July 2nd, 2010 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

Earl Blumenauer vs. Sarah Palin ... Again on End of Life Consults

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Time for Sarah Palin to start beating the drums again about U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer's "death panels."

Blumenauer (D-Ore.) plans to hold a news conference next week to announce his introduction of legislation that "would provide a Medicare and Medicaid benefit for voluntary patient-physician consultations regarding advance care planning." Sounds reasonable enough.

But as you may remember, Palin seized on Blumenauer's similar proposal last year as a harbinger of government death panels, a claim that earned Palin her own dubious distinction.

Blumenauer says in his announcement of his July 7 news conference that his legislation would provide grants to states to create Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment programs, allow portability of advance directives across states, and require standards to include completed advance care planning documents within a patient's electronic health record.

Blumenauer also said his "Personalize Your Care Act" has bipartisan support, though it's hard to imagine such a politically charged issue getting much traction so close to the November elections.

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