Because the supreme court of Massachuesetts had mandated that a law be passed for universal heath care in the state. He could not do anything other than put his two cents in a legistature that was polar opposite from him in political theory. Do I like everything that was passed in that bill. No, but think how much worse it would have been if a Kennedy had been a govenor. Then again, they probably wouldn't have had to take it to the state supreme cour to force Kennedy's hand.