September 24th, 2010
05:08 AM ET
13 years ago

Palin targets 'damned lies'

(CNN) - Sarah Palin announced the launch of a new website Thursday, aimed at defeating twenty incumbent Democrats who voted for President Obama's health care bill and who are running in districts that swung Republican during the 2008 presidential election.

In the announcement on her Facebook page, entitled "Lies, Damned Lies – Obamacare 6 Months Later," the former GOP vice presidential nominee resurrects her claims that "rationing 'death panels'" are included in the health care bill and promotes the new site, which endorses candidates who support the bill's repeal.

Palin is unspecific as to what section of the final bill she refers to as creating 'death panels,' but does link to her original Facebook post which sparked a storm of controversy in 2009. In the post, she stated that the health care bill would create "death panels" that would decide whether people "are worthy of health care."

The claims caused a headache for the Obama administration and propelled outrage among the bill's opponents.

The section which critics of the of the original bill referred to as 'rationing care' and establishing 'death panels' was one which required Medicare to pay doctors for consultations with patients about "advance care planning," such as the drafting of living wills. Those consultations would include "an explanation by the practitioner of the continuum of end-of-life services and supports available, including palliative care and hospice."

In a statement released in 2009, the American Medical Association, which endorsed the bill, said it "would not mandate that patients take advantage of this benefit."

"The new Medicare benefit would allow doctors to be compensated for such consultations every five years, and more frequently if a patient has a life-limiting illness or health status changes," the organization said.

TakeBackThe20, which is funded by Palin's political action committee  SarahPAC, features a map of the United States with crosshairs over the targeted districts and a gallery of the conservative candidates 'recommended' by SarahPAC.

This is not the first time Palin has used crosshairs to identify Democrats in districts that voted for John McCain in 2008. Following the health care vote in March, Palin received criticism for using a similar map and tweeting "commonsense conservatives & lovers of America, Don't Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!"

Filed under: 2010 • Health care • Sarah Palin
soundoff (162 Responses)
  1. Bassman

    The "Panel" that suggested women over 50 do not need mammograms proves her point. If women just one woman developed cancer, that panel would be culpable.

    September 23, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  2. normajean

    Sarah Palin is like so many people that get a little fame and then think they walk on water. She , like so many, never know where to stop.As has been shown in ""comments "", MOST PEOPLE HAVE COME TO THINK OF HER AS A FOOL WHO IS MORE TROUBLE THAN SHE'S WORTH AND IN THE LONG RUN , DANGEROUS.! She's gone from being an attractive ,light weight to someone who is able to instill influence on the non thinkers of our society. To take anything this woman says seriously is to court disaster.

    September 23, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. Maria

    Sarah Palin is a painful reminder of how low we've sunk. She's an uneducated gold digger who has only her own best interests in mind. Mama grizzly? lets reload? in the crosshairs? How can anyone take her seriously???

    September 23, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Death panels that decide who is "worthy to receive health care" already exist. They're called private insurance companies.

    Seriously, resurrecting a completely and utterly debunked and disproven LIE is pretty disgusting. But, like we all know, truth matters not to these people, just what they can get others to matter how outrageous or mendacious.

    BTW..."The "Panel" that suggested women over 50 do not need mammograms proves her point."

    You just misrepresented what that panel said. Go do your homework and come back when you're fully informed.

    September 23, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  5. kakaraka

    Democrats need to get tough against this woman. She is a devil, still dabbling in witchcraft. She misleads the uneducated tea baggers republicans with lies, misinformation, fabrication of supidity to get attention and be rich. Get tough Dems. She nevey get over her lost of 2008 presidential election. That witchcraft practice. Get tough against this witch please.

    September 23, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. doug

    The healthcare bill has been law for 6 many people have these death panels executed?

    September 23, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  7. CERR

    Sarah Louise Palin is rambling and uttering nonsense again. Does she still date Mr. Hansen(her husbands friend)? So much for
    FAMILY VALUES. If she likes to dish out hatred, she has to be ready to take some as well. Is Bristol pregnant again? She looks
    about 3 months. Little Miss ABSTINENCE spreading the word for LOU LOU'S FAMILY VALUES.

    September 23, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  8. JonDie

    Please explain to me again why insurance companies and the Republicans who deny insurance and directly cause people to die is not the same as "death panels." And all so rich, old men can get their Viagra.

    September 23, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    She should quit bearing false witness - what about other women who have retards like hers (Shrug or Smell, or whatever his name is) and they don't get free socialized medical care that Alaska provides her?

    September 23, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  10. Lee Bartholomew

    o_O Uh Sarah, hate to tell you this but 1. we have had Death Panels for decades 2. Gunderson Lutheran Clinic was hoping to get rid of them until your ilk stepped in. Now it's not in there. Bout as senile as John McCain insisting the Military is still against gays and they aren't actively looking thru emails. One of those if he doesn't know it can't hurt him.

    September 23, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  11. Chris

    Why not? Republicans were dumb enough to buy into the lie the first time. They'll be dumb enough to buy into it again, every time it's raised. Why? Because they neither care for nor value the truth.
    They'll cheer every lie they hear as long as it falls in line with their outdated, illogical beliefs.

    September 23, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  12. MB Seattle

    Sarah Palin = American Terrioist

    September 23, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  13. beevee

    Ms. Palin comes across as a sore loser and a blatant liar. She deserves to be punished by Sharia law. Shame on her by trying to score points by such statements.

    September 23, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  14. Bob(Illinois)

    Let's face it, folks. Palin is a certifiable IDIOT!

    September 23, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  15. Rev. Samuel

    Palin is not a fool. She is just one of thousands, millions of fools who believe such rubbish and perpetuate it hatefully. An example of Christian values? You decide.

    September 23, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  16. Pat-San Jose CA

    Right after she and others came out with their Death Panel charges, I watched a meeting of the Family Research Council on CSpan and they were advocating exactly the same thing – that the elderly need to discuss their wishes with their family and with their medical providers. What a bunch of hypocrites! All the Dems wanted to do was allow those medical providers to be paid for their time for that conversation – right now it is not a reimbursable charge. And to Rick McDaniel, I'd rather put my life in the hands of the government than in the hands of the insurance companies. The gov't has no reason to want me dead!

    September 23, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  17. Paul

    I'm actually shocked that a few people on this board actually agree with her! "well, the government has control of health care, and i guess that means that, through funding and stuff, that maybe they are death panels, insofar as people die, and there are panels, and government is bad, so maybe Obama is the devil?" Idiots.

    September 23, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. John

    What Saran Palin and the Tea Party are about Lies and racist. Why would the TEA PARTY EXPRESS spent 8 MILLIONS dollars of their own money too get these people in office,and why only REPUBLICAN and no Democrats. If their doing this too make Improved in Government than they should back people on both side,not just REPUBLICAN. Sound too me they spent all that money too get these people in office too control their vote. That the way BIG BUSINESS do it,now if these people get in office they will owed them something when they need it.

    September 23, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  19. Eleanor

    The dumbing down of America has come home to roost with the ongoing rants and raves of one Sarah Palin. Heaven help the USA!

    September 23, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  20. Peter Zheutlin

    Palin's utter disregard for fact and truth is the mark of a true demagogue. Thank you, John McCain, for inflicting this narrow-minded, ill-informed, fear monger on the nation. The bill would, at last, reimburse health care professionals for the difficult time they spend counseling patients on their choices as they near the end of a terminal illness. That's HUMANE! That would comfort patients who may seek to cease treatments and opt for palliative care. But in Palin World, which bears no resemblance to reality, those are "death panels." She's a first class ignoramus.

    September 23, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  21. oldsoldierboy

    As George Bush once said "There an old saying in Texas, probably Tennessee also that says scare me
    once.............. shame on.................shame on can scare me but you can't get scared again".

    September 23, 2010 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  22. annitta

    Good grief here we go again. I live in Alaska and let me tell you I am no fan of Palin. Her husband is Alaskan Native and believe me the kids probably use the benefits offered, but does Sarah EVER mention the culture of her hubby? As to death panels, my insurance is TriCare through the DOD, and there is a panel of doctors who decide what treatment, what tests, etc that I get and if they are going to pay for it. I have been turned down one time on a new MRi machine that allows patients with pacemakers to do an MRI. I was refused and though the heart doctor wrote a letter, the panel still said no. Insurance companies have such panels and they have all ways had such panels, this is not new. Now, as far as that other matter, of putting old people under, good heavens. The Living Will is offered to patients at the hospitals because they are mandated to do this. A Living Will gives the power of life and death to the patient, not the doctor, nor the hospital. I am ashamed that Sarah is from Alaska, and that she is a quitter. The first female governor and she went and ruined it for any future female to run, now any who may run will forever have a stigma of loser, quitter, walk away attached to her just because she is female and Sarah did not have the breasts to continue on. Grow up Sarah, pull up your big gal panties and get on with your life – in another state.

    September 23, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  23. you

    you know, the only reason this idiot has people listening to her is because jerks like you give her a platform.

    September 23, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Political limbo everyone!!! HOW LOW WILL SHE GO!?!?!? Queue the calipso music...

    September 23, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Florida Joe

    This person is PURE EVIL...........The only DEATH Panel Sarah is when Americans are denied basic healthcare by the insurance companies that support you and your Repub friends.............You do nothing but spread lies with NOTHING to back it up.................Someone said it best UNEDUCATED GOLD DIGGER describes this woman best................

    September 23, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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