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