September 24th, 2010
05:08 AM ET
4 years ago

Palin targets 'damned lies'

(CNN) – Sarah Palin announced the launch of a new website Thursday, aimed at defeating twenty incumbent Democrats who voted for President Obama's health care bill and who are running in districts that swung Republican during the 2008 presidential election.

In the announcement on her Facebook page, entitled "Lies, Damned Lies – Obamacare 6 Months Later," the former GOP vice presidential nominee resurrects her claims that "rationing 'death panels'" are included in the health care bill and promotes the new site, which endorses candidates who support the bill's repeal.

Palin is unspecific as to what section of the final bill she refers to as creating 'death panels,' but does link to her original Facebook post which sparked a storm of controversy in 2009. In the post, she stated that the health care bill would create "death panels" that would decide whether people "are worthy of health care."

The claims caused a headache for the Obama administration and propelled outrage among the bill's opponents.

The section which critics of the of the original bill referred to as 'rationing care' and establishing 'death panels' was one which required Medicare to pay doctors for consultations with patients about "advance care planning," such as the drafting of living wills. Those consultations would include "an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice."

In a statement released in 2009, the American Medical Association, which endorsed the bill, said it "would not mandate that patients take advantage of this benefit."

"The new Medicare benefit would allow doctors to be compensated for such consultations every five years, and more frequently if a patient has a life-limiting illness or health status changes," the organization said.

TakeBackThe20, which is funded by Palin's political action committee  SarahPAC, features a map of the United States with crosshairs over the targeted districts and a gallery of the conservative candidates 'recommended' by SarahPAC.

This is not the first time Palin has used crosshairs to identify Democrats in districts that voted for John McCain in 2008. Following the health care vote in March, Palin received criticism for using a similar map and tweeting "commonsense conservatives & lovers of America, Don't Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!"


Filed under: 2010 • Health care • Sarah Palin
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Death Panels

    United Health Care, Blue Cross, Aetna, Humana, Cigna, PacifiCare.....

    September 23, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Alex A

    Death Panels, as stupid has that sounds they already exist. Not that it happens that often (at least that we know) how many times have we seen on newscast where an insurance company is refusing a treatment to someone who needs it.

    September 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. Jeremy

    how can I become a UK citizen? I'm going back to the homeland where I belong.

    September 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  4. Brandi in MO

    Remember to vote against all of her ridiculous, greedy cohorts!

    September 23, 2010 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. doris rusil

    I can't believe that the seniors believe Palin in anything. If ihey go private with social security or anthing else it will be like the post office always in trouble. The rich will get richer and the poor poorer. I am 86 yrs old and live on s.s. and if not for medicare I would have been by gone now. Medicare gave me my long life. Dummies must believe in death panel. Palin is money hungry. A good mother would not be gone so much not binding with the sweet son.

    September 23, 2010 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. da

    OMG she is going for the scare them vote now!! LOL!!

    September 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Jaime - AZ

    Oh Sarah!!! Keep it up. When the elections come around again we will have two options. We can either go back to the fundamentals this country was built upon...slavery, bigotry, segregation, etc or we can continue to move forward towards rebuilding this country to something to be proud of. I choose the latter. I really do wish this woman would go away. Or as many others have stated get out of the lower 48.

    September 23, 2010 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. idesign

    I am more shocked and amused with each passing day at how deeply embedded Sarah Palin is in the heads of the leftist idiots. It is simply amazing. They seem to wake up thinking about her, spend their entire day thinking about her, fall asleep thinking about her, and have nightmares about her. It is a form of mental deterioration on the part of the left which I find oh so delightful to watch......LOL

    September 23, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. kayla

    she just shows how ignorant and uneducated she is. poor wooman

    September 23, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  10. McCluhan

    All I can say is, "Wow, an idiot she is but, human a lack of brain doth not make!"

    September 23, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  11. Nancy

    She so needs to shut up.

    September 23, 2010 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  12. john in cal

    how many times does she go to the plastic surgon to have her nose shortened? Heck not even ponoccio lied as much.Shameful. send her to the gulog.

    September 23, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  13. brian

    As a Canadian, who don't give 2 shanks about US's politics, please keep covering Palin, because it's funnier than any TV comedy we get up here in Canada. Keep the crazy lady in the public view, as there is nothing healthier than a good laugh, and she is as funny as hell.

    September 23, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  14. Calvin

    The only death panel needed is the one to declare Sarah Palin legally brain dead. She demonstrates it over and over and over but let's make it official.

    September 23, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  15. Stephen

    I hate that woman, and i hate John Mccain even more for introducing her to our country. He is, in large part, the reason for what is happening in our country right now.

    September 23, 2010 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  16. ron

    I don't know who's worse her or the people who believe this mess

    September 23, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  17. Da Professor

    Sarah - It is time for you to go back to sunny Alaska and discover those death panels. Maybe you can find them in a Polar Bear.It sure isn't in the Health Care Bill anywhere. But, what the heck Sarah, don't begin to let facts bother you. You never have.

    September 23, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    It is great to see someone standing up and taking on the Washington Democrats on ObamaCare. It's a farce, slapped together in back rooms and misrepresented by Obama himself. But the worst part is not the end-of-life coverage issues, it's the fact that it really does increase medical costs, it really is not paid for and it really is going to cost American taxpayers much more than he indicated. We need to repeal it and come up with a bill that really does lower costs, provides full access to all American citizens and is costed out honestly, not misrepresented like ObamaCare has been.

    September 23, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  19. MG

    This woman is about the most dangerous nutcase I have ever seen or heard.

    September 23, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  20. LeoPrez

    PALIN, advisors are up on this. They are telling her that bad press, is better than no press. This woman has been campaigning for herself since McCain brought her along as his pick for Vice. GOP is worried as she keeps dividing the party, and dems are worried to have her mouth out there.

    September 23, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  21. Darth Vadik, CA

    Death Panel Sarah, LOL
    This really is all Republicans have, fear fear fear.

    Another ticker was called "Republicans are angrier"

    As Yoda said...

    Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, and hate leads to suffering......

    So vote these freaks in, and that is what you will get 24/7 from the congress...SUFFERING

    September 23, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  22. JJOE

    Sarah Palin is a DING BAT. Right wing radical. She wants to carry a gun on her hip shooting Democrats for target practice. She would like to go down in history as to creating a civil war between the left and the right. Believe me I to am from the left and am prepared for her war as alot of us true americans are. Democrat=True American. Republican=Europe. Where did our jobs go throughout the first decade of this century. Europe gift wrapped by the Republican party.

    September 23, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  23. JamesinCT

    Oh, and I want her hand and arms checked for cheat notes

    September 23, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  24. bobcat1a

    her website is aptly named. That's all it is, lies and damned lies.

    September 23, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  25. deadheadkenny

    Do I need a college degree to get a job on one of these death panels? That sounds like it would be a fun job.

    September 23, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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