Obama Takes Shot at Palin's 'Lie' on Death Panels

President takes partisan tone in denouncing 'cynical and irresponsible' opponents
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2009 9:02 PM CDT
President Barack Obama greets members of Congress.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – President Obama took a shot at Sarah Palin, among others, in calling out those who say his plan for health-care reform would create so-called “death panels” to decide on end-of-life care, Brian Beutler writes for Talking Points Memo. “It is a lie, plain and simple,” Obama said in tonight’s address to a joint session of Congress of claims “made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians.”

“Such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible,” Obama said of the charge, which, Beutler notes, was mentioned by Palin as recently as last week. The idea, Obama added, is “spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost.”