August 10th, 2009
07:54 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin urges restraint at town hall meetings

 Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.
Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.

(CNN) - Despite Sarah Palin's suggestion that President Obama's health care plan will institute "death panels" to evaluate elderly and disabled citizens - a claim that was quickly debunked - her latest message to the public is a bit more conciliatory.

Posting once again on her Facebook page - the former Alaska governor's recent soapbox of choice - Palin on Sunday called on critics of the health care plan to turn down the volume.

"There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment," Palin wrote.

Palin, the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee, was presumably referring to reform critics who have shouted down members of Congress at several town halls around the country over the last week.

House Minority Leader John Boehner and a handful of other GOP leaders have defended the angry reaction at some of the forums.

"Such tactics diminish our nation's civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters' passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying," Palin wrote. "Let's not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us."


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  1. Anger management

    Sarah stop it! you people are filled with such anger. Health care for all Single payor is not dead! Watch!

    August 10, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. T

    oh god she is such a drama queen who loves the attention of being crazy and yet rational at the same time.

    August 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Sandra

    Did somebody get a phone call from a lawyer? This woman has told so many lies that have "led to intimidation or harassment" that she should be worried about the legal consequences of her behavior. Now that she is out of office, she doesn't have government lawyers and aides to protect her.

    August 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Zach

    Sarah Palin makes me ashamed to be an Alaskan. Despite what you all might think – Stevens, Young, Murkowski, Palin – we aren't all crazy.

    August 10, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  5. LiLa

    Maybe Palin could lead the way by admitting that she's wrong about the so-called "death panel" she railed about last week.

    August 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. JOBLESS IN IOWA

    Why be restrained, these elected officials work for us, we are their employers so if they dont do their job and listen to their employer, THEN WE SHOULD FIRE THEM. Its the Obama and Democrates agenda to destroy your life and create the Obama Socialistic Republic of Non-America.

    Fire Them All If They Dont Listen To You As Their Employer.

    August 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Gpenn

    This is too rich. Palin has time and time again helped insite this kind of madness and now she says use restraint. Where was her restraint when she was all but calling Obama a terrorist? Where was her restraint when she just threw out that last lie about death panels killing her son? What a joke she is. Next time Palin why don't you think before you open your mouth and try some restraint of your own.

    August 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Alicia

    What the heck?! I enjoyed this morning AM Fix with Mr. Reagan.

    He said it best 'Why does anyone cover her? Just put a red nose and big shoes on her.'.

    She is just a hate mongering racist. She puts that lunatic comment on her Twatter page and then has the nerve to say this?

    August 10, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  9. Keith in CA

    She can start by using some retraint herself, such as a straight-jacket...and a muzzle.

    August 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. Brad

    You know that this has gotten out of hand when Sarah Palin almost looks like a moderate.

    August 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. george NGANGA

    Gosh! You know u have gone over the top when Palin scoffs at u! This is the same 'paling around with terrorist' queen. I am very afraid of what comes from her mouth next.
    Remember she said obama wants to kill her baby?

    August 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Joe

    was encouraging them until the news went bad

    August 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Cathy Reid

    This woman is dangerous. She loves to incite people. I thought we had evolved past that type of actions. I guess not she loves to start trouble.
    Palin, please please go home and shut your dirty mouth.

    August 10, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Ignorant repubs!

    I'm shocked, if it were democrats...she'd be calling them terrorists as these idiots that are disrupting these meetings actually are! DOMESTIC TERRORISTS! If they want to "protest" there are legal ways of doing that, but they've chosen to ignore that and cause civil disruption of meetings that are meant to be PRODUCTIVE, not filled with hate and flat out ignorance!

    August 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. a health economist

    wait a minute, isn't that going against what other GOP leaders are saying about how that would be against the freedom of speech these "deeply concerned citizens" have?

    But in all seriousness I'm extremely glad Palin said "...we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment,"

    So here are some issues that need discussing: having absolutely no rationing of care whatsoever is economically infeasible, providing some level of care to all citizens provides a healthier more productive workforce that reduces uncompensated ER care, any insurance (especially health insurance) functions under principals of socialism, a single payer system gives consumers (i.e. patients) the most bargining power and allows them to dictate prices set by producers (i.e. health care providers).

    Discuss...

    August 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. Deborah

    I belive thewone fact people seem to be overlooking is that insurance companies are for FOR profit companies and they are not philanthropic - any overhaul of the system will require that to be taken into consideration. I was listening to NPR over the weekend and a guest was a former Aetna (I believe) employee, who has retired. It was very interesting and sad. He was discussing some of the worst cases he had become aware of - patients being denied surgeries, procedures, etc. since it was decided by the insurance company that it would be too costly, and they tried to not have to pay. The patients he discussed ultimately died. I understand our health care system is very involved, and there are so many horror stories of good people who have been screwed by the insurance companies - and our current system allows this to occur. The far right crazies need to look into the mirror and ask if they want to be part of the solution or will continue to be part of the problem.

    August 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Zach

    How ironic after using language like "death panels" and saying Obama's health plan with basically kill people with Down syndrome- that kind of outrageous language stirs up the hostile reaction at the town hall meetings- Sarah Palin has no credibility and is a huge hypocrite- I pray she will never be elected to anything ever again- God help us all if she is.

    August 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. John

    Wow...I'm speechless. Something rational from Sarah Palin's mouth (fingertips)?

    I am no fan of hers, but it's good to hear her talking sense for once.

    August 10, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Susan in Arkansas

    Someone from the Rebublican party must have talked to Ms. Palin, since she isn't wise enough or smart enough to ask folks to calm down on her own. This is not her style, but for whatever reason, thank goodness she finally said something rational. I watched part of the town meeting with Senator Claire McCaskill. It was nice to see the crowd from Missouri behaving in a thoughtful and constructive manner. What I don't understand was seeing the number of "white hairs" showing such concern. Medicare isn't going anywhere, with the exception of those ridiculous Advantage programs. Do folks truly understand that, not only are they paying premiums from their social security allotment, but the Federal Government (that's you and me, folks) are also paying the insurance companies who participate in these plans? My husband has Medicare and a cost effective tie-in plan, and we have never paid a dime for any of his medical care. Seems there are just too many people who don't understand the particulars in the health care reform bill.

    August 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  20. carowe

    Maybe before claiming that there is anything outrageous in it, she should read it. Otherwise her claims are empty, just like many of the yahoos who are shreiking and bellowing about the plan. They haven't read it either, they are just following marching orders from their Limbags and Fauxes.

    August 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  21. Mike Sk

    The leader of the MOB speaks! In Sarah's America all those in the MOB must obey you betcha!

    August 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  22. Carmelle

    She should have thought about that before she tried to put the house on fire with her death panel craziness!!!

    August 10, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  23. Nick

    She runs hot and cold, doesn't she?

    August 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  24. Julie

    I find myself strangling agreeing with Sarah on this one. All the screaming and yelling have not allowed citizens to ask their questions or get answers to their questions. And with all the aggressive protesting closing down townhall meetings, I wonder how many great suggestions and ideas on how to reform our healthcare system were missed in the melee. People need to start acting like adults, come together to peacefully and thoughtfully discussion concerns, options, and new ideas to improve healthcare access, delivery, and costs. One such discussion that needs to take place is the one on personal responsibility for your own health. Self inflicted health problems are draining our healthcare funds and people need to start changing their behavior as well. Not a pleasant topic but one that needs to be discussed.

    August 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Thom Zimmerman

    Evidentially she needs to choose her words more wisely because she has constantly made incorrect or inflammatory comments that really get her followers in a uproar and brings out anger and hatred from her speeches.

    August 10, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
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