November 9th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
4 years ago

Palin returns to 'death panels'

Palin is again saying the new health care bill will establish 'death panels.'
Palin is again saying the new health care bill will establish 'death panels.'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is returning to the two words widely credited with helping to spur angry town-halls on health care reform over the summer: "death panels."

In a Facebook post over the weekend, the former Alaska governor launched into a torrent of criticism about the recently-passed House health care reform bill, including the notion "bureaucratic panels" will ultimately decide who lives and who dies.

"We had been told there were no 'death panels' in the bill either," Palin wrote in the post. "But look closely at the provision mandating bureaucratic panels that will be calling the shots regarding who will receive government health care."

Palin initially backed the death panel claim early last August in comments that sparked many of her supporters, and critics of the health care reform bill as a whole, to publicly express their disapproval at heated town-hall forums across the country.

The words "death panel" are nowhere to be found in the bill, but the phrase soon became among the most searched on Google, and President Obama directly rebutted Palin's claim a week later.

In her recent Facebook post, Palin didn't offer further evidence of the establishment of death panels. The non-partisan FactCheck.org has refuted her argument.

"The fact remains that the bill wouldn't require patients to receive counseling sessions, nor would it require a doctor to offer one. Rather, it modifies Section 1861(s)2 of the Social Security Act, defining what services Medicare will pay for. So if a patient receives a counseling session from a doctor or health care practitioner, he or she doesn't have to pay for it – Medicare will," the organization wrote.


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  1. Boyd Phillips

    She is such a stupid idiot!

    November 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. PALIN 2012 !!

    Obama is just not in synch with this country. America needs another change – but this time, one the country can live with.

    November 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Kathy

    The truth is not something Sara Palin is familiar with.

    November 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    She's such an idiot. We already have death panels in America Sarah. They're called the insurance companies. When an insurance compnay denies you for a pre-existing condition, what the hell do you call that? Someone put a sock in this baffoon's mouth.

    November 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Danny

    Psychos. Nothing but psychos.

    To put it in terms you can understand (yah you in the Bible belt and Christian districts who keep voting these idiots into office because of their "faith" and "family values"), the GOP is the "anti-Christ". They don't care about you. Just their power. You think Sarah cares whether or not there are death panels?!? She will have health care and treatment options regardless of what happens in the US. If she cared so much for her people, who did she abandon the governorship of Alaska?!? Because she's tired of politics as usual? Please. She is the epitemy of politics as usual. Pathetic.

    November 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  6. andrew s. rostolder

    this woman should be put in the rubber room with the book she didn't write.....

    November 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. debbie

    CNN why are giving t his PRIVATE citizen headlines? I realize that idiots are always interesting but this one has long since worn out her novelty.

    November 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Yomittnv

    Lies and deceit aren't very Christian, Sarah

    November 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. Maryann Rose

    For Pete's Sake, Sarah!!

    Here is your death panel:

    Republicans deciding that 14,000 Americans per month can die for lack of health insurance.

    November 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  10. haren

    CNN now we are sick and tired of writing in this tickers to oppose this stupid lady.

    November 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Joshua College Station Texas

    Fear tactics.

    Anything to get health care reform to fail!

    For Republicans, it's not about health care, it's about political control. They just want to "break" the president. All their talking points are tactics, and they are NOT TRUE!

    November 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Tania

    "But look closely at the provision mandating bureaucratic panels that will be calling the shots regarding who will receive government health care."

    Is there anyone on this green earth who believes that Palin actually wrote this herself? Does she know what each of these words means? Is this her sentence structure?

    November 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. stuart

    Shes an idiot...she is probably cheating on her husband.

    November 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. andy

    In her recent Facebook post, Palin didn't offer further evidence of the establishment of death panels. The non-partisan FactCheck.org has refuted her argument.

    ____

    Shocking. Something Palin says that turns out to have no evidence to support it? Should we be surprised?

    November 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. jim

    everyone KNOWS there are no death panels. yet she continues to claim there are. this person will never get my vote for any public office. she is a disgrace to humanity.

    once again, i ask, when will the republicans try to be part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.

    November 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    Since Fido has nothing better to do, she needs to keep her face in the news on a regular basis. Even some of her own (GOPers) have refuted this idiotic rant.

    November 9, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Bertina

    Palin is so stupid she doesn't realize she signed for death panels while she was governor.

    November 9, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  18. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    So, instead of complaining about the provisions, then why doesn't she and the other Republican's and those against the bill PUSH FOR making sure the people who wrote the bill and voted for it amend it to include all government employees, including the Congress, to have the same thing we get! Simple solution isn't it?

    November 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. jane

    when are you going to stop reporting the worthless things this woman says - i suppose when the rest of us stop being entertained by them. whatever happened to bonafide news?

    November 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Bill

    wow this woman is a nut case. I just don't understand why people still think that she is the savior of the GOP. If I was a republican, I would be embarrased that she is representing the party. I mean seriously look at her track record.

    Bridge to no where...
    Trooper gate....
    Going Rouge (such a joke).....
    Quit as the Gov. so she could hit the book circuit to cash in...
    Insane comments like this.....

    Seriously why is this person still around?? Can anyone please explain to me why people are so enchanted by her?

    November 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Mike in LR

    Of course they're death panels. Counseling sessions is not what Palin referred to. It will be the judgement of a government panel as to what care you will get. Statistically speaking whether you're worth the cost of a procedure or medication. This is death by statistic and it is most surely part of Pelosi's plan. I understand it's not politically correct to say so but that doesn't change the facts. Anyone senator for this plan is a loon and will be turned out in 2010.

    November 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. WDRussell

    Republicans-–If you don't have health insurance, just die. Now here is Sarah to talk about deathpanels.

    November 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. Dar

    She isn't telling a lie. it's there, stop letting the Dems think for you, look at the bill "READ IT". Illegal's wont be insured Odumbo said, Joe Wilson said you LIE, and sure enough, it's in there.

    November 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  24. Russ

    Obviously this woman, who claims to have written a book, yeah right, can't read. The death panel nonsense has been debunked more times than she has cited false Republican talking points or winked at an audience. God Sarah, do you have any self esteem left? I have more respect for a prostitiute than you. At least they usually live up to ones expectations.

    November 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  25. Ron in California

    The death panels.that worry me are the Congress and Senate who are killing our system and our economy

    November 9, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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