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. Anonymous

    @Ben Yaweh

    I think that she is attractive.
    In six words you have captured Sarah Palin's entire list of positive virtues as a human being.

    June 25, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    @Susan in NC
    Thank you for the wonderful, caring and logical comment.

    June 25, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  3. R. Williams

    Well, since it wasn't true 3 years ago, it's still not true now.

    June 25, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  4. Katie

    Yes ma'm, it was true then and it's true now. Death Panels exist in all health insurance companies where bean counters (analysts with no medical background beyond an understanding of terminology) identify the cheapest way insurances can cover your health needs and inform the insurance bureaucrats when it's cheaper to deny coverage. Such decisions – routinely made – directly affect lives. They also set coverage ceilings, including lifetime ceilings, and help strike deals with pharmaceutical companies to pare down or eliminate coverage on different medicines – not based on patient need but on the desires of the pharmaceutical industry. Death Panels in insurance companies also decide who is coverable at all – if you have had cancer, forget it. If you were born with a problem, forget it. If your unborn baby needs in utero surgery – forget it. It's all based on cost. It simply costs the insurance company too much to bother with your health needs, sorry. Those are the real death panels Sarah Palin ought to be spouting about.

    June 25, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  5. deadheadkenny

    Does anybody know where I can get a job application to be a death panel member? That sounds like a cool job

    June 25, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  6. joe

    To all who haven't read the most costly, debt producing legislature in history and to those few who have and don't see the biggest grab of civil liberties in our history and reduces us to a central government controlled society, you are the reason we are in this pit.

    June 25, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  7. Brian from DC

    Thiese pearls of wisdom from a woman whose own family is completely damaged? Wunderbar.

    June 25, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Clarence

    Leftists should take a look at Great Britain. Their health care system was held up as a model for what the United States should be doing. However, there can be no doubt that Great Britain has death panels. NPR ran a segment about a man in his fities with cancer that the health system refused to treat because it was not cost effective. The Palin haters love to ridicule her for statements she never made (such as being able to see Russia from her front porch) but they ought to do a little research before slamming her for the death panel comments.

    June 25, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  9. Ashley from Ohio

    Early dimentia is a problem in Wasilla.

    June 25, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Winston5

    Who in that family turns on the computer for her?? Just can't figure that out.

    June 25, 2012 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  11. jim

    sheesh. she still refuses to let facts get in the way of her foolishness. typical of far too many people.

    June 25, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  12. Pat in IL

    If palin would keep her mouth shut then nobody would know that she doesn't know what she's talking about.

    June 25, 2012 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    The sad thing is that so many people actually believe this shallow and ridiculous woman.

    June 25, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  14. Martha in CF

    And why is this news. Palin is a person of the past....A she does is talk spite.......

    June 25, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  15. sandyj

    Why is she still bothering us? Who cares what she thinks!!!!

    June 25, 2012 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  16. MBSeattle

    More sound bites for the lazy minds. Why is she still news?

    June 25, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  17. Bill

    It came from Palin, need I say more?

    June 25, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  18. Bigereads

    I wonder why the Pastor of Palin's church has never sat her down and explained how evil she is in her zeal to be famous. Lying to uneducated people, begging them for their hard earned dollars in case she decides she wants to be President. Lying about the new health care plan when she has never read it and could not explain one paragraph in it. Is she disputing those 150 provisions included from the Republican Congress, or just those from the Democrat side?
    Mrs. Palin couldn't keep herself from getting pregnant before marriage, failed to prevent her daughter and son from doing the same, but is still trying to pass herself off as some kind of moral person. She is a grifter and so is every member of her family. Ole Todd is looking to get himself a new reality show, so stay tuned. Bristol's show already bombed and is being pulled. The poor citizens of Alaska will never stop feeling ashamed that this immoral family keeps them in the nation's spotlight, negatively.

    June 25, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  19. Pam from Texas

    Good Lord, who rattled her cage this time? I really, really love it when we don't hear from her. She can have her opinion and I can have mine. But since she's such a upstanding Christian, I guess she's forgotten about the Commandment about "bearing false witness". Please stop lying – and the wonderful side benefit from that is we won't hear from her anymore. HA!!

    June 25, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  20. Shayney

    She was so 15 minutes ago several years ago. Why can't she just fade away?

    June 25, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Gerry H

    The absurdity of this is mind-boggling. Palin says "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." Ms. Palin knows full well that those "faceless bureaucrats" have been around forever. They work for HMOs and hospitals.

    Obamacare creates no "death panels," words she originally chose with care. It doesn't even break new ground on the the kinds of tough health resource decisions that have been made daily since the advent of health insurance. It is such a ridiculous straw man argument.

    June 25, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  22. rafael

    "What was true then is true now." Nothing to fault in that statement.

    June 25, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  23. Ivan Bial

    why does anyone care what she says

    June 25, 2012 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  24. pamela j reynolds

    Sarah Palin is in it for the bucks that come her way. Her target audience is to the most politically ignorant in the country. Why did she quit the governership of Alaska at just the time she did? Because she saw a financial opportunity. Sarah followers – she takes you for stupid.

    June 25, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  25. Marinedad05

    Sen. Grassley (Republican) was the FIRST person to propose the so called 'Death Panel'. The Obama Administration had nothing to do with it. Even Se. Grassley agrees with that.

    But, no, youn Ms. Palin and all those whacky nuts on the Right think this is a Obama Admin. thing.

    In any case, do you know that the gas prices are going down? You want to blame the President for that too?

    June 25, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
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