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The history of the death panels saga

July 16: Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, falsely claims that the bill requires seniors to undergo counseling "that will tell them how to end their life sooner."

July 23: Republican House leader John Boehner: Medicare provision in the House bill "may start us down a treacherous path toward government-encouraged euthanasia if enacted into law."

July 28: Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.: Republicans oppose putting "seniors in a position of being put to death by their government."

Aug. 7: Sarah Palin: "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 ... whether they are worthy of health care." Aug. 9: Republican Newt Gingrich: "You are asking us to trust turning power over to the government, when there are clearly people in America who believe in establishing euthanasia, including selective standards."

Aug. 12: Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, at a town hall meeting: "We should not have a government program that determines you're going to pull the plug on Grandma."

Sept. 9: President Barack Obama, in a major speech on health care, on "bogus claims" about reform efforts: "The best example is the claim ... 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."

Nov. 7: Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass.: "You know, GOP used to stand for Grand Old Party. Now it stands for Grandstand, Oppose, and Pretend. They grandstand with phony claims about nonexistent death panels. They oppose any real reform." The same day, the House votes in favor of health care legislation, 220-215.

Nov. 17: Sarah Palin on "death panels": The phrase is "a lot like when President Reagan used to refer to the Soviet Union as the 'evil empire.' He got his point across. He got people thinking and researching what he was talking about. It was quite effective. Same thing with the 'death panels.' I would characterize them like that again, in a heartbeat."

The history of the death panels saga 12/19/09 [Last modified: Sunday, December 20, 2009 1:30pm]
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