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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-13-09 08:59 AM
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How a GOP senator's proposal gave rise to 'death panels'
Source: McClatchy

How a GOP senator's proposal gave rise to 'death panels'

By Halimah Abdullah | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON When U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., takes the floor at a meeting at Vineville United Methodist Church in Macon on Thursday, he's expected to face tough questions about why President Barack Obama credits him as the inspiration behind the Democrats' push for end-of-life counseling efforts that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and some fellow conservatives call "death panels."

Both the president and Palin have it all wrong, Isakson said, seeking to distance himself from potentially inflammatory associations in this season of hot-tempered town hall scuffles. Just this week, staffers of Georgia Rep. David Scott, a moderate "Blue Dog" Democrat, found a swastika painted outside his Smyrna district office after one heated town hall meeting.

A remark by the president Tuesday cast Isakson, a conservative lawmaker from a red state, as an unwitting and unwilling poster child for the administration's plea for bipartisanship in writing health care legislation.

At a town hall meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., Obama sought to respond to what he called "misinformation" from critics of his health care efforts, particularly a provision that would allow patients to receive counseling on living wills and end-of-life care.

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