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. Richard

    The absurd part of Ms. Palin's argument is that, if anything, the insurance companies have used 'death panels' for years to determine who gets treatment and who does not. The Healthcare bill would not permit that behavior to continue. But the right are so blind to the capitalistic truth that they ignore Insurance company behavior that's been going on ever since the Doctor's lost and the Insurance Companies took over healthcare in this country.

    June 25, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  2. Ben Yaweh

    I think that she is attractive.

    June 25, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  3. Investment Advisor

    @KO...Forget reading aloud the healthcare bill. How about we have Pelosi tell us how it works. That would be like a monkey fornicating with a football!

    June 25, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. CBR

    Ms. Palin has to stir up the crowds by giving half truths or the truth the way she sees it. Americans should be wise enough to know that this woman who did not even finish her term as governor should just go home to Alaska. The last four years have shown that the Ms. Palin has not grown as a politician but is still using the same old tactic. CNN should be smart enough to see this.

    June 25, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. Glenn NM

    @ Investment Advisor – Another blind follower of the talking bobbleheads on Fox......Rush, Sean, Glenn.........the government is not taking control of the health care system, that's just another blatant lie by the extreme Right. Read up on the Affordable Health Care Act, perhaps you'll gain an education on what it's really all about.

    June 25, 2012 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  6. The King

    Oh sarah, please keep sharing your exceptionally informed opinion. You're a very important person, and we crave your Solomonesque wisdom. Tour the country espousing your brilliance, especially in swing states where your opinion is held in extremely high regard!! Sarah, speak, speak often, and don't hold back. President Obama will appreciate the votes you swing his way.

    June 25, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "An end of life plan is not having a panel decide what services will or will not be paid for."

    You realize that's precisely what private insurance companies do, right? And that they even take it multiple steps further by deciding that they're the ultimate abirters of natural selection and have the right to prevent people from having any insurance at all in the first place, right?

    What is so freekin hard about this to understand for you Teatroll idiots?

    June 25, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  8. anotherGDlefty

    I know when I want facts and news I go to peoples facebook pages.......

    DRy up & blow away $arah Paylin.

    June 25, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. Nodack

    She is kind of prettying long as she doesn't talk. She gets real ugly fast when she opens her mouth.

    June 25, 2012 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "That would be like a monkey fornicating with a football!"

    Hehe...go to youtube...there's a vid of a monkey doing it with a frog's face. It's a wonderful analogy for what the GOP/Teatrolls want to do to the middle-class, poor, sick, elderly, youth and minorities.

    June 25, 2012 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. V

    Investment Advisor-

    If you think she is pretty smart, who don't you let her run your life for a bit. Let her make all your difficult decisions as you obviously think she is qualified. Get back to us in a few months and let us know how it's going.

    June 25, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. AgrippaMT

    Most of us would have no problem at all if Sarah Palin is subjected to a death panel review the next time she gets sick. And she is already very sick in the head.

    June 25, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  13. Bullricky

    Here's a test: Do you know anyone who had medical coverage denied, delayed, cut off completely, capped or otherwise compromised by a health insurance company? And that decision resulted in their death? That would be the equivalent of a death panel. And of course you do! Now Medicare does this sort of stuff four times as often as those mean ol' insurance companies. And Medicaid? Seven times as often. So we have "Death Panels" now, lots of them. And they come in private and public flavors. So stop, you're killing me with all this ranting and raving!

    June 25, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. Vader

    "Death panels" exist today in the form of the private (read to mean "no accountability") insurance companies as they, daily, make decisions as to which therapies they will cover and which therapies they deem to be "experimental" and therefore not covered. Just coincidentally, these tend to be the most expensive. And while I agree that insurance cannot be expected to pay the freight for anything anyone can concoct anytime, at least IPAB offers some mechanism for recourse and accountability, however ephemeral, as an arm of the government.

    June 25, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  15. Carol

    It is always true that Palin knows little about which she speaks. She is still trying to defend her "death panel" statement and will not acknowledge that end of life counseling is a family affair and has been for many years. This is her way of poisoning the minds of her followers. Even though she was awarded the biggest lie of the year award, she is dumb enough to even bring it up!

    June 25, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Bernie Maddoff was an investment advisor. Most are just parasites.

    June 25, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  17. Rosepen

    Those eyeglasses are so 2008.

    June 25, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  18. pdaly

    OK, I understand from the comments that the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will not make any decisions about what care will be paid for, i.e. even an "unproductive" 99-year old, or preterm handicapped kid, will be able to receive any care the family and/or physician requests and that neither cost nor effectiveness will be a factor in denial of covereage.
    regarding the notion that "Before the Affordable Care Act there were panels of bureaucrats [sic] who [sic] ... would decide who could have health care. They are called actuaries and they work for the profit of the insurance company." Please understand that some feel there is an important distinction between a private person or company having a policy, and the federal government mandating a nationwide policy through law. just saying, that is why some see a difference.

    This seems to eb as excuse that the government panels are OK and , even

    June 25, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. pdaly

    oh well I aint internet savy, either. sorry about the editing tag– long

    June 25, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  20. n

    Oh yeah, Palin, tell us again about the midnight ride of Paul Revere? Deer in the head lights moment!

    June 25, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  21. lies from the right but mostly hate

    And she refered to him as a muslim not of this country too

    June 25, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  22. Investment Advisor

    Sniffit...Flavor of the kool-aid please....sounds like a wild trip.

    June 25, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. Brad

    I thought she went away. Where has she been? We need to get her campaigning for Romney so her lunacy can get Obama another term.

    June 25, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  24. Mitzie

    The only talent Governor Palin has is her ability to trash her opponent with a memorable line. It amazes me that so many people find her rhetoric at all believable. We are such a gullible society. We are a society who dares not learn more than a sound bite of information. Spin carries the day! Why would we want to discover fact....it is too much work afterall and we have Governor Palin to supply us with all the inane spin we need to know.

    June 25, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. ted

    If Obamacare gets struck down in its entirety, then the GOP will be running death panels as they haven't a clue or a plan to help people with healthcare. millions of people are being helped by Obamacare right now and would be cut off from help due to the GOP and its ignorance.

    June 25, 2012 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
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