Petition to Republican Leadership

Reject Palin's Lies on Health Care Reform

Yesterday, Governor Sarah Palin posted a statement on her Facebook page on health care reform. The statement contained few facts - and was instead, a largely fictional account of the health care bill in Congress.

In her post, Palin wrote:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s "death panel" so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their "level of productivity in society," whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil.
 [Emphasis added.]
There is nothing like this in the health care bill, PERIOD. This kind of fear-mongering is shameful. Republican lawmakers should disavow these kinds of remarks, and return to an open, honest debate on the actual bill in Congress.


Media Matters' fact-check on Foxx's speech:

The Democratic Legislation Actually Provides Professional Guidance For Seniors' Difficult Decisions - NOT To Encourage Euthanasia Like other Republicans before her, Sarah Palin is likely basing her statement on a clause in the House bill guaranteeing seniors free counseling to help them with complex decisions.

"Advance Care Planning Consultation" Would Provide Seniors With Professional Advice On Will Preparation, Power Of Attorney, And Other Complicated Issues. reported: "Indeed, Sec. 1233 of the bill, labeled 'Advance Care Planning Consultation' details how the bill would, for the first time, require Medicare to cover the cost of end-of-life counseling sessions. According to the bill, 'such consultation shall include the following: An explanation by the practitioner of advance care planning, including key questions and considerations, important steps, and suggested people to talk to; an explanation by the practitioner of advance directives, including living wills and durable powers of attorney, and their uses; an explanation by the practitioner of the role and responsibilities of a health care proxy.'" [, 7/16/09]