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Death panels: Born again



The news of a slow post-Christmas Day has to be the New York Times report on revival of end-of-life medical planning by the Obama administration — through regulation rather than legislation. Republican sloganmeisters made death panels one of the early callls to arms on health care reform. I hope a little more reason will prevail this time around.

Pay doctors to advise patients on options for end-of-life care, including advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment? Absolutely. Been down this road. Twice. Good for patients. Good for families. Good for medical practice.

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