HEALTH CARE

Palin: 'Death Panel' May Kill My Son

In her first communication since officially resigning as Alaska's governor (and just days after telling the media to quit "makin' things up"), Sarah Palin stated Friday on her Facebook page that health-care reform, or what Palin calls Obama's "death panel," may kill her infant son, Trig. “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,” Palin writes. Palin’s spokeswoman pointed to page 425 of the House Democrats’ bill when asked what Palin was referring to, which contains a section that refers to “advance-care planning consultation” for seniors, which includes voluntary discussions of living wills, power of attorney, or the decision to reject “extraordinary measures of life support.” The proposal, which has nothing to do with euthanasia, has been widely circulated by conservative critics of the administration as part of a false rumor that a health-care overhaul would pressure senior citizens into killing themselves. As for Palin's description of mandatory Sparta-style murder of Down syndrome babies, the paranoid vision doesn't match up with any component of any health-care plan being discussed.