Howard Dean admits Sarah Palin was right on ‘death panels’

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin can finally say “I told you so.” Critics of her claim that Obamacare would have death panels decide who would receive treatment are beginning to admit she was right.

Sean Hannity asked Palin on Tuesday about one former critic, ex-Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean, who recently said an advisory board will be serving the purpose of rationing healthcare services.

Dean’s admission appeared in a Wall Street Journal op-ed on Sunday:

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.

“I haven’t read his op-ed,” Palin said. “I haven’t wasted my time on it because I think that I, and others, wasted too much time listening to the liberal pundits a few years ago when they said that was the ‘biggest lie of the year,’ my claim that death panels were a part of Obamacare, and the rationing of heathcare services.”

Hannity said this is just another reminder of how the president misled the American people to get Obamacare passed.

“I guess I can say that I graciously appreciate Howard Dean acknowledging it, finally,” Palin said.

Watch the “Hannity” segment here:

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  • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ SarahPacRefunds

    How much longer can they keep a lid on what’s really going on with Sarah?

    • http://PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ SpyPalinExposedClickHere

      Not long, everyone’s leaking it…

  • gbeaven

    For those that voted for the unaffordable care act. You get what you deserve

    • Tim Sebold

      Unfortunately though, we’re ALL going to get what THEY deserve.

  • John Langston

    So Obama lie what is new, just hope you will not be turn down when you get sick.

  • labman57

    Palin’s ignorant “death panel” rant was in reference to the optional “living will” consultation that was to be funded under the ACA.

    ALL health coverage providers assess cost vs. need. Suggesting that this is unique to the ACA and that it is a contrived means of preventing certain types of medical treatments from being provided is simply more fear-mongering hyperbole from an ideological group that lacks a compelling argument based on reality.

    The closest example that you will find to a true death panel would be the bean counters in the private health insurance industry who deny coverage for potentially life-saving treatments under the guise that these expensive procedures are “experimental”.

    • http://whenfallsthecoliseum.com/author/kwatson/ megapotamus

      Actually it is Medicare and Medicaid that deny procedures on that basis. Not that there is anything wrong with that. The difference is with totalitarian Obamacare there will be no alternative if that funding is declined and of course everyone will have less money, less employment, less opportunity, less choice and less freedom. Other than that (and its illegaility), it’s awesome.

  • Gile Arkinon

    “Death panel” is a political term that originated during a 2009 debate about federal health care legislation to cover the uninsured in the United States. The term was first used in August 2009 by Sarah Palin, the former Republican Governor of Alaska, when she charged that the proposed legislation would create a “death panel” of bureaucrats who would decide whether Americans—such as her elderly parents or child with Down syndrome—were worthy of medical care. Palin’s claim, however, was debunked, and it has been referred to as the “death panel myth”[1] as nothing in any proposed legislation would have led to individuals being judged to see if they were “worthy” of health care.[2] Palin specified that she was referring to Section 1233 of bill HR 3200 which would have paid physicians for providing voluntary counseling to Medicare patients about living wills, advance directives, and end-of-life care options.

    Palin’s claim was reported as false and criticized by mainstream news media, fact-checkers, academics, physicians, Democrats, and some Republicans. Other prominent Republicans such as Newt Gingrich and conservative talk radio hosts Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh and Michelle Malkin backed Palin’s statement. One poll showed that after it spread, about 85% of Americans were familiar with the charge and of those who were familiar with it, about 30% thought it was true.[1] Due to public concern, the provision to pay physicians for providing voluntary counseling was removed from the Senate bill and was not included in the law that was enacted, the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In a 2011 statement, the American Society of Clinical Oncology bemoaned the politicization of the issue and said that the proposal should be revisited.

    For 2009, “death panel” was named as PolitiFact’s “Lie of the Year”, one of FactCheck’s “whoppers”, and the most outrageous term by the American Dialect Society.

  • Sean Maddox

    Make up your mind. Obama puts in a cost saving feature to reign in pork medicare spending, and now he is horrible. Yet some how at the same time, the conservative base is screaming about out of control government spending. This really does boil down to, I hate Obama because he is not a conservative – even though most his positions, including the ACA are historically conservative. Hilarious.

    Lastly, this is no different than what every other industry, including the health insurance industry, does to insure cost effectiveness. Conservatives, their hospital buddies, and the big pharma companies are just upset that the gravy train is coming to an end and they won’t get as much government pork as they want through an out of control Medicare program.

    So which party is the fiscally conservative party now?