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

    Sarah Palin needs to run for President or political office legitimately or stop taking ignorant pot shots from the vantage point of not having to back up her laughable, unintelligent claims.
    She’s such a coward.

    June 25, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  2. truthseeker

    Wow. Is this idiot still around?

    June 25, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Doc_Hollywood

    She's the poster child for the most irrelevant person in politics. The only way this woman should make the news is if she actually opened her mouth and something truthful came out. Truth? Sarah wouldn't know truth if it bit her on the rear end. Here's the truth, Sarah, you should speak about things only when you're knowledgable about them.

    June 25, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  4. lyn

    Please, Sarah, don't include sane American's as being one of your fellow American's. My hamster is brighter than she is.

    June 25, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  5. Thomas

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

    Your not me , yet I share your same view .....

    When Palin out lives her usefulness, the GOP will be the first to pull the plug on her . As long as they have clowns in there court , the GOP will not be taken seriosly .

    Sincerely , The Other Thomas.

    June 25, 2012 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Punisher2000

    Why do even bother to give Palin any press time? She is pat her prime saying things past theirs. You just encourage a person who can see Russia form her backyard to continue making statements that are not only offensive to anyone with even a modest IQ, but are downright silly.

    June 25, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  7. Marybelle

    This is typical Palin. Even when she has been proven wrong and called a liar, she will still dispute it because she can't, and won't, admit she is wrong.

    Everything is like a game to her and she wants to win it no matter what.

    Palin must be feeling a bit burned, too, over Arizona today since she pushed for Brewer and that law too.

    June 25, 2012 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. jack johnson

    Who said she was an americian?

    June 25, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. the Situation

    This dummy is still talking. Does anyone care what she has to say.

    June 25, 2012 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. ChristopherM

    If she were any dumber, she'd be one of her own supporters. We have death panels now...they're called health insurance companies, and they frequently turn people down for life-saving treatment.

    June 25, 2012 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  11. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin. She will completely repeal this terrible law and prove that our current system is fine the way it is. She is completely correct about death panels.

    June 25, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Michael in Houston

    are you in a race with your daughter Bristol to see which one of you can become the most unpopular and irritating persona in America? I mean your daughters ridiculous reality show opened with the dismal ratings essentially reflecting NO ONE watched it and your recent outings have proven to be of little interest to anyone. How bout you and your miserable crew call it a day and get off our culture and out of our politics.

    June 25, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. Nick

    And now from the Wasilla News Desk, the Alaska Air Head will babbles again.

    June 25, 2012 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. a fair wage

    We already have them in AZ.

    June 25, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. Critical Thinking

    You only need to understand an important chnage to the medicare program to gain better insight into what Sarah Palin said. With Obamacare, Medicare would put a 30 day return to hospital provsion into place, meaning that if you got admitted for lets say a heart condition and was treated and was released, you could not be re-admitted for the same condition until the 30 day provision was satisfied. So if you die before the 30 days are up, then one could consider this to be a death panel sentence handed down by panel of faceless bureaucrats. Like Nancy Peloise said; we won't know what's in the bill until we pass it.

    June 25, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. manyote

    Typical Palin/typical GOtPer, never admitting wrongness.

    June 25, 2012 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. carly

    when will this mor*n go away?

    June 25, 2012 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. asm_ith

    For someone who claims to be religious, she certainly doesn't appear to have any problem "bearing false witness,", i.e., lying.

    June 25, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  19. JackinNC

    Sarah who? But regardless, the real "death panels" have been the insurance companies.

    June 25, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    I recall when former FL congressman Grayson said that the GOP healthcare plan was for you to just DIE and he was met with fake outrage from the right wing......go up several months later to a GOP debate and the crowd on the floor CHEERED when it was suggested that a man without insurance be allowed to die. SO there you have it. Perhaps THIS is the deathpanel that Sarah is actually referring to and it comes from the right wing of her own party.

    June 25, 2012 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  21. RJ

    I guess what Palin doesn't realize or want to admit is we have always had death panels in health care. Insurances companies were already decided who could live or die each time they turned down a request for an operation they "deemed" experimental. I have had friends with legitimate issues be denied by their insurance companies because of alleged "pre-conditions".

    June 25, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  22. Steele

    Palin = R etard

    June 25, 2012 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  23. Tanker4202

    In this entire nation of ours, is there not a single sock large enough to stuff in her mounth?

    June 25, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  24. cedarrapids

    Tell you what Palin, I bet you anything you like that the Supreme court, if they knock it down, will not say 'its because it creates death panels'
    and right now its for-profit companies that are making the same life and death decisions anyway so spare me your little whine about your parents or child.

    June 25, 2012 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  25. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    YAWN.... Palin made another public statement?.. Oh.. dear.. ZZzzzzzz

    June 25, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
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