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NO BASIS TO CLAIMS ABOUT 'DEATH PANELS'

The statement

"The claim … that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens … is a lie, plain and simple"

President Obama on Wednesday

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The ruling: TRUE

The president was referring to a notion most prominently raised by former Alaska Republican Gov. Sarah Palin in a note posted on her Facebook page Aug. 7. "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," Palin wrote. We have read all 1,000-plus pages of the Democratic bill and examined versions in various committees. There is no panel in any version of the health care bills in Congress that judges a person's "level of productivity in society" to determine whether someone is "worthy" of health care. When we first assessed Palin's claim on Aug. 7, 2009, we gave it our lowest rating — Pants on Fire. Nothing has emerged to suggest to us that the death panels claim is any more true today than it was when Palin first floated it. In our book, that counts as a "lie, plain and simple." So we find Obama's claim True.

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