Palin's 'Death Panel' lives on
June 25th, 2012
03:58 PM ET
2 years ago

Palin's 'Death Panel' lives on

(CNN) – Sarah Palin defended Monday her controversial 2009 Facebook post, in which she claimed President Barack Obama's health care reform would include so-called death panels that have the right to make life or death decisions.

"I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say," Palin wrote in a separate post Monday.

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Her original post came nearly three years ago during a fiery summer defined by debate over the then-health care bill. Her statement sparked outrage across many town halls, as critics used the "death panel" term in their vocal opposition to the legislation.

Despite heavy criticism from the left over her choice of words, she continued to firmly disagree with the administration's view that the law would cut health care costs. The only path to lower costs, she argued, was less treatment.

"And who will suffer the most when they ration care?" she wrote in 2009. "The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

On Monday, days before the Supreme Court is set to announce its decision on the constitutionality of the health care law, Palin brought back the term and elaborated further on what she meant.

"It was a pretty long post, but a lot of people seem to have only read two words of it: 'death panel'," she wrote. "Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding."

She was specifically referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), a proposed group that would recommend how to achieve Medicare savings though would not sit in judgment of individual patients' treatment courses. She said if the high court does not strike down the law in its entirety, then "Congress must act to repeal IPAB and Obamacare before it is indeed 'too late'."

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Filed under: Health care • Sarah Palin • Supreme Court
soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Thomas

    Woulld someone please tell Mooselini that her 15 minutes are long over?

    June 25, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  2. Ray

    She a idiot

    June 25, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Marie

    People that have the power to make life and death decisions over health care funding? Excuse me? That's been going on for years and years. Ever heard of insurance companies and HMO's?

    June 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Larry L

    The "death panel" conspiracy this twit is spreading is about the concept of applying "best practices" rather than simply giving people endless (and often harmful) tests, procedures, radiation exposures, and therapies designed to reduce litigation and make money for the care providers – nothing more. Another "evil practice" this blood-sucking wench talks about is the consultation required for people so they can best participate in decisions at the end of their lives. This prevents important decisions to be forced upon loved-ones or even worse, given to insurance companies and HMOs. Palin knows better but she continues the lies – just like the "birther" crap she repeated.

    What a lying, evil, ignorant b!+(H.

    June 25, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. davec.0121

    She was an irresponsible, ill-educated, deceptive, prevaricating demagogue then. She is an irresponsible, ill-educated, deceptive, prevaricating demagogue now, only much richer. Oh, and didn't she really mean to say "as my ghost writer wrote for me back then"?

    June 25, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE/ConservaFASCISTS

    "And who will suffer the most when they ration care?"
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    Just goes to show how dumb some people are. Earth to moron. Our healthcare system already rations out care. How does numbskull explain having to wait a pre-existing waiting period when you're dying. That's downright evil. I call insurance companies daily and there are numerous medical procedures which are medically necessary, however, most insurance companies don't cover them. Can Silly Sarah explain that one? I think not!!!

    June 25, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    Yes, Sarah. They are called Insurance Companies.

    June 25, 2012 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. normajean @ verizon ,com

    This woman is so desperate to keep her face in front of the world..she will go to any lengths....I have only this to say....I am 86 years old and before and since her first "death panel" pronouncements several years ago, I have had the best Medical care I could have asked for. No test needed has been ignored,I was in the hospital once,refused nothing and my medications are always available. My friends in the same age group all say the same thing and are incensed by this LIAR saying otherwise just to keep herself in the public eye!!!!! PPlease people,don't buy what she is trying to sell!!!

    June 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  9. chuck weidemann

    I seem to recall a republican debate where the words " let them die" were uttered.... No one repudiated this comment!!! Or maybe it was directed towards a gay serviceman ...either way hardly the party of compassion!!!

    June 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. contesa

    So, Sarah,. . . . we really don't care what you think about Death Panels or anything else political for that matter!

    June 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  11. California Gary

    Would someone please show this woman a dictionary, and how to use it? She needs to look up the word "true"......she has a basic misunderstanding of what that word means.

    June 25, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. mrindependent

    I dont understand how someone who had a terrible run as vp, failed governorship of a dark red state and one of the dumbest political candidates of the history of this country continues to have a voice.

    June 25, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. bbrooker88

    Sarah, Truth is an American virtue. You might want to try and buy some since you're unable to create any yourself.

    June 25, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  14. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Her tenacity, while commendable, still renders her irrelevant.

    June 25, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    So, let's translate that from Palin-speak. It is better to have a death panel in the private industry, who are driven solely by profit, than it is to have your own doctor discuss and decide critical issues with you and your family.

    June 25, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Indy

    Even though Sarah Palins "Death panel" lie was voted and won the lie of the year for 2009 she still believes what she say's, how cute of her but it is an undisputable fact that Republicans are the real "Death Panel" squad when it comes to the middle class or health care or the economy when a black man is in the Whitehouse.

    June 25, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  17. Be Sane

    Once a nut, always a nut.

    June 25, 2012 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  18. Bob

    Because under her plan, hospitals don't ration care- they just get to refuse entry to you if you can't pay upfront altogether. Talk to someone who has been denied cancer treatment by their insurance company because they once had a mole removed ("PRE-EXISTING CONDITION!") or can't get coverage for a premature baby about rationing, you Fox shill.

    June 25, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  19. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    And why is she still talking? I would hope that people point out that she is wrong more times than she is correct. I find her a worrisome example of people not wanting to learn and expand their minds. If that doesn't happen, we'll all be dumb as durt.

    June 25, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  20. Tom

    Do people still pay attention to what this person says? The only people who still read facebook are 12 year olds. Oh wait, now I get it...

    June 25, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  21. SafeJourney

    CNN enough with the Palins. they are idiots

    June 25, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  22. Anthony

    What was true then, and it is still true now, is that death panels are located at private insurance companies. Individual mandate forces people to buy insurance from private insurance companies, but prohibits private insurance companies from excluding people with preexisting conditions. If individual mandate is struck down, but the rest of the law survives, private insurance companies will argue that they cannot afford to cover people with preexisting conditions if there is no individual mandate. If the whole law is struck down, private insurance companies will reactivate their death panels and exclude people with preexisting conditions. People who have no insurance will have freedom– freedom from medical care.

    June 25, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  23. Natalie

    OMG....we aren't done with this idiot? Really? Thanks, McCain.

    June 25, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  24. DorisV

    Wish Palin would go back to Alaska and keep her mouth shut. Not many people believe a thing she says or writes.

    June 25, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. snowdogg

    The lie lives on... perpetuated by the liar.

    June 25, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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