November 9th, 2009
02:45 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    How about forming an exile panel. I would recommend exile for Ms.Palin , perhaps to the sunny Priblof islands

    November 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. kim barres

    Please go away....

    November 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  3. ghostwriter

    Not the brightest bulb, now is she? Yep, continue to beat that head of your against the brick wall. Maybe sooner or later you'll figure out that we ain't listening.

    November 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  4. Mike

    Paraphrasing the movie, Blackdraft: Sarah, that light in the corner of your eye, that's your career dissipationlight, and it just went into overdrive.

    Ms. Palin's 15 minutes of fame is quickly wearing out. She spent what little political capital she had trying to get northern NY to elect a candidate that knew nothing of the district just to get a conservative elected is now grasping at old straws. She knew she got some free publicity by lying about the death panels and hopes to have it happen again.

    I am glad that they provision she hates is in the bill. I have experienced the consultation she hates with my own mother. No doctor told us what to do, just laid out the prognosis and the options..we dedcided. There is nothing wrong with allowing the doctors to get paid for these meetings.

    Sarah, it's time for you to hang it up. Make your money as a partisan hack on a book tour but leave the facebooking to the professionals.

    November 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  5. Doorguy

    I take it that Mz Palin has NEVER had to deak with Health Care Insurance. Talk about your "death panels". Maybe my father would be alive today id the US had health care like they do in Europe and Canada. Why does OUR country have to be the ONLY for profit health insurance country in the world? I bet if Mz Palin would have the health care that my father had, shed be more open to goverment sponsered health insurance. But she doesnt have to worry about that, WE tax payers pay for her health care

    November 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Fan

    Sarah is a disgrace to this country. She should keep her mouth shut and concentrate on dividing the GOP party.

    November 9, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Joanne ont canada

    Palin's a nut case w/ no brains! She is in my opinion the least intelligent human on this earth!!! Nothin but irrational psycho babble spews from her mouth! Deeply distressful this woman is!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. Blutarski

    The health care bill also does not "provide 36 million people with health insurance". It only mandates that you or your employer purchase it. It is not a gift from the government, it is an unfunded mandate. Granted, there are some provisions for unemployed persons, who can not afford insurance, but it is not anything close to 36 million. States that make it illegal not to have auto insurance have not provided auto insurance to millions of drivers have they?

    November 9, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Casey

    Maybe it is time for reputable New organisation to stop reporting on the lunatic and advise her to go see a Psychiatric doctor... but I doubt it because the media is a sick as Palin is.

    November 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Conserva-Baggers are bad for America

    So, we're back to this crap again. (sigh) When will this woman just stop and fade into obsurity where she belongs?

    November 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Wes B.

    Dear Sarah:

    Please stop with the lies. You are just making yourself look (more) foolish.

    Sincerely,

    Everyone

    November 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but...

    Because 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 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  13. Sheri

    Why is she still on this "death panel" "bureaucratic panels"? First off it's in the bill because of the Republicans, secondly she backed the same thing in Alaska? For the Sarah cheerleaders who will naturally post We are afraid of her" no, it's when somebody is hypocrite and lying, it needs to be called out!

    November 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  14. Mark in Atlanta

    Death panels are not a figment of Palin's imagination. They are real. You can find them in the back offices of every "for profit" insurance company, dilligently trying to figure out how to deny coverage to anyone whose health needs might be too costly for their bottom line. As for the panels actually mentioned in the bill, they are troubling, but not for the reason Palin sugest. As anyone who has read the bill knows, their purpose is to figure out who is eligible for the gevernment program. Thye have nothing to do with making decisions about treatments. Thye are troubling because, far from forcing everyone into the public program, the bill placs tight limits on who will be allowed to select it if they want it.

    November 9, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Willa-PA

    Shut up Sarah!

    November 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Terry from West Texas

    It is difficult to decide whether Sarah Palin is lying or not. Obviously, the whole "death panel" nonsense is not true. Everyone who can read knows that.

    What is difficult is to decide whether Palin knows she is repeating an untruth. Lying must be intentional. If someone asks me to name the capital of New Mexico and I reply "Albuquerque" because I really think that is the capital (it is Santa Fe), then I am not lying. I am mistakenly stating what I really believe to be the truth.

    In Palin's case, I am not at all sure of her mental stability. She might actually believe that anything she says is actually true. She seems very confused about what is real and what is not.

    When a crazy person tells you that the devil is talking to him, he's not lying because he really believes the devil is talking to him.

    November 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. robert diogenes

    GET THE FACTS BEHIND THE NEWS! Does Ms Palin consider Medicare ruled by death panels? Would she like to see Medicare discontinued? Should seniors buy their own insurance ? Talk to a few seniors and get their opinion> She maybe surprised. Her comments are absurd.

    Its too bad the Republican people have become shills for the insurance industry. The insurance people have had many years to provide low cost full coverage insurance policies but have never done so. If they had perhaps the house bill would not have been necessary.

    November 9, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. Big John

    Sarah and her vile comments urging votes against health care are the "death panels". The republicans just don't want the uninsured to have health care. Many who need it and can't afford it are unemployed and /or homeless and the republicans don't care about these people.
    The democratic party cares about all of the citizensand just wants those who don't have health care to be able to get it. Go crawl back under whatever rock you came from Sarah and stop spewing hate.

    November 9, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  19. Tom in CA

    Does anyone really care what the Alaska Air Head says?

    ... no-critical thinkers ....

    November 9, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  20. Mark in AZ

    "non-partisan factcheck.org" ???? Gimme a break.

    factcheck.org is an arm of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, funded by the Annenberg Foundation. Annenberg funded the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. Who headed that up? Why, Barack Obama and Bill Ayers!! Wow, it's such a shock that factcheck.org would then claim that Palin's "death panel" charge is inaccurate. /sarc

    It's a good thing the Senate committee made a big deal of removing these "nonexistent" death panels from their version of the legislation.

    November 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. Sue, Vienna, VA

    What doesn't this woman understand?! Her remarks regarding "death panels" has been discredited over and over again by a plethora of knowledgeable people. And does she really believe that AARP and the AMA would back such an act! She really is a frightening individual.

    November 9, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. CommonSense09

    Palin is basically out for money, money and more money! Acting like a true republican; out for her self only and will say anything for attention! Wow and just think she could have been the vice president, which could have been the "Death Panel for the Country"....

    November 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. TRA

    I sure hope she has actually read the reform bill just out of the fear Katey Couric or other Journalist may ask her what is actually in it.

    November 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Dee G. - CT Voter

    PLEASE, someone make this woman shut-up!

    November 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Jamie

    Some people never learn! Oh, Sarah!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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