A Florida GOP official called a crowd of town hall attendees "children" when they started booing false claims he made about Obamacare, the Hill reports.
Pasco County GOP secretary Bill Akins said the Affordable Care Act had a provision that "anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel" during a town hall meeting held by Rep. Gus Bilirakis in New Port Richey, Fla.
Akins’ claim, according to Politifact, a fact-checking website, is untrue.
Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin in 2008 first came up with the term "death panels," referring to a proposed plan by Democrats where, for the first time, Medicare would pay for optional doctors' appointments for patients to discuss living wills, health care directives and other end-of-life issues.
"The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course," Palin said in a Facebook post in 2009. "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."
Akins on Saturday echoed Palin’s statement and boos from the crowd ensued immediately. Some called Akins a liar.
"They do," he said, amid the boos. "Yes, they do. It's in there folks. You're wrong."
When the booing didn't stop, Akins called the crowd children.
"OK, children; all right, children," he added.
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