August 9th, 2009
02:48 PM ET
3 years ago

Dean on Palin’s health care claims: ‘She made that up’

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told CNN Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had deliberately made up charges that the Obama administration’s health care bill would lead to euthanasia.

“About euthanasia, they're just totally erroneous. She just made that up,” he said. “Just like the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ that she supposedly didn't support.

“There's nothing like euthanasia in the bill. I practiced medicine for a long time, and of course you have to have end of life discussions - the patients want that. There's nothing... euthanasia's not in this bill.”

Dean was referring comments Palin made late Friday in a post on her Facebook page. In her post, the former Republican vice presidential candidate said President Obama’s health care plan would create a “death panel” that would weigh whether her parents or son Trig were “worthy of health care.”

She discounted the administration’s view that the president’s plan would cut health care costs, saying the only path to lower costs 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."

Palin has mostly steered clear of interviews with reporters since leaving office last month. "Democracy depends on you. That is why our troops are willing to die for you," she told the media in her farewell speech. "So how about in honor of the American soldier, ya quit making things up?" She spent several days last week in New York, meeting with her book publisher.


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  1. Owen Foizen

    The Democrats should not add a single Republican amendment to any BILL unless 50% of the Republicans will vote for the bill.All bills should strip the Republican amendments if they do not get 50% of Republicans supporting it.
    By the way the Nit Wit from Alaska is a NOBODY.

    August 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  2. Buckeye4u

    When oh when will this Pathetic Palin just go away..I get so tired of reading about her half baked speeches....a 6th grader could do better. She is such a pathetic figure, how in the world would any woman be proud of her, let alone any man...

    August 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Big government like Medicare and the VA make people sick???? Then why do they not want these two very government run entities ended. Why do too many Americans not even realize that they already have government run medicine and that it may be the only answer for them to obtain medical care in the long term? Other countries with "socialized" medicine have higher life expectancies than we do. Do we not trust that our government might be able to at least bring us up from 50th in the world in that respect? This is crazy thinking. Palin and other republicans are just muddying the issue to score political points and take advantage of the racial distrust of the current president. Otherwise their followers are little more than "sheep".

    August 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. anti liberal

    What Linda Douglass SHOULD have been asked about Obama's Drudge report videos is this:

    IF that was a lie and pieces cut together to make Obama look like a socialist, please go ahead and give us the FULL TAPE of the incident.

    The problem is she can't. because HE DID promise the unions he would take over healthcare because its one thing they've been fighting employers over for years. They get their "cadillac" plans where non union employees get the plans the rest of us get.

    That includes, teachers, government employees, EVERY UNION.

    August 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. Lucille

    Thank you, Dr. Dean for setting Palin straight. She has done a lot of damage with her half truths. I will never understand why she became so popular with some seemingly bright people in the first place.

    August 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. ldk

    Have any of YOU actually read the bill or do YOU blindly believe what the politicians are telling you? How do you distinguish who's lying? The bill makes end of life care counseling mandatory for anyone on Medicare and shall be done every 5 years or more frequently if their condition worsens. Can you say slippery slope?

    August 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. GA, FL

    Way to go, Sarah Palin, spouting irresponsibly, feeding on fear and hate-mongering still.

    Mrs. Palin just might become even more virulent now that she does not have to behave with some minimum level of decorum expected of one who holds public office.

    She and the rest of the far right are like social arsonists.....starting fires, fanning flames and creating fear, thereby diverting focus and energy away from high-minded dialogue and equitable problem solving.

    August 9, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. TruthTeller

    Dear Republicans,
    Do not waste your time trying to post a comment. CNN will only allow negative opinions against Palin; selective posting to distort what
    the average Americans are feeling. They stack the deck 30-1 in favor of liberal rants with what they allow on their site. This is why their TV ratings are in the tank. The once powerful news organization is now an empty shell just like the rest of the mass media. Average Americans just want the facts, we are grown up enough to make our own decisions. Do they even realize why the Fox News audience is greater than MSNBC and CNN combined, and still growing? It's not conservative only news but view points from both sides. This is the problem with mainstream media, they treat us like children in elementary school. A Journalism Degree is easy to get unlike Engineering, Accounting, Jurisprudence, and Medical. Why do they think they are so smart? I'm probably wasting my time because CNN moderators will get their feeling hurt and ban this posting. I won't hold my breath.

    August 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  9. Candace Fort Bragg, NC

    Read the bill, it is all about euthanasia!

    August 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  10. Issano

    This lady is the great pretender...and the teller of tall tales. When you amke something up , means you LIE. She is missing a few pennies out of a dime.
    The Republi(cons) do not want health care reform because they did not craft the bill. Lets remember, the Democrats won the election. The racist party of America should just act like real Americans and wait for the next election.
    The Republican party are too extreme, reckless and unpatriotic!

    August 9, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  11. Ric in Pennsylvania

    Palin loves to play the victim, when in actuality, the stuff she spews is baseless, and she knows it's baseless. Then, when the truth comes out, and she's on defense because of her outlandish accusations, she does what??....she plays the victim! She knows the good people of this country love to support the underdog (victim), and it's there she gets cadre of supporters who throw $$ at her, and in turn she will spew more baseless nonsense. It's a vicious cycle, and the 20% of dummies who support her just lose more of their money. That's it in a nutshell. She loves the celebrity – has seen the bright lights of "stardom" and wants it to continue at others expense. Talk about your evil.

    August 9, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. eedy

    Iintroduce a bill to 'change' the coverage of those in Washington, DC, & stop the wasteless overspending & perks that little America pays for with no way to fight back except on election day only to have more of the same in the end.

    You don't see Congress telling us how they could save money by living like ordinary Americans & for everyone to have the same privileges & perks. Stop sweeping the real issues under the rug & lets stop the professional rhetoric which masks the real issues.

    August 9, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  13. T"SAH from Virginia

    This is why she QUIT the governor role!!! She wants to go FAR FAR AWAY to the RIGHT and she knows more than just the RIGHT put her in office....

    She's a QUITTER – she's acting just like the SHOUTERS and UNRULY RIGHTS at the town hall meetings... The purpose is to smudge everything the Obama administration is doing – thinking it would get them more votes.

    Sarah Palin is Ignorant and it shows every time she opens her @!#*! mouth!!!

    August 9, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Joyce from South Carolina

    The sad thing about Sarah Palin is that when she opens her mouth to spout her lies and bigotry, there are a lot of ignorant people who believe her.................and they vote...........pretty bad for America.

    August 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. NKB

    Conservative Republicans have a habit of trying to manipulate others with "FEAR", hoping enough people will fall for it and rush to them saying "Save Us", "Save Us". Hopefully enough people can see through this old game and have the common sense to really look for the "Truth" on their own. Do not rely on Anyone to fill you with "Lies". As they say, "Follow the Money Trail"... Who has the most to gain "$" by stopping Health Care Reform??? It's not the poor and underinsured!......It's "Big Insurance & Medical institutions...They have the "Power" to publish these Outlandish "Lies" and try to Scare people........It's all about $$$$$$$$$.

    August 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. @ Fred

    "Dramatizes a bit?" I think you mean a lot...

    August 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  17. owl

    Palin exceeded her level of competence when she was elected mayor of Wasilla. The mystery is why the 24-hr networks still cover anything she says. The answer to the mystery is that they will do anything to get viewers, even promulgate lying horror stories that mislead the public. The sad fact is that many people do not have the time or the ability to read and understand a complex issue like health care reform, so they turn to whoever shouts the loudest, like Palin, Hannity, Dobbs, and the King of Liars, Rush Limbaugh.

    Many of the people who come out to disrupt town meetings at the urging of these demagogues are either being manipulated by them or the radical fringe of the Republican Party. I almost feel sympathy for them; they are being used. Some of the others are angry because they are frightened by the idea of change. And, sadly, some are just racist bigoted wingnuts who can't accept the fact that a black man has been elected President. This last group is the one we should really worry about.

    August 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  18. Hypocracy is King in Washington D.C.

    When will ALL POLITICIANS begin to understand that the majority of Americans DO NOT want far left OR far right whackos telling us what to do. Dean has been every bit as bad as Palin. Americans rejected Dean some time ago and Palin is no longer a credible spokesperson for anyone. This healthcare bill is SCARY at best and inserted with numerous far left agenda items that need to be exposed.

    August 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  19. Theresa Wolf

    Dave G writes: "Even if there was such a thing as government "death panel", I would sooner stand in front of it than the insurance company "death panel" that we have now." So, so true! After dealing with insurance companies over my totaled car, I hate to think how hard they would work to deny me coverage for an expensive medical procedure!

    August 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. BaltarStar Galactica

    I read the bill. There is nothing there that "starts us on the path" of death panels. To all those people claiming they have read the bill, show me. Point me to the text. What page? I dare you to actually back your B.S. up with some facts.

    August 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Steven Richards

    Palin is border line nuts. She has never let facts or substantive thought get in her way in anything she says or writes. I am not even sure she has the brain power to make things up on her own.... she relies on the other flame throwing idiots on the far lunatic right to provide her crazy, factless talking points. And, the news media thinks this is worth printing. What a shame! America desparately needs a higher level of public discourse, or we are all doomed to accept the lowest common denominator as normal and rational.

    Steven Richards

    August 9, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. TnsOR

    And you don't think your healthcare decisions are made by a panel now? well no...sometimes just one person who's job is to make decisions that will profit the insurance company where they work...please! Until my state legislature passed a law changing things my son's autism spectrum disorder was disallowed for coverage...including medication needed to stem his over the top anxiety...please don't believe the rantings of this women and her over the top way of skewing things to frighten people...that is what her party is all about right now...instead of fear, give me a better answer than coverage for everyone and maybe I'll listen.

    August 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. it's our turn

    The air head is a lying dog. She isnt a real american what a clown.

    August 9, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. blindbear

    There you go again, Sarah. Using that poor kid as a political prop. Can't you try just being a mom for a while? You neglect your kids, abandon your job, and let your citizens down. Do I detect a pattern?

    Besides, didn't you think that euthanasia was a Japanese boy band?

    August 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Quinn - Houston, Texas

    I have to give it the GOP. No one can influence a group of people to fight AGAINST their own interests better than they can.

    The GOP has convinced people that a public OPTION is really a public MANDATE. Everyone will die, including grandma and Sarah Palin's kids if Obama has his way.

    I haven't seen such deception since Osama Bin Laden made a bunch of idiots believe that the quickest way to heaven was through a building on an airplane.

    August 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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