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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soundoff (299 Responses)
  1. Gary -Texas

    You go Sarah .. you are making Democrates look even better than before .. nut case

    November 9, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Joan, NY

    Pailin is such a dope. Even Lady Ga Ga carries more political weight.

    November 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. SH in TX

    Insurance companies have "Death Panels" now. They decide who lives or dies by refusing to insure people who are sick and need healthcare the most, or cancelling policies of people who put in a claim. They also classify many life saving procedures and medicines as "experimental" so they can refuse to cover them.

    Palin needs to shut up and go back to Alaska. She has no idea what she's talking about.

    November 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  4. Brian

    Why is it bad that we want to provide people with free counseling when they're sick? Many people come to grips with reality while lying on their death bed and they just want to talk to someone about the impact their death will have on their family, both emotionally and financially. I think providing this service for the sick is critical.

    November 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Ken

    Why CNN and other news organizations continue to give this woman publicity must be for the revenue she generates for you. She's obviously demented.

    November 9, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. henry

    Oh shut up you clown. And to think she would be our VP. Good representative of the GOP.

    November 9, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  7. Big-K (DC)

    I believe Paulin if given the opportunity could not comprehend the health care bill even if it was explain to her.If she didn't have a left wingnut writing her blogs for her. She would be talking loud and saying nothing like she always do when they allow her speak on her own.

    November 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  8. Josh

    Can we please stop talking about her? Since when is the villiage idiot so note worthy? Send her a dunce cap (call it a Maverick Hat so she'll participate) and a two legged chair, put her in a circular room and ask her to sit in the corner and we'll never hear from her again.

    November 9, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  9. Fair is Fair

    As predicted, a Palin story to distract from the fact that the HCR bill passed by the house is DOA in the senate.

    Right on cue.

    November 9, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Ed in Reno,Nevada

    Does this woman know the meaning of the words shut up?

    November 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Justin

    By Palin's standards, we already live in a world of death panels. They wear suits, stand between us and our doctors, can say "NO" to our treatments, and ultimately can condemn the sick to death. They work for the health insurance companies.

    November 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Charlotte

    That wack job, for all her fake pretense to being Christian, sure doesn't pay much attention to the Ten Commandments. Isn't there something in there about not bearing false witness.....in other words quit being a liar. The woman is evil just by being so self-centered and stupid, and not caring what heinous crimes she is committing against the needy through her pandering to the cruelest and most selfish of Americans.

    November 9, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Scott

    The actual issue is who decides who gets care and who doesn't. At present, the insurance companies make this decision, and if the health care bill passes similar decisions will have to be made, but this time by government workers for those using the public option.

    So the question really comes down to who do you trust with your care? With whom do you have the greatest recourse if you do not agree with the decision? Cigna? Blue Cross? or the government.

    The problem is that there simply isn't enough money to keep everyone alive forever, so decisions are made. They are being made now, and will have to be made under whatever system we choose. So who would you choose to make those decisions? Over whom do we the people have the most sway?

    November 9, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. ps

    Hey Sarah, panels for profit health insurance companies decide what care is given and what isn't all the time – give me a non-profit panel any day.Go back to protecting the country in Alaska by keeping your eye on Russia.

    November 9, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  15. W Spivey

    This women needs to return to her former profession of prostitution, for she is certainly giving it to the world.

    November 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Chris

    Keep the brain-washing up Palin and the sheep will listen unfortunately I guess. It is sad that even though the insurance companies act as the death panels, forcing doctors to choose not to help when a patient can't afford operations and such. I feel terrible that our system supports this sort of evil, but if healthcare reform is not given as a result of this, then there truly is no hope for our union. It would be a win for greed, and the death paneling of insurance companies will continue. Sarah is no Christian; Jesus never defended greed, he healed the sick, not denied them care. The AMA and AARP endorsed the House bill, so let's see what happens in the Senate; I have my fingers crossed on it passing.

    November 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. frisky

    Keep talking Sarah so everyone can see for themselves what a loon you are. Keep talking!

    November 9, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Kurt from Canada

    Absolutely shameless.

    Canada has universal health care. We live longer than Americans. So do most Western European countries that have some form of significant public health care.

    You would be well advised to accept our, "death pannels" since they appear to give us a few more years on this planet than your current free market system.

    November 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Obinna

    This Quitter should crawl back to the hole than making unnecessary comments. Does she think she has a chance in 2012? I think her chances to unseating Obama is .99999999999999%. Quitters are losers of course. As far as I am concerned she is a losser!

    November 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. CBR

    It amazes me that Sarah Palin is so open and free with her comments but she does not have a contact site so that citizens can write her.

    A government panel is not a death panel. Right now insurance companies have people who decide what insurance will or will not cover. Many cannot even go for to a specialist without prior permission from their health insurer.

    It would be so nice if the facts were not twisted to match someones' ideology. A principle is a basic truth and implies integrity. If these are Sarah's principles I would like to have a sit down and discuss them with her. Denying others what you have given to you is not a principle.

    November 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Brandon

    I wish someone would find a death panel for you Sarah.

    November 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. not alone

    Hey chick!! health care corperations already have DEATH PANELS give it a freakin rest will you and get you facts streight some folks accually believe what you say./ponder

    November 9, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. joc,alabama

    Sounds like she can't comprehend

    November 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. PEC

    She didn't have to. If CNN would stop being lazy she has already backed up where her claim is from. Oh CNN isn't talking about the Facebook that they were called out on for bad journalism. Can't accuse somebody of anything until you confess your own mistakes.

    November 9, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  25. Joe

    Please stop giving this silly twit free publicity. Nothing she says or thinks is newsworthy. This is an important topic that deserves debate on the facts, not the pronouncements of a narcissistic sociopath.

    November 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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