Death panels

term used by Sarah Palin to describe commissions of bureaucrats, who would have decided whether Americans—such as her elderly parents or children with Down syndrome—were "worthy of medical care", after ACA law approval

Death panels are hypothetical committees that would ration medical care; they were at the center of the healthcare reform controversy in the United States in 2009.


  • We had been told there were no ‘death panels’ in the bill...But look closely at the provision mandating bureaucratic panels that will be calling the shots regarding who will receive government health care.
    • Sarah Palin, ex-Governor of Alaska, Facebook, Nov. 7, 2009.

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