Murkowski attacks Palin on “death panels”

Aug 12, 2009 1:44pm

My ABC News colleague Z. Byron Wolf has this update on the health care war of words:

The Republican Senator from Alaska blasted former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin for “making things up” and inciting fear about the Democrats’ health care proposals, particularly Palin’s assertion that a clause in one bill would create government-run “death panels.”

“I'll be honest with you," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-AK, according to a story in the Anchorage Daily News.    "There are things that are in this bill that are bad enough that we don't need to be making things up.”

That quote could be a jibe at Palin, who accused the media of “making stuff up” in her resignation speech.

There’s no love lost between these two Alaskan women. Palin unseated Murkowski’s father Frank from the governorship in 2006. And Murkowski was critical of Palin for stepping down from the governorship with time left in her term. 

It will be interesting to see what sort of reception Murkowski gets when she holds a health reform town hall in Palin’s home town of Wasila later this month.

Murkowski opposes the totality of Democrats’ health care bill and voted against one version in the Senate HELP committee. But she said Tuesday, according to the Daily News, that Palin is fearmongering when she uses the term “death panels” to refer to provisions in the bills to have Medicare cover end of life counseling for seniors.

"It does us no good to incite fear in people by saying that there's these end-of-life provisions, these death panels," Murkowski, said, according to the paper. "Quite honestly, I'm so offended at that terminology because it absolutely isn't (in the bill). There is no reason to gin up fear in the American public by saying things that are not included in the bill."

- Z. Byron Wolf

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