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Sarah Palin Claims, Again, Obamacare Creates "Death Panels"

| by Michael Allen

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to issue a ruling on the Affordable Care Act [Obamacare] this week, former half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin went on Facebook on Monday to resurrect her claim it created “death panels.”

Palin wrote: “I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say."

Three years ago, Palin said on Facebook that health care reform would establish government-run boards to determine whether seniors and the disabled should receive health care.

PolitiFact called Palin's claim “the lie of the year.”

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Palin added: “Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding."

In her latest post, Palin claimed she was referring to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a fifteen-member agency that recommends how to achieve Medicare savings. The board does not determine treatment options for individuals.

Palin wrote: “Its purpose all along has been to ‘keep costs down’ by actually denying care via price controls and typically inefficient bureaucracy. This subjective rationing of care is what I was writing about in that first post.”