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. BobInIrvine

    In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, "what a maroon!"

    June 25, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    You really and truly can't fix stupid!
    Who cares what this surgery laden witch says!

    June 25, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Anthony

    I meant to say that the rest of the law prohibits private insurance companies from excluding people with preexisting conditions.

    June 25, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. Jim in PA

    Two words: Paul. Revere.

    June 25, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. normajean @ verizon ,com

    One thing I haven't seen mentioned....regarding the cost of medical care for us older folks.....Every month part of my medical expense is taken out of my Social Security payment automatically whether I use it or not!!!

    June 25, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. Linda

    She continues to show us how DUMB Americans are becoming........I see that since her absence in the Media lately, she hasn't gotten any smarter.....just Dumber and Dumber.......and the people that believe her crap is just as dumb if not dumber than she is........

    June 25, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. Emily Lees

    Granting people the right to consult with their physician regarding end of life care and decisions is nothing new. In fact, it was George H. W. Bush (Bush the elder) who ensured hospitalized patients this very right. Obama extended it by making the consultation affordable.

    June 25, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. The Choobs

    Poor Sarah. She either CLEARLY meant "death panels" to be a group of people who review case by case based on each person and a panel's "subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society'"–which is simply not true and is totally indefensible–or else she meant "This plan has the same sort bureacracy as every insurance company has ever had and always will have, because that's how insurance works and how we control costs, which is the whole point." Since we all know she didn't mean the latter, it leaves us considering the former. Now - is she just therefore a liar, or just wrong and too stubborn to admit it? Neither makes for good leadership.

    June 25, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Doug

    I do clinical research. I read patient charts where insurance companies deny chemotherapy and stem cell transplants to patients in their early 50's. Is this the death panel she is writing about?

    June 25, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  10. rs

    Well, Ms. Palin is partially right. There are "death panels" and they come in two flavors: insurance companies; and the GOP for trying to take away health care coverage from 30 million Americans.

    Otherwise, the lady is a loon.

    June 25, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  11. bryan

    You just really CAN'T fix stupid.

    June 25, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. Madtown

    A story about $arah Palin at this point in time can only be an attempt to create some sort of buzz for their latest fledgling "reality" tv series.

    June 25, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Once a nut, always a nut."

    Soetimes you feel like a nut...SOMETIMES YOU DON'T.

    Give up the ghost CNN. This article is nothing more than make-news. Nothing newsworthy happened with her, but CNN had an itch to scratch, so they invented a story about her for no good reason and without any substance or information or anything newsworthy in it. Just another incendiary article about the queen of developmental disorders.

    June 25, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Josh

    We already have "death panels". Doctors regularly decide to deny life-saving care based on whether patients have insurance or not. Sadly, tax dollars are still likely paying for this smirking, hypocritical witch's health care.

    June 25, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  15. Bootstomper

    God she's old and beat.

    June 25, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Buckeye

    Repeating a lie over and over does not make said lie the truth.
    $arah needs to go back to keeping an eye out for Putin and longing for the days of Glen Rice.

    Republican death panel - let the uninsured die. Moral values at its finest....

    June 25, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  17. Gloria

    Oh, just go away, you idiot! You don't know what you're talking about!!

    June 25, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  18. Ben

    Maybe her choice of words was incorrect, but she was essentially correct. if we go to this system, there will be a point when the government decides whether you can or cannot have a treatment that may or may not save your life. It is in the bill whether that makes it harder for you, as a liberal, to defend. There won't be panels putting people down, but there will be people or standards that will deny people care and that denial will lead to deaths.

    June 25, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Bob NC

    Why are you wasting space and time on this idiot? For profit health insurance companies have had "Death Panels" since they began controlling medical care.

    June 25, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    Why does the moose-shooting Russia-watcher get any press whatsoever? I am sure, however much we wish she would just go away, that as the November Event nears, we will hear more of her drivel. She will insert herself, wanted or nay, into the Repugnats National Convention and be featured in innumerable 'news' interviews during which her abject stupidity will again be revealed.

    Shara Palin, a festering boil on the Republican butt.

    June 25, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. ClarasBeau

    Is she still shootin' her mouth off?... Well, as they say down south... "Bless her heart!"

    June 25, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. fastball

    Was her letter written in crayon?
    Seriously – genius seems to be fleeting....but stupid seems to live forever.

    June 25, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. SCOTO

    Health care is already "rationed" – to those who can afford it. Unlike Palin who rakes in millions by abandoning her public service job, and acamming her fellow citizens our poorer citizens get sick and die every day because they dont have access to decent healthcare.

    June 25, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  24. Norm

    You really have to wonder how much Sarah pays the media to drop her name every few months.
    I guess theTea kooks are still sending her enough money to buy the occasional paragraph on the back page.

    June 25, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. Curt

    The America Sarah Palin knows is a country that if you can afford insurance you can have good medical care, if you can't too bad for you. Guess thats why about 130,000 Americans die a year and who knows how many suffer because their insurance does not cover certain things. I realize that the countries which have health care for EVERYONE pay more taxes but what is the difference between paying more taxes or buying insurance?

    June 25, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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