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. Len

    She gets what she wants because of CNN and Fox News who are in love with her and don't have a clue on how to report news. She is making the big bucks, not us.

    September 23, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Khrystal

    Is CNN stops reporting on this *****, we wont hear from her again

    September 23, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. adrifter

    Has this woman no shame?

    September 23, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  4. Republicans is smart in the head area

    50% of the population occupies the left side of the Bell curve and she is their Queen.

    September 23, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  5. T

    To those who would opine that Ms. Palin is stupid, dumb, etc. I would offer that she is BRILLIANT! She cares not for public office, she has found a gold mine and will continue to work it as long as it produces. When the intelligent folks of this nation vote this fall and in the future and she finds herself without an audience, she will happily return to Wasilla and spend the rest of her days not working for a living but enjoying the wealth she has amassed by incessantly flapping her jaws and spreading fear. She is not concerned with facts, research, or data – that doesn't sell.

    September 23, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    What or what will this woman do after her looks go away in a couple of years?????

    Another Anita Bryant, destroy lives while you're in the lime light for the sake of publicity, only to have the US Constitution have to go back and undo all the damage you have caused.

    How much simpler, easier and BETTER this country would be without these freaks who preach fear and hatred ALL the time.

    September 23, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  7. BL09

    What a dingbat. I have to wonder about her sanity but the problem is she is able to get uneducated and gullible people to be excited about these lies. She is a shame to the human race. Nice that she's beginning to look older. Maybe the diminishment of her looks will help ease her out of the limelight.

    September 23, 2010 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Not my cup of tea!

    GOP.. what you gonna do...When Jim Demint comes for yooou. Bad boys! Where are the real men in the GOP. They act like Johns when it come to that air head Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin ran off with another John called Tea Party and Jim Demint is her pimp. Regan Republicans you have to shut this down. Make a deal with the Democrats and vote these Tea Party clowns out. I know it will hurt,but their no choices if you every want to comeback. Look, Jim Demint is serious, that look in those beady eyes and that serial killer grin. Jim Demint is suffering from an Industrial Napolean Complex and used his grand experiment on the Moderate Republicans. So, what are you going to do?

    September 23, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |


    Now that President Barack Obama has signed the health care bill into law, a supporter of his has admitted the rationing components in it. The cost/benefit board established over private medicine by the new health care program will be able to impose “more or less binding judgments” refusing care. These judgments will save “a lot of money” in the context of treating the elderly and people with disabilities and terminal illnesses. The panel will prevent treatment that isn't “medically” useful.

    You Idiots better wake up and quit you babbling idoacys. Palin is so correct.

    September 23, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  10. fina

    I am certain Sarah Palin knows what she is saying is not correct. But she is counting on all those people who will believe anything , simply because they don't like Obama as president. Who really believes that our government will have death panels?? Where were all these people who were around for the last 8 years , hiding with their solutions?? Why didn't they speak up, about what should have been done. When all the while things were going down hill. 8 years!! Now in 18 months everything is supposed to all be fixed nice and tidy. Doesn't Obama get 8 years time to fix it?? Lunatics is what they are. Sarah Palin was hiding in Alaska. While she is feeding all these ignorant people crap, she is laughing all the way to the bank. That's all she wants, the all might dollar.

    September 23, 2010 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  11. Melanie

    The lipstick has worn off on Palin and all that is left is the PIG!

    September 23, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Marcus

    Thank Mrs. Palin for giving to all sane Americans a great insight of your political strategy, i.e.: 'Lies and more lies and smears and all that since I don't have a single idea of what's going on around me'.
    Thank you.
    I confess that I was one of those who believed that it was you, and not Tina Fey, who said that 'I can see Alaska from my window' (or something like that) line.
    But THIS time its you, it's really you.
    And you can't deny that you shamelessly LIED in order to promote your agenda.
    Conservatives or liberals do not need such tool, but you rely entirely on it.

    September 23, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  13. Gail

    I wish she would shut up. Does she have a better health care program to offer? What are her suggestions on how to reduce medical costs and insurance costs?

    September 23, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  14. anon

    Hint. its the independent advisory panel. It makes mandatory but totally voluntary recommendations regarding end of life care, specifically, how to make end of life care cheaper for the government.

    September 23, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. Ron

    And we thought the Anti Christ was going to be a man!!

    September 23, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    S. Palin, stop your lying! There are no death panels.
    When S. Palin, Joe Miller, and her Tea Party coharts abolish Soc. Sec. & Medicare they will be in effect creating a death sentence for millions of senior Americans who depend on these vital programs.
    Who is going to pay for their care in nursing homes?

    September 23, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  17. iCanHazTeeParti

    wait, comparative effectiveness research is most definitely NOT in the health care bill. and its a darn shame that Palin killed it with her death panel remark.

    but what is she talking about now? and people listen to this tripe?

    September 23, 2010 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    Can anybody tell me what solutions the Far right are proposing to solve the economic problems of this country? All I hear is lower taxes. How does the Tea Party expect to reduce the national debt? Cuttiing taxes? There are only ways you can reduce the national debt , Pay taxes or borrow money from another country(a.k.a CHINA). Nobody likes paying taxes, but having CHINA as a the U.S banker SCARES the "BLANK" out of me. The members of the Tea Party should come out and really say why they do not like Obama, he is the wrong color and he is intelligent.

    September 23, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  19. Paul in NY

    I hope people only listen to her because of her comedy.

    September 23, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. George of the jungle

    This is one scary bimbo. Imagin all thewingnuts that listen and believe in her. She can do some serious damage to the repos and the demos. Why the media keeps putting her stuff out is beyond me she hols no office and no allegiance to any party but the tea party. Ever think of ignoring her? The whole family is one big dancing with the stars reality show trailer trash group.

    September 23, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin, the more you talk about President Obama the less time you have to give the American people some specifics. Foolish woman, you should know by now that by slandering President Obama isn't a political question on specifics. Slander your own uneducated husband because slandering the president won't give you or him a pass to the W.H. Note: And spend some time with your children because they've proven to be misguided and the little one needs you most of all, not us.

    September 23, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |

    Here we go again with Half Gov. Palin's LIES. There are no death panels, there never was any death panels except those within the insurance companies. This woman just simply can not tell the truth!

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 23, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  23. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Bureaucrats deciding who gets what kind of health care is what we had with private insruance corporations for decades! Those were already death pannels! And yet no republican ever objected to those! The very reason Medicare had to be implemented is because decades ago private insurance corporations decided to drop old people for costing them too much. If it wasn't for government provided coverage those old people, now hypocritically objecting to government health care, would all have died! Insurance corporations don't cover them! Their bureaucratic pannels have already decided on their death!

    September 23, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  24. Andrew D

    I'm no fan of Palin, but reading these comments from people tripping over themselves to call her names is REALLY entertaining.

    September 23, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  25. KT

    Every time I start feeling disappointed in Obama and wondering if we made the right choice electing him, Sarah Palin opens her mouth and reminds me hat we could've had Mrs. "Being a Governor is too haaaaard I quit halfway into my term" Palin a mere ancient heartbeat away from being president and I feel much better about President Obama. Thanks Sarah, for reaffirming my faith in the choice I made!

    September 23, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
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