Palin, Obama Duel over 'Death Panels'

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin used the term "death panels" a few weeks ago to describe government-run health care, and continued those claims in a recent Wall Street Journal opinion column.

Now, President Obama is firing back.

Palin expressed concern that health care reform would lead to rationing, which could lead to government bureaucrats making "end of life" decisions for the sick and elderly.

Tuesday, in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Palin continued those claims, saying the "Democrats' proposals would still empower un-elected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters."

President Obama fired back at Palin during his prime-time speech on health care, Wednesday night.

"The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens," Obama said.  "Such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical and irresponsible.  It is a lie, plain and simple."

Soon after, Palin posted a response via her profile on the social networking site, Facebook, which she has used to make political comments before.

"He called these concerns 'bogus,' 'irresponsible,' and 'a lie' -- so much for civility," she wrote.  "After all the name-calling, though, what he did not do is respond to the arguments we’ve made, arguments even some of his own supporters have agreed have merit."

CBN News spoke with Mark Mostert, a disability and bioethics expert from Regent University about the recent comments by both Palin and Obama.  Click play for his comments.

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