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. Raz

    The weird thing is, she was describing the then current system. Insurance companies could legal refuse certain treatments. I don't actually know if the new health care law prevents that or not.

    June 26, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. patNY

    I'm still waiting with unbridled anticipation for what the Republican Health Care Plan would be if they had their way.
    ...crickets...

    June 26, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  3. Bayousara

    Most men like Sarah because she's considered "hot." They don't care what is between her ears. But her hotness won't last long. She is 48 now and she will be going downhill fast.

    June 26, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt Gingrich told this woman she needs to study, study, study but what does she do, gossip, gossip, gossip and is clueless about anything. Palin is "The Kiss of Death" to the Republican party.

    June 26, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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