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Sarah Palin wades back into the 'death panel' debate

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(Read caption) In this 2008 file photo, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin campaigns in Missouri. On the eve of Obama's historic speech to a joint session of congress – and in the midst of a heated national debate on healthcare – Sarah Palin is again raising the specter of 'death panels.'

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Old rumors die hard.

Not a month ago, some conservatives were stoking fears that President Barack Obama planned to "pull the plug on grandma" -- a gross distortion of the healthcare reform proposal backed by the White House.

The "death panel" myths were eventually debunked. But a poll conducted by Pew Research at the end of August found that 86 percent of respondents had heard of the “death panel” controversy. Of those people, 30 percent said it was true.

Now, on the eve of Obama's historic speech to a joint session of congress -- and in the midst of a heated national debateon healthcare -- Sarah Palin is again raising the specter of "death panels."

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