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. patNY

    Put a fork in Palin...she's done!

    November 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Maria

    Sarah: Who do you think makes these decisions now? Wouldn't we rather have a government panel, who is accountable to us, the people, make these decisions than a corporate panel, who is accountable to stockholders, making our life and death decisions? The idea that we have so much choice in health care now has clearly and emphatically been proven wrong. Stop the deception, Sarah. We're not falling for it.

    November 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  3. Tanya Kujath

    What can you do? There are idiots everywhere.

    November 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  4. Garland

    Hey QUITTER! No one cares what you think!

    November 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  5. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    With all the vitriol spewed at her by left wing-nuts, she must be doing something right!

    November 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  6. John from Maynard, MA

    This woman is unbelievably stupid. We already have death panels and they are called insurance companies. What does she think happens when people are denied treatment by insurance companies and they die.

    November 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  7. Lori, Houston Texas

    Oh, shut up Sarah Citizen. You are not helping anyone by repeating this tripe. Your behavior has shown you are not interested in working together with anyone – even the McCain campaign – to "form a more perfect union". You are not part of the solution but part of the problem.

    Begone before someone pours a bucket of water on you!

    November 9, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  8. ANGIE

    sarah you lying, empty headed moron. go away. go back to school. do something other then spread lies. you are a quitter. you quit for the love of money. you want to fit in with the rest of the lying fear monger repugs. so go somewhere and shut the hell up.

    November 9, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. George Bush - Worst President Ever

    And then she threatened to hold her breath and stamp her feet until the bad men made the health care bill go away.

    November 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. GaryB

    By Palin's reasoning, that means that the insurance company boards that approve or deny procedures or coverage are private, "for profit" death panels. I guess death panels are OK with Palin as long as someone is making a buck.

    November 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. Ken

    What a shame that at such an important milestone, the first reaction of the Rabid Radical Republican Right is to go back to trying to frighten Americans with lies and distortions.

    It's disgusting.

    November 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Right now, those life and death decisions are being made by Corporate Fascists,working for the Death Assurance Companies themselves,who are paying Sarah a fortune to be their spokesperson.hahaha

    November 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Independent

    CNN I do believe you have an extremely obsession when it comes to Sara Palin....No wonder you are last when it comes to viewers....People are sick of you covering Sara Palin every movement......

    November 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  14. MN voter

    Why don't Republicans want Americans to have affordable health care? I just don't understand.

    November 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. tommygunn

    Here we go GHOST SARAH appealing to the HATERs!

    A sound budget takes commitment not QUITTERS and HATERs.

    That is one beauty of this country, everyone can express their thoughts.....

    November 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  16. Anne E.

    This woman is such a cat-toy.

    November 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  17. Dennis

    Imagine Palin as old as Pelosi for a moment. Now with the added wrinkles and "old lady" good looks does the public take her seriously anymore? She's a flake, with a nice body. Look beyond all that people, especially you women out there! Unless your the most conservative of women, the party of "NO" wants you to go back to being June Cleaver. Wake up America!

    November 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  18. RT

    Here's a few more words to describe Ms. Palin's inane "death panel" delivery: deceitful, deceiving, deluding, delusive, delusory, demagogic and disingenuous...feel free to add more.

    November 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  19. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Thank you Sarah Palin for your ignorance and inability to read and understand what you are reading, we already know education wasn't and isn't high on your list. Instead of writing a book, Palin needs to read a book. Palin is a liar and uses lies for her own gains because she is too lazy to read and her husband is too lazy to work. She and her husband both are pandering for money after both quit their jobs. What responsible parents would both quit their job when they have young children to support when many Americans have lost their jobs. I wouldn't give she or her husband a dime when I do and will support children and families who are honest hard working people.

    November 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  20. CatDem

    Come on! Has this woman's 15 minutes not expired already? Nothing she says or does is newsworthy anymore. Leave her on the side of the road where she belongs and move onto more worthy subjects.

    November 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  21. B

    In our current system (which is not even top 25 in the world) we have death panels, but the people that are on them are not public officers, rather CEOs who get bonuses when people lose coverage and die.

    UK doesn't have death panels...MAN I am starting to hate this country because idiots out there will eat up with this IDIOT PALIN is spewing...

    November 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  22. Beth

    So Sarah, tell me a little about these Death Panels. Who will be serving on them? Will the government be hiring potential applicants for this job? For example will the emloyment notice read " The US Government is now hiring potential applicants for Death Panels. The applicant must have at least 10 years of experience making life or death decisions. Please apply through Monster.com or through your local head hunter.' This is so rediculous. There are no Death Panels Sarah. Just give it up.

    November 9, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  23. nathan smith ga

    maybe sarah palin should stand before a death panal.

    November 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  24. vegage

    This woman is just an extremist, and at the top of that illiterate, she didn't even know that Africa is a continent. PLease!!! She matches perfectly the description of pretty face with bone head.

    November 9, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  25. DJ

    The Republicans are desperate and keep resorting to lies, fear-mongering and distortion of the facts to keep their base indoctrinated.

    November 9, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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