Palin's still talking about death panels

The former Alaska governor worries that the fictional entities might be added "back" to health bill

By Alex Koppelman
December 23, 2009 12:34AM (UTC)
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If you haven't seen it yet, check out the list we here at Salon put together of the year's most bogus stories. Our top pick was "death panels," the entirely fictitious things supposedly contained in the Democrats' healthcare reform bills that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin made famous when she wrote, on her Facebook page, "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."

Coincidentally, on Tuesday Palin took to Twitter to comment on the Senate healthcare deal. And when she did so, she went back to a familiar topic.


"NOW w/the Prez "threatening" &Congress "rushing" is when we MUST pay more attention than ever 2what this HealthCare Takeover is all about," Palin wrote in one tweet. "[M]erged bill may b unrecognizable from what assumed was a done deal:R death panels back in?"

You almost have to admire the chutzpah it takes to write something like that for tens of thousands of people to see. The "death panels" were never even in the bill in the first place, so they were never taken out -- and it's not like Palin would have seen news reports that they had been removed from the legislation. But they are gone now (because of the former governor's intervention, no doubt), apparently; however, we have to watch out, because Democrats are just dying to sneak in a provision that would allow them to kill your loved ones. It's vintage Palin.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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