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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  1. Steve

    As long as there are not "Stupidity Panels", Sarah has nothing to fear.

    November 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  2. Please stopr censoring...thx S Callahan

    Sarah you confuse me so much...you put yourself in a panic over national healthcare....where is you faith in ACTION? God is bigger than this...please stop trying to incite fear..that is far far from the true God of all Gods. You should be encouraging your followers to pray..isn't that what is commanded of us. Stop this...you are misleading people.

    November 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. gwen

    Who cares what this stupid woman thinks – she has proven time and again she doesn't know the facts, doesn't care to learn the facts and just spouts out lies to her crazy tea bagger base who don't care about facts either. The provision in the original bill to help people facing end of life decisions by being able to make appointments with their doctors to discuss this and have it paid for by medicare was a wonderful addition to help patients and their families deal with a hard time in a dignified, united manner, most doctors and AARP back this!!
    sarah palin and the republicans should be ashamed of their lies and how they hurt americans!!

    November 9, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. Laurie

    For God's sake shut up you fool!

    November 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Andrew Halloran

    Why in the world does this person still matter? Republicans, if you are ever to recover and have a "big tent" again, you need to distance yourself from this albatross and stop being the party of the ignorant and the paranoid.

    November 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. Holly H

    I wish Palin would just shut up and go away already. It was bad enough when she was campaigning for VP. Seriously. she couldn't even finish her responsiblities as governor. Yet she preaches to everyone about its supposed to be done. Can anyone say quitter, go back to Alaska...fast.

    November 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. ross berg-buffalo ny

    As a former Palin supporter I must say that she continues to be on her own self-destructing campaign. The bill the House approved has nothing close in it to what she's claiming!! The fact that Medicare will now be in a position to pay a Doctor for a consultation session whereas before it couldn't is good news for seniors who in many cases will want this advice!!

    Palins statements are nothing short of shameful political self-serving attention getters! She should be ashamed!!

    November 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Miguel

    Oh God! Here we are again with this "death panel" nonsense! That is just one reason why Sarah Palin will NEVER, EVER, EVER be President! She is just too stupid! Anyone who believes this death panel bull is either lying to the public or just too stupid to now the difference. No one in their right mind would ever allow seniors to be subjected to death panels. Yes, we should treat seniors much better than we already do, but as someone who lost their father to Parkinson's Disease, I am offended by Ms. Palin's ridiculous remarks. I'm waiting for her 15 minutes of fame to be over!

    November 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Sam Sixpack

    If you just check out Peter Orszag's July 17, 2009 letter to Nancy Pelosi about the "Independent Medicare Advisory Council," you'll see Palin is telling the truth. What is stunning is that so many supposed "news" outlets choose to be part of the cover up.

    November 9, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  10. Carl

    Palinites love Palinisms and she is full of them. You go girl. Palin/Limbaugh 2012!!

    November 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Susan in NC

    Silly, silly Sarah - "death panels" are nothing new - we have them now - they're called insurance companies!

    November 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. dotty

    Why are you wasting space and time on Palin's every comment? Why is what this absentee mother, wannabe "star" even listened to? C'mon, give us a break from Sarah's mouth!

    November 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. beth

    Poor, poor Sarah. Maybe she shouldn't have quit her job and she would still have her government health care. This loser understands NOTHING about the proposed health care plan and she should just shut up. I

    November 9, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. nadine

    Palin quit on the people in Alaska just to type of facebook attacking healthcare. She doesn't have America best interest, only when it's loading her pocket with $$$$'s!

    November 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Jack Adams

    As her book is getting released, she needs to stay in the news with more such words. While first amendment is a boon, sometimes it is a curse that we have folks like Palin abusing it for their own selfish needs.
    Does she have a alternative solution for the healthcare issues that we are facing.. No... But she sure can call names!!
    Can CNN stop providing her the publicity that she so deperately seeks?

    November 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Joseph-Ohio

    When will we stop being concerned about what Sara Palin says? She was 2nd fiddle on the bad end of a doomed ticket for President in 2009. This woman is a quitter! Why is she still considered news? If there are still people out there that care about what this woman says, I will make sure to pray for the renewing of their right wing minds. Here's a suggestion, Republican's pick a real candidate already!

    November 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Gary

    Enough of the nonsence. Sara we need you to come to Florida and give one of the Real GOP candidates a Hug so we will elect more Democrats.

    November 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Angie in PA

    Nothing new hear folks just a lying quiting scum, Let her keep it up she is destroying herself!

    November 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Jaideep

    Last time I checked there are 46 million people in this country with no Health care meaning we are already calling the shots for all 46 million people to die in the case they got sick..

    November 9, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. Sam

    Why do we even bother to report what this nut case has to say?

    November 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. NC

    Palin needs to get a job with the tabloids because all she's interested in anymore is spreading drama through overblown exagerations and outright lies.

    November 9, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. Boytjie

    Since she made a fool of herself in NY23 she has to deflect attention somewhere else.

    November 9, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  23. Gary

    Palin is an idiot, plain and simple.

    November 9, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. chuck

    It truely amazes me that people still listen to this woman. The dumbing down of America will be complete when she is elected President.

    November 9, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. yuri

    We respect freedom of speech and expression, but Palin's puerile and perfidious parades and performances, typically fit the category of hell-raising demogoguery. Beck and Backmann boldly back these kinds of hogwash, with renewed belligerence, in order to spew venom, and vitriol.

    As for the Dems, we, for one, seem uncomfortable w/ the penalty of 250000 USD and 5-yr. jail sentence, for refusing to insure. That seems pretty stiff, and it will be nice if they can do something else.

    November 9, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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