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Word: Of death panels and dingbats

Palin, Isakson and Obama, in their own words

In 2007, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson co-sponsored the Medicare End-of-Life Care Planning Act, which would expand Medicare's coverage of voluntary end-of-life counseling. Similar measures had been included in the current health care reform legislation.

"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 … whether they are worthy of health care.”

—    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, from an Aug. 7 Facebook entry

“Palin's website had talked about the House bill having death panels on it where people would be euthanized. How someone could take an end of life directive or a living will as that is nuts."

—    Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., from an Aug. 10 Washington Post interview

“The irony is that actually one of the chief sponsors of this bill originally was a Republican … Johnny Isakson from Georgia, who very sensibly thought this is something that would expand people’s options.”

—    Pres. Barack Obama, at an Aug. 11 town hall meeting in New Hampshire

“I never consulted with the White House in this process and had no role whatsoever in the House Democrats’ bill.”

—    Isakson, from an Aug. 11 press release

“He expressed alarm about the scare tactics being used by opponents of health insurance reform on this issue, and we applaud him for that.”

—    White House follow-up statement, in reference to Isakson