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. Robert J 1

    Well.well,. After 15 plus years of do nothing positive fear mongering bueacratic BS it continues now with an absolute moron as the Republican spokesperson.. Until now Bush and Cheney lead the fearmongering. Now we have the new leader. A woman that is a quitter! Amazing! RepublicaNS – GET A LIFE- WE DON'T NEED YOU OR WANT YOU – YOU HAD YOUR CHANCE – GO STAND IN THE COTNER AND SHUT UP !

    November 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. odumber, 1 and a half year old maturity level...

    Will someone please forward this lady the book-on-tape version of the bill, that way there's no more argument over something that just isn't there.

    OR

    We can just start printing erroneous "facts' about Palin, like:
    Sarah Palin was born without opposable thumbs.
    Palin is an old eskimo word for "Polar bear poacher."
    Sarah Palin once came in second in Wasilla's Hot Dog Eating contest, gave hour-long consession speech.
    Sarah Palin's drives a flying car, owns an original "hover board," from before they were banned for safety reasons.
    Sarah Palin invented the question mark.

    hmmm... Now I can see why they distort the truth, it is fun!

    November 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. Greg Ballantyne

    Sarah Palin is one person who can cause reasonable people to imagine a world in which a death panel could be usefull......

    November 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. Elise from Virginia

    Fear. That is all I hear coming out of the mouths of Republicans lately. Be afraid. Your government can't be trusted, be very afraid. Yell and scream out your fear,slander and despise your own president, vote us back into office...and then what? You don't have to fear the government anymore because look at how well WE took care of you for the last 8 years?
    My mother died of lung cancer 20 years ago. NOT ONE OF HER DOCTORS WANTED TO TELL US SHE WAS DYING. No one counseled her about her options. No one told us we could have had hospice care or a hospital bed for her room at home until her last two weeks of life. She could have been so much more comfortable, so much better informed. She could have had choices. Shut up, Sarah.

    November 9, 2009 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  5. Moderate Democrat

    So GOP.....great job on picking up those governor seats. How did those congress seats go? Oh yea, the seats that actually vote on NATIONAL issues were lost by you. How 'special'.

    November 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  6. NC

    This woman is continuing to divide our country as she did last fall during the Presidental Campaign. She is too ignorant to know that we spend a lot of money for our elderly citizens to have the best quality of life possible. I know Medicare paid tens of thousands of dollars for my parents and in-laws health care that we would never be able to afford.
    She does not have to worry about health care because she and her family get free health care from the state of Alaska because her husband is of Eskimo heritage. Her son with downs syndrome is entitled to a SSI Check from Social Security because of his disability.
    This is a woman that needs to keep her hate and lies in Alaska and take her supporters with her. I will not post another comment in reference to Palin. I feel truly sorry for her chidren because they have to fend for themselves because their mother is crazy.

    November 9, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  7. Linda

    Who cares what she has to say? She never tells the truth about anything and just wants to make trouble! She supports the death panels that now really exist – insurance companies who deny coverage to sick people ALL the time! Insurers who won't cover an existing condition- while making billions in profits! Those ARE DEATH panels! How many many Americans have died because of them.
    Shut up Palin- we don't care what you have to say- why the media even covers it is beyond me

    November 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  8. Andrea

    Really? I mean when Facebook becomes your only forum in which to speak they officially have become irrelevant. She is right about death panels because she is willing to sit at the head of them dyeing coverage to Americans who have none. Nice work Palin how is that Turkey Slaughter agenda working for you?

    November 9, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Patrick

    Sarah

    GO home

    Stay home

    and don't bother us again with your inane banter

    November 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. jmoter

    Sarah P – Who decides who lives and who dies now in the current system? Isn't it big insurance who currently decides who it wants to cover? Aren't they the ones that can deny coverage for people when they really get sick? Besides BIG OIL, the most profitable corporations in america are insurance companies. HMO's! You and all of your republican cronies continue to stand up for these companies and their outrageous profits! Shame on you Sarah Palin.

    November 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  11. Republican

    Is it just me, or did that moron Sarah actually slam the Health Care bill by supporting a different Government run Health Care?

    What an IDIOT this lady is, as well as any reject that believes her stupidity!

    November 9, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  12. A guy

    Why does anyone with half a brain listen to this idiot?

    November 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Yeah, like insurance companies would never do anything like that. You Betcha! Funny, Sarah, you supported end of life counseling when you were governor, even declared a special day for end of life counseling awareness in Alaska. Why the change of heart? Have a nice day!

    November 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. maude

    I think we need a copy of Sarah's high school diploma, to consider her comments about ANYTHING......

    November 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. Chas in Iowa

    Hasn't this lady exhausted her credibility yey?
    She's been shown to be totally off base on all of her accusations she made earlier on Health Care Reform. Now she back using the same old "lets scare the hell out of the elderly" routine.

    Big Pharma must be building up her war chest pretty good.

    November 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. Casey

    Wait, so let me get this straight. According to Palin, the possibility (I'm not willing to believe Mrs. Palin without reading it myself) that the bill would mandate that "bureaucratic panels [call] the shots regarding who will receive government health care." is the equivilent of "death panels"? Ignoring the fact that this legislation doesn't create "government health care", but rather creates a government run INSURANCE option, Palin is not claiming that if you're not given government run health care, you're being sentenced to die. That doesn't sound like she has a lot of confidence in private insurance providers. I guess she's a now a proponent of government-funded universal health care. Wow, who whudda thunk it?

    November 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. precious

    Oh come on, tell the American people what the roles are of the elected commissions in ALL the sections "stated in in the health care bill". We don't want one rebuttal, we want the rebuttal for ALL sections mentioned in this passage of 1900+ pages of the healthcare bill and what roles these elected commissions will play. I believe we do understand the terms "and/or", "shall", "may", etc.

    I guess it is true that "one does not get something for nothing".

    November 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  18. Harley

    YOU GO SARAH you are doing a GOOD JOB !!!! the Dem's are scared of you. We love you in Pa.

    November 9, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. Deb

    How are her supposed 'death panels' any different than the CEO's of current private insurance companies deciding RIGHT NOW if people they cover will be allowed .. yes that's 'ALLOWED' to have the treatments they need, cancer treatments or transplants.. I"m talking children here too not just the elderly who are CONSTANTLY denied care by today's private health care system based on age.. so please Sarah tell us.. how is today's health care death panels any different, other than today's are based on how much the 'care' will cut into the insurance companies profits?? The amount of misinformation and ignorance in this issue is astounding!

    November 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  20. Enitan

    WHY IS THIS LADY RELEVANT??????????????????????????

    NO ONE WITH HALF OF A BRAIN, thinks she has any substance. The Republican Party needs to start thinking about people, instead of thier own personal political gain. Majority of us already woke up, we can no longer be brainwashed as before.

    Hypocracy runs rampant with these people and they still don't get it.

    They preach family values!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, yet they cheat on their wives. and get protected by their families paying of Mistresses,VItter solicited a prostitute yet he is still in office. What family values are these hypocraties talking about ?????????????????????/////

    November 9, 2009 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  21. old timer

    Sahara Palin is right on with this death panel. This health care overhaul is nothing but troble to Americans. It is time to vote out all these people who back this program.
    The leaders of ARRP must go also. If the people who believe that the health care program in its present form is what they want, they will have a rude awakening when they get older and must let some one in the governement decide what is best for them.
    Obama has broken this country and it is time for the people to stand up and be counted,,,,,, We must stop this health care bill as it is wrIitten now. I agree changes are in order but this bill in its entirity is very bad for every one who lives in America
    DONT LET THE GOVERNENT MAKE THESE KIND OF DESICIONS FOR YOU

    November 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  22. Christian Values

    Earth to Sarah: Death panels are real, and they exist! The current system actively slaughters it's members, and they profit from it. We need to get rid of ANY business that makes a profit by sentencing people to death. Finding reasons to murder people is a sin!

    And for those who do not think affordable health care is a right? Guess what, that's why it's in congress. Because it WILL be when we are done. Chew on that!

    November 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  23. Mack

    Sarah – come out, come out wherever you are and stop hiding behind Facebook!! What/Who are you afraid of??

    Whoever is writing your posts needs to write like you talk so we at least can think you wrote the posts. They make too much sense and some of the words are too big for you to have said what was written. You bet'cha!!

    November 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  24. jeff jackson ozark, alabama

    Hey, here's a novel idea
    READ THE PLAN !!!!
    You won't know who's lying until you do.
    Obama said no mandates on small business
    in this health plan....WRONG !!!
    Palin refered to a death panel.
    She is only wrong with her terms.
    There is a board that makes decisions on
    crucial treatment based primarily on your
    age.
    Just Read The Plan before you spew out
    all that hate.

    November 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. diridi

    she is a total idiot...who cares????

    November 9, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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