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Sarah Palin Repeats Her False 'Death Panels' Obamacare Claim From 2009 (Video)

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Some Republicans are advocating closing down the U.S. government to stop Obamacare via a filibuster of the "Continuing Resolution, "which funds the federal government and comes up for renewal on September 30.

One of those supporting the U.S. government shutdown is former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin, who appeared on Fox News on August 10 to renew her debunked claim that Obamacare includes "death panels," which was named "lie of the year" in 2009 by Politifact.com.

Fox News' Eric Bolling began the segment by falsely suggesting that former Vermont Governor Howard Dean (D) was agreeing with Palin about "death panels" in a recent op-ed for the Wall Street Journal (video below), notes MediaMatters.org.

In reality, Dean actually gave a strong endorsement of Obamacare, but does believe the Independent Payment Advisory Board will create a new bureaucracy. He never mentions "death panels" or Sarah Palin in his Wall Street Journal article:

One major problem is the so-called Independent Payment Advisory Board. The IPAB is essentially a health-care rationing body. By setting doctor reimbursement rates for Medicare and determining which procedures and drugs will be covered and at what price, the IPAB will be able to stop certain treatments its members do not favor by simply setting rates to levels where no doctor or hospital will perform them.

The IPAB will cause frustration to providers and patients alike, and it will fail to control costs. When, and if, the atmosphere on Capitol Hill improves and leadership becomes interested again in addressing real problems instead of posturing, getting rid of the IPAB is something Democrats and Republicans ought to agree on.

"Of course, there are death panels in there. The important thing to remember is that's just one aspect of this atrocious, unaffordable, cumbersome, burdensome, evil policy of Obama's, and that is Obamacare," said Palin.

Neither Palin or Bolling mentioned that people are currently denied life-saving healthcare by insurance companies in the U.S.

Sources: MediaMatters.org, Wall Street Journal, Politifact.com


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