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Palin Lashes Death Panels in Hannity Tirade

'I won't back off,' she vows

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 7, 2010 2:37 AM CST | Updated Jan 7, 2010 6:51 AM CST
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin yesterday vehemently reiterated her controversial criticism of "death panels" that she is convinced are part of health reform, reports Huffington Post. "If we have our health care paid for by the bureaucracy, depending on our health condition, depending on our age, we're going to be subject to bureaucrats deciding, in panels and commissions—just like they do overseas—who will be worthy of receiving the health care that government is going to provide," Palin says in the first of a two-part interview with Sean Hannity.

"That is the death panel that I've referred to, and I won't back off on criticizing that aspect of the health care bill. It's a scary situation for us to be in. We can't give up. We have to be more vigilant than ever." Palin surmised the existence of "death panels"—a phrase coined by her—from optional end-of-life counseling to be paid for by Medicare mentioned in versions of the health care bill. The creation of death panels was recently named the No. 1 lie of the year by the St. Petersburg Times.

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