Palin's 'Death Panel' lives on
June 25th, 2012
03:58 PM ET
6 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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soundoff (254 Responses)
  1. Stryder

    True or not, Palin has more or less destroyed any credibility over the years, thus nobody will take her seriously, and rightfully so.

    June 25, 2012 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. labman57

    Palin is more interested in keeping her name in the press by spewing her typical fear-inciting hyperbole than she is in contributing any meaningful, substantive input to a serious, rational discussion on health care reform legislation.

    Socialistic tyranny? Fascist dictatorships? Death panels? Internment camps? Foreign birth certificates? They're all part of a common pattern.

    The problem is that the most vocal opponents of the reform legislation really do not care whether what they are espousing is factually correct. They will gladly embrace the lies and distortions if these fallacies provide a vehicle for venting their pent up hatred against anything and everything with the Obama stamp on it.

    The whole notion that the Affordable Care Act will lead to "Soylent Green-style" euthanasia of the elderly and the infirmed is a part of a coordinated campaign by the health insurance industry to use fear-mongering and misinformation to sway public opinion. The Congressional GOP has shown itself to be a puppet of this industry and their lobbyists with their desire to perpetuate these myths.

    Sarah and her tea party minions have made the following one of main objectives of their self-serving political agenda:
    Destroy "ObamaCare", because the government has no business regulating the private health care insurance industry. And because the government has no right to kill grandma. That's the job of your HMO or PPO.

    June 25, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  3. Larry L

    I heard a Republican Congresswoman offer the Republican vision for the "free market" to deliver the best medicine at a lower cost. Really? Assume the corporate leaders choose profits ahead of health-care and you get really poor medical care and die. How exactly does your experience that provider impact the free market? Even if you didn't die – how qualified are you to identify "best practices' in medical care? Did you need that CAT-scan or were they just tacking on charges? Was the surgery required or just easier and more profitable than other options?

    Corporations will always, every single time, without exception, absolutely-for-sure choose profits over your well-being. The current law seeks to give you "best practices" without the corporate axe-job.

    June 25, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  4. Rob in MO

    Speaking of death panels, studies find that at least 44,000 Americans die every year because they lack health insurance. Republicans don't care. What if 44,000 Americans were killed by Islamic terrorists every year. Would republicans care?

    June 26, 2012 12:09 am at 12:09 am |
  5. j

    I'm still rather stumped why there is something wrong with asking for testing to verify whether or not her downs syndrome truly hers, and not just another result of her daughter's supreme morality. If the kid is hers, what does she have to fear by a test?

    That kid is a diversion at best and a political toy at worst. This reprehensible wench will say and do anything to stay in the light, and hide anything, at any cost, that threatens her 15 minutes.

    June 26, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  6. Randy Johnson

    You must admit she has an amazing talent to spread absurd ideas to simple minded americans

    June 26, 2012 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  7. CRAIG

    The woman is deranged.

    June 26, 2012 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  8. Capone

    Well, if it's true then the answer to my question should be exceptionally easy:

    Mrs. Palin, would you please point to the exact section of the ACA that outlines these death panels?

    June 26, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  9. normajean @ verizon ,com

    AS A BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR...I CERTAINLY FEEL THE PAIN OF SUSAN IN NC....I was fortunate enough to be working at the time and so was covered with insurance. I hate to think what I would otherwise have done as a divorced woman with three children. This pain of Susans just hightens the fact that everyone MUSTt be covered with a basic lifesaving insurance, How that can be achieved,I don't know but it certainly won;t be with the party now pl;anning to take away what insurance we do have.!!!!The term "Death Panels" belongs to Sarah Plalin and we must do whatever it takes to see that we never hear it again.There is BIG MONEY in this country and some of it should be forced to find its way into the saving of lives!!!! We will find a way!! Good Luck Susan..

    June 26, 2012 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  10. avalanche

    There are huge differences between private insurers deciding what care can be given and the government bureaucrats.

    You get to choose your private insurer.

    You can sue your private insurer.

    The government regulates private insurers.

    When the government becomes the provider, then the consumer loses his protector and his option to appeal. Looking at any of the old communist countries shows this at it extreme. When the government ran the factories, pollution, worker safeguards and consumer protection went out the window. The government needs to be the regulator, not the provider. When it becomes the provider, then the conflict of interests that arise always work against the consumer.

    June 26, 2012 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  11. The Lawman

    Do you stand by that trust fund you embezzled as well – while putting targets on "percieved threats" some people are DEAD and some figured your " ponzi " scheme out – Ritcher Investments...she just repents what she is guilty of...taking advantage of those " vulnerable adults " and create those "missed opportunities"...but we will wait and see what the Supreme Court has to say about it...

    June 26, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  12. M

    Insurance companies decide people's care all the time. They can deny you certain medications and treatments based on your health.

    June 26, 2012 02:10 am at 2:10 am |
  13. Wrenn_NYC

    So, we'll just continue on with the 'death panel' of faceless actuaries and number crunchers, then?

    June 26, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. scarf

    Contrary to what some people believe, you CANNOT sue your medical insurance company.

    June 26, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  15. T

    If it good enough for our troops it is good enough for the citizens.

    June 26, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. Nick

    As a Canadian, I beg you... Beware of those coming 'Death Panels', America. Why do you think there are only 35 million of us up here? ? It is because our sick and injured are forcibly marched to Public Healthcare Enforcement Camps in the Arctic Circle every year! Only those lucky ones deemed strong enough are allowed to return home.

    True story!!

    On an unrelated tangent... I have a GENUINE deed to a major landmark bridge in the New York City area and I am looking to sell. Any takers?

    June 26, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Steven Colo

    Um, CNN, just because Sarah Palin hasn't retracted something, that doesn't mean it "lives on".

    June 26, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. richunix


    You need to get it right:

    1. your right, you can choose your provider.

    2. YOU can not "sue" all the major insure have written into "law" they are exempt for "law" suit.

    3. Both States and Federal governemnt regulate insurers companys, hence why the difference of coverage by each state.

    4. Private insurance compies DO HAVE "Death" panels. Who they will insure and who they wil let die, by denying insurance to.

    Before you jump on Obmacare, read the LAW first and CHECK with your state on healthcare before you comment as truth.

    June 26, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  19. Bermille

    Its the same nonsense that came up with "Get the government out of my Medicare."

    June 26, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  20. Cynthia L.

    Ahh, Sarah and Death Panels. You know, she's trying to dig up trouble anyway she can – like there are always going to be people at the beach trying to dig their way to China. Sarah, go ahead and jump in the hole and help them – we won't throw the sand back in behind you.....Promise.

    June 26, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    Nick – As a Canadian, I beg you... Beware of those coming 'Death Panels', America. Why do you think there are only 35 million of us up here? ? It is because our sick and injured are forcibly marched to Public Healthcare Enforcement Camps in the Arctic Circle every year! Only those lucky ones deemed strong enough are allowed to return home.
    Actually they march SOUTH to the USA for quality medical care instead of waiting for a year to get substandard government treatment in Canada. When Obama and the Democrats get done wrecking our healthcare system, THEN they can start marching north because we won't be here to help them anymore.

    June 26, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. Michael

    Of couse she's going to defend her position. That's typical of Republicans...arrogant, prideful, never wrong and never apologize. But that says al lot about the sad state of the GOP, when they have to resort to fear-mongering to win an election instead of sticking to the issues that matter.

    June 26, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Dean

    C'mon people,

    Sarah, Ted (Nugent), Rush L, and Glenn Beck are the only people in the country who know what they're talking about.

    June 26, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. FLIndependent

    @ThinkAgain – "My late father-in-law was denied a heart transplant by his insurance company because he was 71, even though otherwise he was in good health ... and he died of congestive heart failure within a few years."
    Too bad his name wasn't Dick Cheney!

    June 26, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. David

    I don't know about Obama's "death panels" but I do know that some paper pusher at my mom's insurance company is deciding what treatments are "necessary" in the treatment of her cancer. I supposed Palin would think that is okay. So be it. All I know is that ALL of us at some point will be at the mercy of our insurance companies, that is, if we are lucky enough to be able to afford them. Thanks Sarah! You're a peach!

    June 26, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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