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. Your Fellow Americans Have Spoken, Why Don't You Listen

    Dear Ms. Palin: I suspect that if John McCain had chosen anyone but you as his 2004 presidential running mate, the issue of what you call the "Death Panel" would be a moot issue. If McCain had chosen someone with two brain cells to rub together rather than a pontificating hot bag of wind like you, he just might have actually won the election instead of getting shellacked by Obama/Biden. Your fellow Americans, as you so call them, have already decided that you would be wrong for this country. I think I am fairly certain that you realize this, or you would run for the presidency instead of running your mouth. I am not at all certain why you chose not to run in 2012. Next to Michelle Bachman, you would have seemed like the intelligent Republican female in the room............. If there is such a thing.

    June 25, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. blue19

    Too bad there weren't death panels in Alaska for stupid politicians. We'd have been saved four years of mindless dribble from this nut job. "Hey Sarah is speaking again, you can see it running down her chin".

    June 25, 2012 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. ZorakLives

    At this point, even her party's leaders, like Karl Rove, are embarassed by Palin and want her silenced. They know that every time she speaks to the press she loses votes for the GOP.

    June 25, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. grahame rhodes

    Incredibly stupid. never forget though the only way to save the USA is to repeat the phrase

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

    She is a waste of valuable space. What will it take for her to finally disappear for good?

    June 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  6. jakeflyby

    Americans not having health insurance is a death panel by omission. Sarah Palin is a dumb as dirt. Please stop covering anything that comes out of her ignorant mouth.

    June 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  7. gereber

    I've been reading,with comprehension, longer than Palin. I wish her to quote word for word where the death squads are mentioned in the bill. Until that time she is a liar.

    June 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. KO

    Why does't someone ask her to read aloud the "death panel" part of the health care act?

    June 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  9. Coffee Khadaffi

    The notion that a panel would determine someone's health coverage based on their "level of productivity to society" is ridiculous (although if this were true I understand why Sara Palin would be concerned). Before the Affordable Care Act there were panels of bureaucrats who decided who would decide who could have health care. They are called actuaries and they work for the profit of the insurance company. They routinely denied coverage to people with pre-existing health conditions: they were a bad investment! Why this is less scary to people than the Affordable Care Act is beyond me.

    June 25, 2012 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  10. bosfaninva

    Sarah who?

    June 25, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. Scales of Justice

    Are Bristol and Tripp on Sarah's health care plan?

    June 25, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Myviewis

    Someone explains this to me. I read that since Jan 1, 2009 under a limited fashion Medicare has been paying for end-of-life consultations under the Medicare Improvements for Patient and Providers Act that Congress under Bush passed. I read Medicare was paying around $92.33 for 40 min consultation which doctors feel is cheap because of the complex and lenghty these consultations turn out to be with the patient and sometime family. From what I read these Death Panels became a worrying to families who felt the doctor was discouraging a patient to seek all care possible to prolong life and were being encouraged to deny themselves a ventilator to breath, feeding tube, etc... for the purpose of organ donation.

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

    Palin is head of "The Kiss of Death Panel" and if Mitt's smart he'll run the other way if he doesn't want to end up like McCain.

    June 25, 2012 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  14. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Always a pathetic sight when a former GOP "rising star" tries to stay relevant.

    Palin/Perry 2016!

    June 25, 2012 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  15. Milton K. Wiah

    I even doubt that she herself wrote the article. This woman who was taught to remember VP Joe Biden name
    during 2008 debate, and could not remember it--gosh.

    June 25, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  16. Revolution101

    The Insurance companies are the agents of death. They decide if the risk to cover you is worth the return.

    June 25, 2012 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  17. ATLJack

    Will this nutcase ever go away?

    June 25, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  18. V

    @Palin Power – Bristol, is that you?

    June 25, 2012 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  19. Scamtannehill

    The only Death Panel is the end of her career. Why is this uneducated out of touch loud mouth still getting press ? Just think how close we came to having a vice president that doesn't believe in evolution. That explains her daughter getting knocked up in her teens. Was that evolution or the will of god thing ?

    June 25, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Investment Advisor

    Why would any one with a brain want to let the U.S. Government take charge of our healthcare system? You libs have all the answers even though you don't know the question. Palin is pretty smart...especially compared to the dim-wits on this site.

    June 25, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  21. Glenn NM

    The only reason it lives on is the same reason that Sarah Palin continues to receive news coverage........because our wonderful media won't let it go. She has done absolutely nothing to deserve the coverage she receives and her "death panel" statement just further proved her ignorance in the eyes of the American electorate. Stop covering the woman! Other than an incredibly small group of mindless followers no one cares what she has to say.

    June 25, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  22. Dean


    How is having an end-of-life plan a death panel?
    -----------An end of life plan is not having a panel decide what services will or will not be paid for.

    June 25, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  23. DCR999

    Don't insurance companies do this now anyway?!!!!!

    June 25, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. Rob

    Ingorant is as Ignorant does

    June 25, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  25. Name

    thanks sarah for reminding me why i refused to vote for the guy who named you his running mate in 08

    June 25, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
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