Palin Gives New Life to 'Death Panels'

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports:

Sarah Palin is bringing "death panels" back to life.

Three months after creating a firestorm with a widely debunked claim that President Obama's plans could leave her son with Down syndrome's fate decided by a "death panel," Palin is again raising the specter of "death panels" in arguing against Democrats' health care plans.

In a posting on her Facebook page late Saturday, Palin, R-Alaska, said the fact that the House adopted an amendment barring the use of public funds for abortions shows that Democrats weren't being honest when they assured the public that abortions wouldn't be covered under the bill.

Palin added: "We had been told there were no 'death panels' in the bill either. But look closely at the provision mandating bureaucratic panels that will be calling the shots regarding who will receive government health care."

At a speech Friday night in front of a gathering of abortion opponents in Wisconsin, Palin didn't say "death panels." But she left the same impression in saying that if policy-makers don't value the life of a child in a womb, "perhaps the same mind-set applies to other persons."

"And what about the child who perhaps isn't deemed normal or perfect per someone's subjective measure of their use or questionable purpose in the eyes of a panel of bureaucrats making our health care decisions for us," Palin said, according to Politico's Jonathan Martin, who was at the event.

A Palin spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Democrats are teeing off over the fact that Palin is bringing "death panels" back into the discussion, after non-partisan fact-checkers have repeatedly rejected such claims:

"The only demise she hastens with her outrageous fear-mongering, extremist rhetoric and right-wing regressive positions is that of a viable Republican Party going into 2010 and beyond," said Hari Sevugan, a spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.
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