Sean Hannity just said those words on his show. Think about it. Sarah Palin said, "Death Panel" and the Left went nuts. Go to Memeorandum right now and you'll find the bile in full flow from The New York Times and Swampland who are ridiculing Conservatives for killing the section in the health care that referred to "end of life" provisions, but it wasn't just conservatives but a broad section of America that believed Sarah Palin when she talked about death panels and disbelieved the administration when they blew off citizen's concerns. Sarah Palin won.
On the one hand Obama said:
THE PRESIDENT: So that’s where I think you just get into some very difficult moral issues. But that’s also a huge driver of cost, right?
I mean, the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care bill out here.
LEONHARDT: So how do you — how do we deal with it?
THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think that there is going to have to be a conversation that is guided by doctors, scientists, ethicists. And then there is going to have to be a very difficult democratic conversation that takes place. It is very difficult to imagine the country making those decisions just through the normal political channels. And that’s part of why you have to have some independent group that can give you guidance. It’s not determinative, but I think has to be able to give you some guidance. And that’s part of what I suspect you’ll see emerging out of the various health care conversations that are taking place on the Hill right now.
On the other hand Sarah Palin took the comments of the President and others. in context, and said:
The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. 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.
The very people who have demonized Sarah Palin since the day it was announced that she would be John McCain's running mate heard her words and hit "the net" running. But Sarah Palin won. She stood by her words while the Left tried to claim that the President and other's words were taken out of context.
Sarah Palin won. It is a matter of trust.