August 8th, 2009
12:43 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin: Obama’s ‘death panel’ would decide Trig’s care

On her final day in office, Republican expressed a range of views about Gov. Palin's political future.
On her final day in office, Republican expressed a range of views about Gov. Palin's political future.

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is accusing President Obama’s health care plan of looking to create a “death panel” that would weigh whether her parents or son Trig were “worthy of health care.”

"Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!" the former Alaska governor said in a post on her Facebook page late Friday.

In one of her first public policy statements since leaving office late last month, Palin discounted the administration’s view that the president’s plan would cut health care costs. The only path to lower costs, she said, was less treatment.

"And who will suffer the most when they ration care?" she wrote. "The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. 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."

Conservatives - including Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who Palin references in her post - have pointed to a provision in the House health care bill that calls for “advance care planning consultation.” The measure would make available to individuals the option of a consultation with a medical provider who would explain “advance care planning,” if they have not met with a senior medical practitioner within the previous five years. These sessions would be an optional benefit, and would not be mandatory under the legislation.

During these consultations, the doctor would answer questions about care, suggest other professionals to speak with, and offer an explanation of the legal definitions of living wills, powers of attorney and the role of a health care proxy. The doctor would also provide a list of national and state resources devoted to assisting individuals and families with advance care planning; inform people of existing end-of-life services like hospice care, and what sorts of financial benefits are available to help them take advantage of that support; and explain the meaning of different orders that relate to life-sustaining treatment.

The White House has not commented on Palin’s statement, which also takes aim at bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Palin spent most of the past week in New York City with her family, sightseeing and meeting with her book publisher.


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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. Happy Paul

    Same old republican tactics. They never debate, they never offer solutions, they just come up with bald faced lies like "Obama is coming to murder my children." This nonsense combined with the fake outrage of the Tea Baggers and Birthers who do nothing but shout down people who are interested in improving things shows what a dead end group this is. I still hold out hope that one day they will grow up and join the rest of America in taking responsibility for making things better.

    August 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. dada

    Blahblah using the bible for the wrong reasons.holier than thou.atleast Obama is trying not like u and the rest of the Robert Mugabe led republican party and warmongering team .some of us t praying that republicans should not see the Whitehouse for the next 16 yrs.Hillary Clinton will be the first woman president in America .we are still praying that God should not allow your dividing attitude to succeed

    August 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. AJ

    Death Panel? This contention is so typically Republican that it would be laughable if so many didn't actually believe it. Once again a Republican doesn't have the intelligence to come up with anything substantial and resorts to fear mongering and once again, the republican sheep will listen. What a disgrace.

    August 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. john jablonskie

    look who's always the first one to bring her family into the dialogue yet always whining to leave her family out of it.

    August 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Angry Vet

    Sarah darling, where did you get the comic book version of the healthcare bill? So far, there are multiple version of health care reform and none have made it into law. So, again, were do you get this MISINFORMATION? As a leader, I would think you would consider the consquences of your actions and take statesmanlike actions. We have to solve this together, but so far, you have not proposed a solution to any of the problems facing this country. Please go back to Alaska.

    August 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Justin Ramos

    And she left out World Peace.

    August 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. Mickie

    Does this woman ever know what she is talking about? She is woefully uninformed and wouldn't know the truth it it hit her in the face.

    August 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  8. Josh

    What a whack job! There is no such thing as a death panel. Once again Palin looks like a fool.

    August 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  9. John Magnusson

    Why is the media still covering this wanabe. She has had 15 minutes fame. Her opinion is no more valid or substantial than anybody on the street. Let her die in peace.

    August 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. dfl

    Caribou Barbie and the entire GOP should stop fearmongering and spreading lies about Obama's health plan.

    August 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Jackson

    This might be the most ridiculous claim I have ever heard. Where does she get her info?

    August 8, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  12. TW

    Well, there ya go again, Sarah!

    You have constantly whined and moaned about the media hounding your family and kids, but you seem to have no problem again thrusting them into the limelight when it fits your political agenda.

    Please go away, Sarah. This country has had enough of you!

    August 8, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. Kaycie

    Shouldn't this headline read, "Sarah Palin Spreads Lies Regarding the Nation's Proposed Health Care Plan"?

    August 8, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. michael danish

    why wont this woman just go away. palin and bachmann are making up garbage and using the same republican tactic of fear. we did not vote for palin in 2008, why is she still talking. sarah, just go stare at russia from your house.

    August 8, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Jean

    Here I thought we had heard the end of this Palin thing, I wonder why she don't go soak her head in a lake?

    August 8, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Bill B. Nancy,KY

    How can anyone be this delusional? What a stupid person Silly Sarah is!

    August 8, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. reality

    Oh, Sarah. When will you actually have something substantive to say instead of just using your tired melodramatic and/or folksy rhetoric to incite the masses? As a woman, a Christian, and a mother, I am disgusted by you and weary of your presence in the media spotlight. Please shut up, go home, and do something productive, like actually BE a mother to your children.

    August 8, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  18. larry

    More brainless words from sarah palin and the gop in general ,your party lost why dont you get this picture the american people dont like your protecting the mega health care and hmo corperations politics at the expense of middle class and poorer americans. you republicans fool no one just yourselfs .

    August 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. F.McCallum

    I live in Canada and it great that when I get sick I don't have to worry if I have the money to be treated. Also considering who said the above comment, all I can say is I glad she did not become Vice President.

    August 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  20. William Spivey

    Will somebody stick a sock in this Lipstick Pig's mouth, please. She is such a stupid person. Her mother should have drowned her at birth.

    August 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  21. Liam Danhof

    Besides being one of the worlds dumpest people this women can't even read.

    August 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  22. Scott

    Palin is scary, and continues to show what a bad choice McCain made in selecting her for his VP candidate. Honest discourse on legitimate problems becomes impossible when idiots like Palin make dumb and inaccurate statements. Grow up, GOP.

    August 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  23. Kevin Mahmalji

    This is a complete joke! Sarah Palin has no idea what she is talking about when it comes to health care reform. She is reading republican talking points. These words and phrases are being shared by other GOP leaders to scare Americans. These mobs that are disrupting our Town Hall meetings and our democracy feed off of this divisive, fear mongering rhetoric. We deserve an honest discussion about health care reform.

    August 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    She obviously doesn't comprehend the word "optiional" or "consultation". Besides, I seriously doubt that she has health insurance problems like the rest of us do.

    August 8, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. DarthVader

    Enough is enough. Just stop covering her. As FactCheck.org points out, this crap that she and other Republicans are pushing is simply a lie. Sarah Palin is a liar. Why not do a much more forceful piece on the legislation instead of pushing this tabloid trash?

    August 8, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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