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. Tom Kociemba

    The only Death Panels that exist are the ones by, of and for the private health insurance companies. Because people cannot get health insurance 44,000 died last year. How many 9/11's is that per year Sarah? What do you think we are stupid or uninformed? You are an insult to thinking people.

    November 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  2. Aviate

    We already have death panels, Sarah. They're called insurance companies. Evidently your expertise on health care is as deep and extensive as your mastery of foreign policy. Can you see a hospital from your house, too?

    Palin should really go back to preparing for her hard-hitting, no-holds barred interviews with Hannity, Levin, and O'Reilly.

    November 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. Rob R

    We have death panels NOW Sarah, and bureaucrats who decide what care I can and cannot have, based on the bottom line...scaring the gun and religion clingers won't do it this time, Sarah...fade away...fade away

    November 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Patricia Dickson

    since Palin is so bright why isn't she go to the mosque in new york and pich her view about death panel i am trying to understand why a woman like her have a unwed daughter having babies because she is going to have another one soon because palin is not their to give her love and support she around the country spreading hate and looking free money from some rich ediot who looking to loose some money and their dignity.

    November 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. 30 Year Veteran

    She is absolutely right it is there. Not only that you won't be allowed to see physicians anymore but instead some nurse of physicians assistant when they can work you in. Operations are out and prescription drugs not allowed unless you can pay for them. HURRAY OBAM THE MAN OF CHANGE.

    November 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  6. tjaman

    People like Sarah Palin make me _wish_ we had death panels.

    November 9, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. dave

    doesn't anyone remember a couple of years ago when insurance companies were throwing new mothers out of the hospital 24 hours after giving birth

    Congress had to pass a law to allow new mothers 48 hours of hospital care. (in those bad bad European counties new mothers can stay in the hospital up to 3 days)

    Why do nuts like Palin think insurance companies are so great -

    Why does the GOP think the profit motive is the secret to good health care? Maybe because making money off of sick people is morally repugnant? Republicans make money from death (war) and disease. go GOP!

    November 9, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  8. GI Joe

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha a ha

    She can't help it – she's stooooooopid

    November 9, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. Diane

    It's true–morons never learn–and she is a First Degree Moron!

    November 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  10. johnrj08

    An individual bereft of any original ideas who can't even mount decent attacks any more. Truly unworthy of further coverage by the press.

    November 9, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  11. vet in texas

    she also said the Iraq war was a mission from God and she "pals" around with communists......go figure?

    November 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. kate

    Sarah.....We already have "death panels"...insurance companies.
    Why would we believe anything you say?

    November 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. Greg

    Irresponsible and ignorant: two words that are becoming synonymous with Mrs. Palin.

    November 9, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Lucullus

    The question is not "how crazy can this woman be" but how stupid are the yokels who believe her insanity. God help this country if it's citizenry is so uninformed and gullable that they'll give credence to this sick pathetic woman

    November 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. dham in Michigan

    Sarah Palin isn't writing these Facebook entries. Why is everyone pretending that she is? Oh, right to give the defense more credibility...(sigh)

    November 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Mike Dallas

    Saint Sarah of the Silly claims to have a direct line straight to God, and is doing "God's will" which apparently includes lying about health reform.

    If she represents "christians", will one of you page, email, tweet, post to God's facebook wall or whatever method you use to communicate with God, and get that whole "rapture" scene scheduled?

    Once all you "christians" are gone, we heathens can deal with the four Horseman, the plagues and floods, all would be a reprieve from having to deal with you freaks!

    November 9, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. reinstate the fairness doctrine

    Fox News and other conservative media organizations, and there's a lot, will be splashing this all over their cover pages in a effort to scare and anger people. Never before has there been a greater need for the "Fairness Doctrine" to be reinstated than right now.

    November 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  18. Dale

    She's absolutely correct.

    a party will pay if this bill is successful. WHy not leave it up to the people of America?

    Why not place it on the 2010 mid-terms and let the people vote on it. I don't know about anyone else but I'm sick of the politicians voting behind closed doors on anything that effects us people. We should have more say.

    They are making all of our calls and taking our powers. Put "Same sex marriage" and "Health Care" on the mid-term ballots and let the people decide.

    November 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  19. jeff jackson, alabama

    She did not lie about the reason for the board. She
    was only wrong in calling the board a panel.
    Now let's see who really lies. Obama said there
    would be no mandates on small businesses
    concerning the government health care plan.
    Read the plan and you'll see who lies.
    Just put your opinions aside for a time and
    actually read the darn health plan before you pass
    judgement on people.

    November 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  20. jaye

    Come on CNN – do your true journalism duty and point out that these death panels are LIES.

    November 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. soak these corks

    Sarah, Sarah, Sarah...how many times do we have to tell you that the only person who needs a death panel is YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  22. Reny

    if this moron is right, then she needs to point out the specific section of the bill she is refering too. If not SHUT UP LOSER!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  23. chris

    She's just stupid!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. Marcello

    Palin is a disgrace

    November 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Jane/Seattle

    And may this lady visit the death panels first! Maybe then we all can enjoy life without her mucking up the works out here and running her ignorance to her ignorant followers! Peace

    November 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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