August 11th, 2009
03:57 PM ET
5 years ago

Cafferty: Are you interested in Palin's views on health care reform?

 Join the conversation on Jack's blog.
Join the conversation on Jack's blog.

(CNN)–First she called Pres. Obama's health care plan "evil" and said it would create "death panels." Now Sarah Palin is urging restraint at town hall meetings.

In comments on her Facebook page, the former governor of Alaska (who quit in the middle of her first term) says there are many "disturbing details" in the health care bill, but that "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 suggests the disruptive protests "diminish our nation's civil discourse", and says opponents shouldn't give supporters of health care reform any reason to criticize them.

This is the same woman who a few days ago was spreading a false claim that Pres. Obama would force the elderly and disabled to appear before a "death panel." She said a group of bureaucrats would get to decide whether people like her parents and her son, who has Down Syndrome, could get health care.

There's no such provision in the bill. Gee, do you suppose she didn't read it? Rather, a House committee passed a provision that would let Medicare reimburse seniors who want counseling on end-of-life issues. Once again, Sarah Palin's version of reality is at odds with reality.

Whatever the reason, Palin backed down. See, she wasn't getting much support. Several Republican governors distanced themselves from her, either refusing to comment or saying Palin could "speak for herself." Not exactly the way to build that right-of-center coalition she keeps talking about.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. Jake

    Why would I be interested in her health care views!? are you kidding me!?
    What's her solution? Pray to Jesus for healthcare and he will provide?

    August 11, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    As much as a hole in the head!

    August 11, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Mississippi Man

    No

    August 11, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  4. Andrew

    People stopped caring about what Sarah Palin thinks, long before all this heal care reform debate.

    August 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. HBO

    In a word, NO!

    August 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. YellowShark

    Palin is a right-wing attack dog. I have no interest in what she has to say, until she begins speaking in constructive tones about the problems and the solutions, rather than boiling things down into stupidly trite statements like "Wouldja quit makin' things up?"

    August 11, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Kate in SW Fla

    No

    August 11, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  8. geecee

    I am not interested in Sarah Palin's views on ANYTHING! She is getting more stupid or more crazy (I don't know which) by the week. Wish she would just go away. She contributes absolutely nothing to civil discourse. Who is she trying to kid? She stokes the fires of fear and hatred in her mob mentality supporters, then thinks she can put out the fires with a little bit of spit. She's useless, a quitter, dumb and boring. I'll never forget the things she said about President Obama during the campaign. Truly hateful.

    August 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Donald from SC

    Jack,

    when will the media start calling Palin for what she is:

    A liar and a hypocrite!

    August 11, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Ryan

    While the end-of-life provision is being overblown, the issue at concern is that one of the "number of years" that a patient has left to enjoy the outcome of a procedure would be considered in the cost-benefit assessment. This is what caused the scare. If you have less years left to live, the benefit for a given procedure is less than it would be for a younger person, and therefore, you would be less likely to be granted the procedure.

    I;m actually on the fence with this, it seems on one side reasonable, and on the other completely cruel.

    August 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. anonymous

    I'm not interested in Sarah Palin or anything she has to say. Her views are 99% of the time innacurate and meant to incite hatred and fear. Quit reporting on her. Then maybe we will get lucky and she'll go away!

    August 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Vets4Obama

    Sure I am. Her success record in her family alone can teach us a huge lesson in what NOT to do. Apply it to everything she say's, then do the opposite, and I think we would fix all the problems in the world, including world hunger, peace on earth, the meaning of life, and lost car key's.

    August 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. wasabe kid

    This gal has only a casual relationship with the truth. In her mind, if people clap when you say it, then it must be true.

    August 11, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. bozo the obama

    probably more than any view of anything that jack cafferty has because of his political hatreds.

    August 11, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    I think this woman has simply went too far in calling this a death panel. Thats all that comes out of this womans mouth is hate. Do you really want someone like this in the white house? I suppose she has got Newt picked for vice president.

    August 11, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  16. A Canadian Bogeyman

    Anything Sarah Palin says, I want to hear..

    August 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. MCD, SF, CA

    Not interested in Sarah Palin's views on ANYTHING!

    August 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Sam I Am

    I am interested in her comments for the comedy factor. Interested in her comments as thoughtful, educated, and relevant discourse? I'd rather watch paint dry.

    August 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  19. rice, bryan

    you can put any credibility into anything that this person has to say. she is just like any of the other gop'er. doom, and gloom, then when the polls show that it didn't work, then back track.she is one of the scariest politicians i have ever heard speak.

    August 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. Big Ed

    Let's see...do I want to hear the views of a chronic complainer,a liar, a secessionist, a two faced psychotic quitter? Hmmmm. Thanks, but no thanks.

    August 11, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. Moderate Democrat

    I would be...but I fear she would get to the really important part......and then suddenly quit.

    August 11, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. REG in AZ

    To expect sincerity and honesty from Sarah Palin is a stretch and then to think she has any qualification to provide insightful information, well there is nothing in her history to indicate she could or would.

    August 11, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. JD in Montana

    I couldn't be less interested. She's useless in all aspects.

    August 11, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. John Fitpatrick

    Sarah Palin needs to take a bow and get off the national stage. Lectures about the evils of Socialism from a former governor of Alaska (state motto: Here's your share of the state's oil revenue just for living here.) are just too much hypocrisy to swallow.

    John
    Troy, NY

    August 11, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Doug

    I am more interested in her opinion than I am the opinion of Jack Cafferty.

    August 11, 2009 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
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