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. james

    Duhhhh, of course it lives on. Death panels are a part of any socialized medicine system. Since that is a perceived utopia of the left,it MUST be part of the conversation, if we are going to debate honestly.

    June 25, 2012 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. The GOP needs to pack up and leave

    Death panels are in the form of insurance companies. They've been around for years and the insurance companies own the GOP.

    Typical Palin the pickle-brained moron.

    June 25, 2012 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. independent

    This headline should have read: Former, part-time Alaskan Governor, in Salahi-fashion, slips opinion piece into National health care dialog.

    June 25, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  4. Pander Express

    She is proof that stupid is a preexisting condition.

    June 25, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  5. Kevin

    No one ever said she was smart and I guess she want's us to remember that bit of Fact, this lady (and I use that term loosely) is a nut and a fraud.

    June 25, 2012 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. Brad

    Sarah Palin is a mental invalid, only spews her garbage to try to keep in the lime-light so she can still get speaking fees!!! Sarah cares about Sarah, throw the poor in the ditch while she makes millions!!! It's amazing people listen to this winch when it took her three colleges to get her journalistic degree(very strenuos) as she quit her first two colleges like her governorship!!! But there are TeaTard Republicans out there who believe her ilk!!! (Wink-Wink) Hey Todd, become a man for once and control this winch!!!

    June 25, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. Ferret out the BS

    she gives me a headache with all the stupid stuff she comes up with.

    June 25, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. cedarrapids

    "California – And the liberal hate continues............."

    where as you are full of love for liberals huh california? no, dont bother answering that, we all know your hypocrisy.

    And sorry James but you cant debate honestly if you still insist on saying 'death panels' and 'perceived utopia of the left'

    June 25, 2012 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  9. Mike

    How is having an end-of-life plan a death panel? Do people actually realize how many Americans die each year from illnesses without an action plan for after they die? No will, no living trust, no insurance to cover the cost of their own funerals ... it is absolutely irresponsible for adults with a job to not have some sort of insurance that covers the cost of a funeral, or a will. It's most incredibly insulting and immature to suffer through a long illness, knowing for a fact you are terminal and will die sooner rather than later, to not have these things in place. Not only that, it's selfish.

    June 25, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  10. John

    What was true then is certainly and obviously still true today:Sarah Palin is a twit, at best.

    June 25, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. james

    Why does this woman hang around just to be berrated by a nunch of smug, elitist leftists?? That is the big question

    June 25, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Jeff in San Diego

    Insurance companies also have death panels – they decide whether to treat the sick or not in the system we have now.

    June 25, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. gpk

    What a ridiculous family the Palins' are. Sarah, Todd, Bristol .

    June 25, 2012 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Bill in Florida

    Nearly four years ago after watching her interview with Katie Couric,. I predicted that Sarah Palin was an out-of-touch airhead who would assure defeat for John McCain's presidential hopes. I stand by everything I felt back then ... 🙂 Back atcha, barbie.

    June 25, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. V

    That panel she talks about making life and death decisions already exists. It's call Insurance Companies!

    This woman is a sick joke on society and should not be allowed to speak in public venues.

    June 25, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  16. Ted

    I think I can solve the health care issue and fix medicare at the same time. Allow people to buy into medicare. I'd pay $100/month to enroll in medicare. It would be better than the $600/month I pay for my HMO.

    June 25, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  17. Pete/Ark

    the terrm "troll" is used out here to describe people who intentionally make trouble without any concern about truth... Palin meets the qualificatons. All the worse is the fact that her rants help hide the fact that insurance companies currently employ minimum wage clerks with NO medical background to determine who gets treatment. Both troll and tool.

    June 25, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  18. Argle Bargle

    "Palin's 'Death Panel' lives on"

    Oh...if only it truly WAS Palin's Death Panel. Sigh.

    June 25, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |

    Oh, so now she's a doctor,just the same republican bafoon party propaganda fear and lies to try to get people to vote againest their own best interest and health care ,so they can protect their corp clients .the crook lobbyist aren't donating to romney the clown and the republican bafoon party for nothing .

    June 25, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. johhnyboywilliams

    Won't this women ever go away ? Now Tod, the husband, has a TV show. America is doomed by its' own stupidity.

    June 25, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  21. Larry L


    Duhhhh, of course it lives on. Death panels are a part of any socialized medicine system.
    Step away from Fox News and think. End-of-life counseling is a part of good medical care. Do you want everybody else to make all of the decisions for you? Would you like to be held of life-support as a brain-dead organism while the cost of your treatment destroys the finances of your loved-ones forever? Sound good?

    The other stupid comment this twit made refers to "best practices" rather than the current system of unlimited fees for services. These excessive treatments and tests are designed to make money and avoid litigation. Do you want to pay for a CAT scan and an MRI for a "boo-boo" on your pinky? The concept allows physicians to deliver the best care without unnecessary costs and fear of lawsuit. You call it "socialism" because you know so little...

    June 25, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Poor Mitt will be doomed like McCain if he allows this idiot anywhere near him and the sad part about Palin she's not a Justice or lawyer with the ability to interpret anything in the healthcare bill.

    June 25, 2012 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  23. 1twinsfan

    Death panels? I'd rather go before one than hear from Sarah Palin again.

    June 25, 2012 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  24. Susan in NC

    As a cancer survivor who's worked her entire life, I pray that the Supreme Court upholds the health care law. And, don't one of you start onto me about not working, being unaccountable, being lazy, and all the other lies you like to tell hoping that they'll be believed. I went the Cobra route and yes, it is available, IF you're able to pay - at 10 years ago's prices - $848 per month for 12 months and then over $1200 per month for another six months - all while not earning a paycheck - needless to say, I nearly bankrupted my own family. After that comes months and months or reading, writing, researching, calling - only to find that NO insurance will cover you. Oh, I did find two no-name companies that would insure me to the tune of about $2200 per month and would not, of course, cover any pre-existing conditions, including anything even slightly associated with the cancer diagnosis. I know that those of you who are happy with your own insurance may LOL, as you say, at my post and say "that can't/won't happen to me", but, trust me, it can and may. And, God forbide, it cold happen to your mother or your father or one of your children. I am not looking for nor do I want your sympathy, but I would like your understanding and kindness regarding humanity. The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it's a starting point for further negotiation 'down the road'. In the meantime, if not upheld, the insurance companies ARE and will continue to be the "death panels". Please, please take heed from some who's
    "been there, done that"..........

    June 25, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Jules

    Did she escape again??????

    June 25, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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