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. Charlie

    People who are willing to lie in order to get power are not likely to become more honest once they are in office. Palin seems to have little or no regard for truthfulness, which is odd given her popularity with the religious right.

    September 23, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  2. Dee

    Palin is truly a mean vindictive person. You can see the hate in her face. She spreads fear and hatred in all her speeches. She has no respect for the truth. I will never forgive John McCain for bringing her to the national stage.

    September 23, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Hot Patata

    Yes, Sarah. All that "death panels" and "Barack HUSSEIN Obama" stuff worked so well for you in the campaign two years ago; might as well trot it out again. Beats thinking!

    September 23, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Insane in the membrane

    No civilized country with health care has death panels. Except the current system in the US. Insurers in the US, right now, are denying coverage to sick people, who have paid into their plans for years, because it will negatively affect their bottom line. Those are the death panels that currently exist.

    This woman is so selfish, so out of touch, so hateful, so manipulative it is quite literally sickening. Someone needs to get up after everyone of her speeches and refute each of her lies one by one.

    September 23, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. independent Jim

    Utter nonsense. Would love to have every parent, son or daughter sit down and tell sarah how the "death panels" on insurance companies refused or canceled policies for the sick and dying. Get real woman.

    September 23, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. Tam

    Can she be arrested for inciting hate - and for stupidity?

    September 23, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  7. normajean

    PLEASE.... Once again in these comments Sarah Palins "DEATH PANELS' becomes a subject of controversy.. I , norma jean will be 85 at the end of this month.! TRUE.! I have Medicare which I have had since I retired in my early 60"s. I have had numerous medical problems since and have NEVERR been denied one Dr.s visit, prescription,procedure ,medical treatment ,or surgery { of which , I have had two}. This can be cosidered a sworn statement and to ME proves the death ppanel thing a pack of viscious LIES!! Anything the other side can say to distruct , they will.!!!!!!PLEASE don't believe them,ever!!!!!!! This is the TRUTH!!!

    September 23, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  8. NVa Native

    Everyone knows fox followers and the ditto heads eat these lies and distortions up, but even they have a limit to how many times they can be used and fooled ............ don't they??

    September 23, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  9. Can't We All Just Get Along?

    Let's make it simple - take away the Palins healthcare.

    September 23, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  10. OPIE

    RELOAD?.....more like RECYCLED!

    September 23, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "How can anyone take her seriously???"

    Easy. They're angry, scared and undereducated.

    September 23, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  12. Les

    This woman Sarah Palin is an embarrassment to all women the world over.

    September 23, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  13. Why are Rush and his Mafia in hiding all the time?

    Maybe its time to reload and target her.Why is it nobody says a thing about her backing of those club baby seals for their fur?

    September 23, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  14. nygirl

    Omg – I didn't think I could hate someone this much. Can't Todd just impregnate her again and maybe she'll go away!

    September 23, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  15. Gpenn

    CNN, do your job. When Palin spouts these lies. Can you please call her on it. If she won't give a comment on it and explain it. Then don't run the story. The media is more to blame for her spreading lies then anyone else. The new journalism seems to be print the lie and then explain later. Later is too late for this garbage. There are to many people who believe the lies as soon as they see it posted and never read the truth when it shows up later. What happened to the commitment to truth in the news?

    September 23, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Enjoy the descent into fascism everyone...if history is any indication (and you know it is), it's pretty much irreversible once it's started.

    September 23, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Louis in Los Angeles

    Thanks a lot there John McCain for giving us this nightmare of a media whore that won't go away.

    September 23, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  18. anagram_kid

    If the bill is repealed I suggest everyone who wants end of life counseling should get it and have the bill sent to Palin. Remember she was all for this type of coverage until it was included in the bill.

    September 23, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  19. NoClu

    I'm not sure if Palin was trying to be funny/literal with the title of her announcement "Lies, Damned Lies", but it works for me.

    More people, and the media in particular, need to challenge her on the distortions and outright fabrications of her comments.

    September 23, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. R

    Palin has a job serving the public but she didnt want that. Everything that comes along she thniks anyone cares what she has to say. If you want to run for office do so. If not be quiet.

    September 23, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  21. Otto

    Don't blame Sarah Palin for anything that comes out her mouth. Blame the people who listen to her, gives her money that has made her rich and believe her nonsense.
    We all know she is a dumb as a door nail, but the people she knows who are dumber; gave her the platform on which to stand. It is also true that the news media, including FOX; made her into an object or arrow to strike the heart of the weak minded. All across America, there are people who are so dumb; it is hard not to laugh when they speak. As long as a great many ignorant people are alive, there is a need for an ignorant leader.

    September 23, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Betsy

    Palin and possiblity other high profile TeaPartiers and Republicans get paid thousands if not millions by the profit driven health insurance corporations to undermine and sway the American public against the benefits of the new health coverage bill. Yet after pocketing their speaking money, they say the bill is to costly to the govt. (tax payers) – but they're making money off it.

    September 23, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  23. TM

    Any sane person would stop repeating a LIE after they had been caught telling it. That should tell us all we need to know about this deceitful Teabagging phony from Alaska.

    September 23, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  24. B In Alaska

    I am on the Sarah Palin Death Panel and we just voted her off the island

    September 23, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  25. anagram_kid

    Gee another FB post instead of showing up to discuss this with actual reporter and experts. I wonder if she has decided which social media site she will use to run her presidency – Facebook or Twitter? I am guessing Facebook since Twitter will not allow her enough characters for her inauguration/resignation speech.

    September 23, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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