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. Ben in Texas

    It's worse than that, Sarah. Death panels already exist. They're called health insurance companies, and their denial of claims kills thousands every year. And you support them, you brainless twit.

    November 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. If wishes were horses,

    I did not expect to write this but I have to. It is really absurd to be crazy and stupid at the same time. Am so sad to say this woman carries both tags!

    November 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Bob of Lompoc

    The phrase "Death Panels" by Palin, the word "Kill" by Armey – that is all they can come up with, these Republican scare mongers, fear. They have no ideas.

    That is what a CONSERVATIVE is: Stop any change !

    November 9, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. Nathan

    So whats the difference between gov't officials deciding who to cover or not to cover and the health care industry corporations, which are (as far as i know) NOTORIOUS for cutting care for people with pre existing conditons and in many cases not even giving people the full coverage they pay for?!?!

    When will this Palin lady fall away back into the Alaskan woods?

    I mean just hawk your book and get out of politics!

    Don't you have a teen single mom to watch out for?

    The old crow should fly away and look at Russia until her seniality/menopuase takes care of her for us.

    Who cares about anything Palin says.... oh yea there are a bunch of bloated "the view " watching women who are gonna need the plan more than the rest of us! LOL you go girl, girl power LOL

    November 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Tom in FL

    So any attempt to regulate utilization in health care constitutes a "death panel"? Utilization review is already widely done by insurance companies, hospitals, and other health care institutions. Republicans call it "managed care" and skim money off the top to do it, but when Democrats try to do it for free they're running "death panels". What planet is this silly woman and her supporters living on?

    November 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  6. Jim Steele

    Good lord – she's both wrong _and_ crazy.

    November 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  7. Leslie

    No news here! No one cares! No one in their right mind would believe that pathological liar!

    November 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. JasV

    Please ignore this dunce.

    November 9, 2009 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  9. S M R

    Sarah is only a Citizen, could someone SHUT HER UP?

    November 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. The Nurse

    Please stop covering her.

    November 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    CNN should do a FACT CHECK on this one and expose the PA'AN once again!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  12. jeff in florida

    this woman is bezerk. 'Nuff said.

    November 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Doc in Virginia

    When you have a mind that is so amazingly narrrow, it can only repeat itself, being free from progressive or innovative thought. Just that record with a skip in it that keeps playing over & over again.
    "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."
    I mean, get over it, Sarah!

    November 9, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Kim

    Why won't this woman go away!!!!!!! Alaska is not far enough, she needs her own planet! How can she critique the Health Care Bill, when she doesn't even know the three branches of our government, and their roles!!!!!! She is truly a disgrace to humans! Sarah Palin, the missing link!!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Palin is showing that she is an unthinking ideologue. Has she stated that she read the bill (any part)? I would like her to state where she found this because otherwise, she is just a plain non-thinker speaking for the GOP. That only makes the party look more foolish.

    November 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. NVa Native

    When she attacks our President with lies and deceptions, and then some one counters her slander with truth, then she always claims to be the "victim". What a disgrace she is to the millions of women who strive every day to treated fairly and equitably while dealing with sexism in the work place.
    She can't handle her elected position and quits, then blames it on some one else.
    She is a disgrace to all hard working Americans.

    The only people who talk about "fearing" Palin are the ones (tea-baggers) who adore her.

    November 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Change In America

    Palin go live in Russia dont nobody cares what u say

    November 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  18. Linda from Minnesota

    She's as nutty as ever. There will be no death panels.

    November 9, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  19. Ethan

    Facebook! Hahahahahahaha! Why doesn't she talk to all of America? Why doesn't she have a serious discussion on the issues?

    Other than die-hard fundamentalist Christians who have shown that they'd rather stick to a political ideology than behave as a Christian (feed the hungry, heal the sick), WHO WOULD TAKE HER SERIOUSLY? She is a fraud and a bad joke on the American style of democracy and governance.

    We need to get back to real governing. Something the Dems do very well and the Neo-confederate conservatives hate.

    It is long long long overdue that we return to a serious, hard look at issues that effect everyone, and not just hot-button pet causes of the most extreme-right (which equates to about 20% of the American people).

    November 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. Ray

    Does anyone care what this individual says/thinks? She is entirely irrelevant. Period. There's got to be other news that is more credible as well as more relevant that you could report.......

    November 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Sandy

    Hey Sarahs right on! The goverment is going to dictate what treatments we will have. That enables the goverment to dictate who lives and who dies. Wake up America Tell me what the goverment has run that is effecient and cost effective. Uhg the Post Office Fannie and Freddie Social Security Medicare ect.

    November 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. Mike

    Spreading ignorance as usual.
    GOP operates by whipping up fear and anger, at any cost, by any means, including blatant misinformation.

    The sad thing is, it works much of the time.

    There are many issues to tackle now, but for the future of our country, we need to shore up education. That's the only way to protect democracy and guard against such manipulative politics.

    November 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  23. Chris

    I wonder if Palin has ever read "The Boy Who Cried Wolf". The more we hear her and her Republican colleagues make baseless and blatantly false accusations, the less likely we are to believe them concerning anything. Once we don't trust a thing the Republicans say because simply because they're Republicans, Democrats will be able to exist completely unchecked, and regardless of your political affiliation, that's not a good thing for Democracy.

    November 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. felicia

    I'm so sick of palin i hope levi spill the beans about whatever he's hiding about her. Because she is just getting beside herself and needs to be brought down a notch or two.

    November 9, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. Robert

    Who cares what that idiot has to say!

    November 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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