GOP Sen. Slams Prez's Town Hall 'Shout-Out'

Says he 'vehemently opposes' Congressional measures
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2009 10:00 AM CDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, left, shares a laugh with Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., before the final session of the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008.    (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – At yesterday's town hall, President Obama cited health care reform backing from a Republican senator—giving a shout-out to Georgia's Johnny Isakson—and the lawmaker is none too pleased, Politico reports. Obama said Isakson sponsored voluntary end-of-life counseling measures, prompting Isakson’s office to assert that he “vehemently opposes the House and Senate health care bills” and “played no role” in the plan.

However, Isakson did back a Senate health committee amendment offering living will and power of attorney counseling to “anyone who participates in a long-term health benefit,” writes Glenn Thrush. His office says that amendment was about letting patients get help with such concerns, not “calling for the government to incentivize doctors by offering them money to conduct end-of-life counseling.”