Now that Sen. Ted Kennedy has passed away, we can look back and see what was the issue being talked about in the last week of his life - how to replace him in the Senate.
The current law is a special election five months after the vacancy occurs - which would now be late January. The law before 2004 was governor-appointment, and Kennedy wanted it changed back.
Looking back, it was a discussion we should have had in April or May at the latest. But it's hard to talk about death, especially yours.
Can you understand why any mention in any bill about "voluntary discussion of end of life issues" would grab attention? If "death panels" did exist, they wouldn't be too far from that.