Lie of the Year: 'Death Panels'
Palin's claim spread like wildfire through health debate
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 22, 2009 5:21 AM CST
Sarah Palin talks with a supporter as she autographs copies of "Going Rogue" during a book signing in Arizona.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

(Newser) – Sarah Palin's claim that health care reform would institute "death panels" to decide whether the elderly and disabled are worthy of treatment has been deemed the biggest lie of 2009 by the editors of PolitiFact. Palin appears to have coined the term in a July Facebook posting, and it swiftly spread among reform opponents, despite policy experts on both the left and right calling it completely inaccurate.

The "death panels" claim, based on a proposal to offer voluntary end-of-life counseling on Medicare, played on people's emotions and further polarized the debate, analysts say. Polls taken after Palin's comments found that 30% of voters—mostly Republicans—believed the reform package included death panels. Palin later said the term wasn't meant to be taken literally, but that it was an effective way of getting her point across.

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ljbill
Jun 26, 2010 8:07 AM CDT
Thank God she said that. Because of that comment it is not a part of that law.
prowlerzee
Dec 23, 2009 7:42 AM CST
Hahaha! And I'm right again. Every progressive site from kos to firedoglake is ranting about the fraud OpHRMa's latest LIE of the decade: "I didn't campaign on public option." He did and he BONED you OBOTS after telling you the proper way to worship him was to turn around, bend over and spread. How's that Hopey-Changey mantra working for ya now? I hear butt plug futures are looking good thanks to you obots. Too funny.
prowlerzee
Dec 23, 2009 6:37 AM CST
Ha, Denise, good point! Rocky and Shannon will have one hell of a Hopium hangover one day. And when they do, they'll find that their OMessiah went and gave away the entire drugstore to Big Pharma. Oh, WELL.