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. Democrat in MD (CNN please post. Thank you!)

    Why...why...WHY does this woman continue to spread LIES about this bill????If there were "death panels" set up by it, why would the AMA (do no harm...) & the AARP (which speaks for millions of senior citizens...including me) endorse it??????

    November 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. Brook E. Mantia

    And what does she call the profiteering insuance bureaucrats who have been deciding who lives or dies depending on how much money they can suck out of you RIGHT NOW??? Does she have ANY IDEA AT ALL how many grannies, grandpas, moms & dads, kids, aunts, uncles, cousins & poor folk in general they have ALREADY pulled the plug on? She obviously can't be taken seriously.

    November 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. PacificView

    The Death of Credibility Panel has a standing opening for Sarah.

    November 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. Linda from Minnesota

    She's as nutty as ever. There will be no death panels. Every hospital should discuss end of life so the patient can make their own decisions. Do you want to go to hospice? Want to try everything? Want to have your pain managed? End of life – everyone should discuss and have it written down (its called an advance directive) so the families can honor a patient's wishes about their care.

    November 9, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. RAG

    Who cares what this liar says?

    November 9, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. TM

    Well we can add LIAR to the list if words to describe Sarah the QUITTER.
    Somebody needs to tell her that just because you put it on Facebook DOESN'T make it true.

    November 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Gordon Ross

    What is interesting is that Ms. Palin seems to be backing her own death panels.....she supports the Republican backed themes of only making sure those with the money have the insurance they need. Making sure insurance companies continue as they do now. She supports the idea of those that can't afford good health care should die while waiting, which is what is happening now. Maybe she's too busy to notice while instructing her nanny what to do with her baby.
    Ms. Palin IS A DEATH PANEL in her own right. She has her health coverage and could care less about the rest of us. Thanks Sarah, always right there when we need ya.....

    November 9, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. Angie

    *headdesk*

    I blame Sarah Palin for all my headaches. Yeah, some conservatives say some stupid things some times...but most will back off when they've been publicly proved wrong. Sarah Palin clearly isn't one of those conservatives. It's funny and sad at the same time. It makes open and honest discussion of health care reform impossible.

    November 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  9. DT

    Wont she go away?

    November 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Rob in NC

    Someone please tell her that insurance companies already do that.

    Do people really think that for profit organizations are looking out for their best interests?

    November 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. Thomas

    I just stopped using Facebook .
    This crazyLady will say anything as long as the $$$$$$$$
    keeps rolling in. She has no regards for truth or accountability.

    November 9, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  12. Dean

    This woman doesn't know how to tell the truth. She opens her mouth and lies just fall out.

    November 9, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  13. LacrosseMom

    This hateful lying woman has no decency!

    How is helping Seniors with their Living Wills, their final wishes, wrong? So many suffer because they have not prepared for their finals days.

    GOP= LIES & HATE

    November 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  14. D. D.

    She needs to be seated on Death Panels at the nearest cemetery.
    Why is still being covered. She is resigned from an office and is not in another one. She is as much newsworthy as the average citizens. Let her go into the bowels of political history, please?

    November 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  15. Death Panel Sarah

    Yes, death panels....put me on one....good job for me..... death to all seniors.... yes, yes, death panels....hee hee ... vote for mee

    November 9, 2009 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  16. Robert

    She's a moron and she lost. I'm glad she has no actual power over anyone. The thing that scares me is that there are people out there that actually value things that she says. How could anyone want to be informed by a person that doesnt even know what news papers she reads? Palin, why dont you and all your party of no members go jump off a cliff! She's from the same republican party whose solution to all of our problems is to do NOTHING. Useless! If she is going to lie about something, tell her to stick to lying about why she quit her job. Leave the real issues to the people that know what they are talking about and have actual solutions to try and fix them.

    November 9, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  17. Death Panel Sarah

    This proves I really can't read!!

    November 9, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  18. Judi in Los Angeles

    If you quote a text, such as the quotes coming from the opposition on the health care bill, then a footnote is needed as evidence to validate the quote. That's the way it works. So why do we keep hearing all these quotes with no footnotes?

    Because the quotes coming from the opposition are lies! It's that simple. If I'm wrong, then let's see those footnotes!!! At least that way we would know you acturally read the bill, now that we have an official one. Go for it, guys. Back up what you say with proof!!! Respect comes from proving what you say, not by turning up the volume and threating violence.

    November 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  19. terry,va

    It's in the bill. Call it what you want, but end of life discussions/decisions can be determined by someone other than you and your family. She is as right as Joe Wilson was about abortion being covered. Obummie LIES, LIES AND LIES and grandma dies. Plain and simple.

    November 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. jaye

    Long as the news media gives her a "pass" and dosen't make her prove her lies then she'll keep on saying those horrible lies and spreading her filth.
    I suppose when she starts burning crosses at her rallies she'll get a pass on that, too.
    Shame on CNN for being so weak.

    November 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. Judi

    When Palin can't win with a logical, intelligent debat, she always resorts to LIES! It works! So, who can blame her? Scare the people into their hole again and let the rich reap all the benefits.

    November 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  22. Steve in CT

    And people call her dumb. the dumb ones are those who are being snookered by this shell game. Pay attention, people. They're already looking to take from Medicare. Who do you see as the targets. the elderly are already maxed out financially and now this. She's 100% right. If you support this pray you die young.

    November 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  23. George

    She should be an expert at death panels. She probably is being paid by death panels to shoot off her big ignorant mouth. Insurance companies ARE the death panels. They have people lying on the streets like worms after a summer rain. Well they get bonuses for denying claims. That money goes into their pockets and into republican legislator's pockets. Kill em all Sarah!!!!!

    November 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  24. Mike (VA)

    My hope is that when she appears on Oprah to promote her book, Oprah will ask tough questions and expose he lack of knowledge. The rest of the book tour will be with very sympathetic hosts.

    November 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  25. Barbara

    What a useless twittering fool

    November 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
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