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. DianeR PCFL

    A United States Death Panel already exists. It is called the Association of Health Insurance Providers (AHIP). Under the protection of their anti-trust exemption, they are free to establish monpolistic insurance rates, impose recission on their consumers at will and refuse insurance to anyone they determine would lower their profit margin. Their actions are known to kill at least 18,000 Americans a year. Based on her words and opposition to healthcare reform (the House version removed insurance company antitrust exemption), Ie would say that Sarah Palin, the Alaskan Brood Sow, supports the existing US Death Panel.

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  2. lamuella

    at this point, Palin isn't interested in politics at all. She's trying to make money from her brief brush with fame, and we're all helping her do it. She'll pop up every few weeks and say something to appeal to the tea party base, so that they buy her ghostwritten book, or pay for her to come talk at their function. She's a nobody, of no importance other than her fame. CNN, do us all a favor and ignore this bloody woman. If I cared for one second what she wrote on her Facebook page, I'd go to her facebook page. Or hit myself in the temples with a framing hammer, as it would have a similar stupefying effect

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  3. JonDavis

    It takes just five letters to sum up literally everything about Sarah Palin:
    I-D-I-O-T.

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  4. Doug

    The truth is in the language of the bill, which nobody will see until after it has been voted on. The house passed their version, 220-215. The Senate will take it up at some point. If they pass the senate version, it will then go to committee, and even Charlie Rangell told John Boehner before the vote, there is no guarantee that the amendment that prohibited Federal funding for abortion will be included in the final bill, just as Boehner was pointing out.

    The "Death Panels" brought up by Palin don't refer to something actually called a Death Panel, rather the result of the legislation requiring that Seniors will recieve less medical treatment and services, and as the President stated in his ABC lovefest for healthcare, that seniors would have to take pain medication instead.

    Now that's compassion.

    Seniors need to stand up and tell their senators to vote down the healthcare debacle.

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. George James

    As a politician,you can become popular through idiocy and stupid behavior.Take the examples of Sara Palin and Michael Backman.

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. Wanda in Montana

    If I was on the death panel, Palin would be the first to go!

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Msdp

    Well we all know Sarah "Start A Confusion or A Riot" Palin cannot READ!! And neither can "30 Year Veteran" who agreeds with her. This is so sad.

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. Tom in Delaware

    Wonderful...who needs a story about the Islamic Terrorist when you bring up Sarah Palin for the 700th time.

    Say CNN, when are you going to run your next series..."Muslim in America"....we can't wait for you to show us how misunderstood they all are....you're such patriots.

    November 9, 2009 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  9. Bubba

    She's like a broken record. Not very teachable, is she? No wonder she went to five different colleges.
    Sniffit, quit snorting the koolade. Are you telling me YOU admire her?

    November 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  10. scott from michigan

    The real "death panels" are the insurance companies themselves. Think it through, who decides on your claims? Who decides if a treatment is "experimental" or to costly to pay for? Who is making a profit off these decisions? What bothers me the most is that American citizens miss this point, it's the insurance company making the decisions about your life and death. Now we are faced with mandatory health insurance, a huge windfall for the insurance companies and guess what, if the health reform goes through with the provision that no one will be rejected because of "existing health issues" then we will see the insurance companies raise their premiums to cover the cost. I want the public option, I want the choice OF a co-op, I want the right to shop across state lines for insurance, I REFUSE TO ALLOW THE INSURANCE COMPANIES TO CONTINUE TO MURDER PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF CAPITIALISM!!!

    November 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Al from Denver

    Please CNN, we the main stream citizens are sick and tired of hearing the ignorance spewing from a truly uneducated, hate spewing individual who is milking her 15 minutes of fame for everything it's worth. The majority of us come to CNN to get the real news, not the biased garbage that Fox reports. Why do we have to be subjected to stories about and individual who has obviously sold her soul to the highest bidder. She is a quitter and a role model to only those who believe the nonsense and ignorance she posts on her Facebook wall. Please, stop giving this uninformed, fear mongering, money grabbing individual a forum for sharing her nonsense.

    November 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  12. sharon

    You know.............this sure gets old.

    Matter of fact......she gets old.

    Her lines can not improve either..........pittiful.

    As far as death panels go........she should know...................not even letting in 18 wheelers on their own dime to bring in much needed FOOD to folks starving in her little part of the world.

    Yep.................she would not let in free food.

    yep............she would let people starve and die.

    November 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Wayne

    Sarah Palin is a terrorist and anti-American, and should be treated as such.

    November 9, 2009 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  14. Steve

    She quits when the going gets tough, she destroyed a Presidential campaign, and she makes up lies about a health care reform that will help millions of americans who are currently at the mercy of the REAL death panels, the Insurance companies and their 'previous condition' travesty. I will never ever understand why the Right are so determined to stop the poor and the oppressed getting what every american should have. Did I just answer my own question?

    November 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Yates

    Liberal Democrats led by Pelosi just passed the worst healthcare bill ever according to the Wall Street Journal and you are writing about Palin!! Palin is not a repsentative in Congress or the Senate so who care what she thinks. Lets hear about that schmuck Chet Edwards who got a free pass to vote against the healthcare bill from Pelosi. Edwards has always talked about voting for it. What a hypocrite.

    November 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  16. John in Tampa

    "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."

    Page and paragraph please? God what an idiot she is, making an interpretation and staement like that. No doubt that is why the AARP decided to back it, apparently you get suicidal as soon as you retire.

    November 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  17. Jake

    ARRRGGHHHH!!!! Death panels!

    Run for the hills. The Palin is making noise with a three syllable soundbyte designed to get the undereducated into a raging frenzy!

    Don't go away mad Sarah... please just go away.

    November 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. vic nashville , Tn

    She doesn’t know anything AARP endorse this bill

    November 9, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  19. Nicholas Galitzine

    This woman is irresponsible to say the least. She is trying to scare people with out even attempting to provide accurate information. Shame on her!!!! One doubts she has even attempted to read the legislation, what with all those big words being hard for her to understand. Please let he go back to just watching Russia from her window and shut up.

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  20. Palin Power

    Sarah Palin is completely right for she speaks the voice of GOD herself! She has direct connection to God for she is God's Chosen One! She will be America's Greatest President of all times and America will relive its greatest and most golden days under her wise and astute leadership.

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  21. Hugh

    Palin's sole purpose in life is to stay in the media spotlight with outrageous commentary each week. She is irrelevant now and always...

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  22. so

    She is right!!! The government won't be able to sustain the American people for long... It may not be known as a "death panel" but there will be a panel to overlook medical files. Not everyone will have the same treatment and now that it isn't in the publics hands we will have our choices made for us. This is not good people, not good at all!

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. Kate C

    Will this woman not just Go Away???? I guarantee I'd leave this country in a nanosecond if she ever steps foot into the White House. We do not need FEAR ruling us, we need brains, and she is sorely lacking them. I don't for a second believe this is about "republican" versus "Democrat", this is about lobbyists and their money.

    Time to move forward past fear and into action. Please. This country cannot take any more fear-based government.

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. Michael

    I'd like to know what the GWCTTH (Governor who couldn't take the HEAT) thinks the insurance companies are doing everyday. They review the case, say it was a pre-existing condition or that the maximum for that case has been spent. The patient with the terminal illness is "sentenced to death" when they drop the patient from their rolls. Death panels are something the insurance companies thought of long ago. But, this woman never was one to let the FACTS get in the way of her rhetoric!

    November 9, 2009 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Adalbert

    When are we going to start ignoring this agetator?

    November 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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