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. Woman In California

    Why would anyone expect Sarah to have some intelligence now? She was and still is ignorant and that will never change so nothing she says surprises me.

    June 25, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. PHUUCK Sarah

    Who is this Sarah person? Isn't she one of those famous for being famous twinkies? Bad reality tv and such?

    June 25, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. dreamer96

    The Real Death Panels exist in every health Insurance Claims office...how many insurance companies still give the biggest bonuses to the claims agent that denies the most claims in the year...

    June 25, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. once upon a horse

    if you tell a lie often enough and long enough some people will finally beleive it's true. Trust me it works...how did you think FoxNews and right wing radio became so popular.

    June 25, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. realitychecks

    Silly sarah ....high heels offer height and style intelligence not included

    June 25, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  6. Sarah who?

    Who is this Sarah person? Isn't she one of those famous for being famous twinkies? Bad reality tv and such? Maybe she can get a job on MTV

    June 25, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. Kenneth Close

    Okay here: 1 St. person who can print the rebuff from the 2007 pages of health care bill come forward or be silent.

    June 25, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. ACK

    It is funny that the news media still give this peanut brain a forum. One of the ways to understand a typical GOP, is to understand Palin and her daughters' morality.

    June 25, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  9. Peter

    LIfe and Death decisions?

    You mean like:

    1) Insurance companies cancelling your policy at any moment for any reason, usually after you have some catastrophic illness.

    2) Pre-Existing condition, which makes it impossible to cover (for example) your wife's expensive cancer treatments because you lost your job and your new job has a new insurance company with a 12-month pre-existing clause?

    What world does this woman live in?

    June 25, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. Expat American

    Sarah Palin just opened up the bumpit market to include 48 year olds.

    June 25, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. ty

    the saddest thing is that she double downs on the issue and insist he is right. to this day because of her and FOX n ews and no on in the GOP having the integrity to tell her she is confused or simply lying, millions of amercements have the totally wrong idea of the law. if the supreme court throws out any part of the health care law, sarah and the rest will scream that they were right... i cant believe this kind of BS is not challenged by people in her party...well i can cause they do the same with birth certificates, and just about anyhting else... a special place in hell for all those " good christians"

    June 25, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. whocares

    This lady is to stupid to know that no one want to hear her bs.

    June 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  13. Darklady

    And by "the truth," she naturally means "more of my lies."

    June 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. ghostriter

    A national, hotly debated issues just isn't a national, hotly debated issue with Saracuda not involved.

    And to think she's the republican goal post. You guys just aren't too bright.

    June 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Me IN HOUSTON

    We as a nation are SO stupid

    June 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. sonny chapman

    Yes Sarah, and porcupines really can throw quills.

    June 25, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  17. The Film Professor

    I guess we really have Palin to thank for the truly intellectual, rational debate on this very important issue to the future of this country. The Insurance Company bureaucrats already ration care and have their own death panels, and they do this to the people who have insurance! To have ever put health care into the hands of for-profit companies was the most insane thing this country has done in my lifetime.

    June 25, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  18. California

    And the liberal hate continues........................

    June 25, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  19. Susan

    How sad that a once trust worthy news organization like CNN not only continues to report on this woman's every statement, but other than to point out that some on the left have called it a lie, don't bother to do any real research and report the facts to show it is in fact nonsense (or as many readers have already pointed out-already being done by private insurance companies and by the fact that under the current system many are dying because they are simply priced out of the private insurance market).

    June 25, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  20. mcskadittle

    The insurance companies already have death panels and that's not going to change if ObamaCares is struck down

    June 25, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Someone clue the Teatrolls in on the fact that:

    THE PRIVATE INSURANCE INDUSTRY WAS ALREADY RATIONING CARE TO THE TUNE OF APPROXIMATELY 43 MILLION PEOPLE.

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

    I'm pretty sure Jabberwocky Barbie knows this, which is why she's always in such a foul mood, hyping a new line of vitriol every time she flaps her moosey gums to spit out a new Rovian fabrication or Luntzian buzz phrase. For th emost part, it's the morons in the MSM and their advertising departments that really need to realize her 15 minutes are up.

    STOP BEATING A DEAD MOOSE.

    June 25, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  22. NOW WHY

    This lune needs to go home and make sure her other daughter isn't getting knoced up.

    June 25, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  23. james

    Palin is one whacked out hut job.

    June 25, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    She is a stupid idiot.

    June 25, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  25. LJ

    Ah yes, 2009, the year Sarah Palin QUIT her job as governor. WHY is it that we never hear about her talking about Special Education, or anything of substance?

    June 25, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
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