Obama on Death Panels: “It’s a Lie, Plain and Simple”


President Obama has a message for Sarah Palin, and other conservatives who have claimed, falsely, that Democratic health care reforms would create “death panels” for old people: Stop lying.

“Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost,” Obama said. “The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.”

That’s the clearest denunciation from the President of those who’ve engaged in the death panel smear, which was floated by Palin once again as recently as this week.


Brian Beutler is TPM's senior congressional reporter. Since 2009, he's led coverage of health care reform, Wall Street reform, taxes, the GOP budget, the government shutdown fight and the debt limit fight. He can be reached at brian@talkingpointsmemo.com