August 14th, 2009
06:22 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin warns of 'disturbing' health care rationing

Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan.
Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan.

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan, penning yet another Facebook message that accuses the administration of misleading the public about its true goals.

In a lengthy, annotated post, the former Alaska governor claims victory for the Senate Finance Committee's decision to remove a provision creating end-of-life consultations from its draft legislation. Palin wrote last week that such a measure would establish "death panels" to evaluate elderly and infirm members of society - a claim that has been repeatedly debunked and even criticized by fellow Republicans.

"It's gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress," Palin wrote late Thursday. "However, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones."

She writes that the plan making its way through Congress will "inevitably" lead to health care rationing. Pointing to an essay co-written earlier this year by White House health care adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel - the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - Palin claims the president wants to enact a rationing system that would "refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential."


Palin said she suspects the president favors such a system because he "has not yet stated any opposition" to that essay, but she offers no documentation that such a plan is actually included in the legislation being crafted in the House or Senate. Dr. Emanuel - an oncologist who studies end-of-life issues - told The Washington Times Thursday that he used to favor health care rationing, but no longer does.

Palin goes on to accuse the president of supporting a single-payer system, something he said as a state senator in 2003, but never mentioned during his presidential campaign or time in the White House.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee concludes her Facebook post by attacking the cost of health care reform, which she said will only deepen the country's debt and force the president to raise taxes. "Health care is without a doubt a complex and contentious issue, but health care reform should be a market oriented solution," she writes.

The Democratic National Committee responded to Palin's most recent treatise with a point-by-point rebuttal of what they called her "absurd" claims that the government wants to create "death panels" and ration care for the elderly.

"It's always hard to walk away from the table when you're losing," said DNC spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine. "So, instead, Sarah Palin is tripling down on what independent organizations have ruled is without question a losing hand."


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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Eleanor

    Not true. Besides, there can't be enough people in the U.S. that support euthanasia. Because it is wrong.

    August 14, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  2. I can see Canada from my house!

    The problem with Palin and the other opponants of the reform legislation is that they don't HAVE to offer a solution: they just have to whip up hysteria that is the result of a shift in power away from corporations. The shift is long overdue, but I would like to know where these people were when our civil liberties were being gutted in the name of national security? Seems as though they were perfectly fine with that.

    August 14, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Andrew, Buffalo NY

    How can their not be some rationing under Obama's plan? When you cut 500 BILLION from Meidcare (15% of the budget), how can you not have rationing or longer waits??

    It doesn't make any sense, please use logica on this one!

    August 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  4. bearced

    Why do so many people believe all the lies coming from opponents to healthcare reform. Although neither side has been completely above board the scare tactic lies coming from the opponents should be enough to convince people that they have no rational reasonable grounds for opposing reform. If the lies were not enough, what about all the screaming at town hall meetings? The way I was brought up is if you have to scream to get people to listen then you are not saying anything that has merit. It is based on a philosophy of he who screams the loudest must be right. I don't think so.

    August 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  5. TangledThorns

    Sarah Palin is amazingly surprising. She uses facts, not rhetoric and that has the Left in retreat. She defeated the Democrats Cap & Tax plan with one op-ed. Now she is doing the same to the shady health care plan from her Facebook page alone. No politician in history is equal to what Sarah is capable and is why she'll claim the White House in 2012.

    August 14, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  6. vic nashville , Tn

    Palin’s true goal is attack Obama

    They don’t care about us they have only one goal attack Obama

    August 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. makesUwonder

    I'm with Palin on this one!

    August 14, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. worriedmom

    Whatever it takes, keep the word out there. congress needs to start listenng to the people. It is amazing that Pelosi and gang call Insurance Co's "evil Mongers" and "villians" but they sure have no problem putting money in their campaign pockets from these people. Just the typical Lib, have to call someone a name!!

    August 14, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. Bob

    The truth of the matter is that health care is already rationed by insurance companies with a motive for profit. I fail to see how having care rationed by a government employee charged with maximizing benefit to the public would be worse than having care rationed by an insurance company employee charged with maximizing return to shareholders.

    August 14, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  10. Kevin

    My insurance company taught me all about rationing.

    August 14, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  11. Sam

    Sarah, Be part of the solution (not the problem), if you don't like solution presented to you.

    August 14, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  12. Mari McCarthy

    Health Care is already rationed – by the corporations that provide the insurance, and by the pay checks of the folks that need the medical attention. Since the health care industry is exempt from anti-trust regulations, they collude on both services offerred and pricing. And the only group that they are responsible to is thier share holders. And if you are a working American trying to buy your own health insurance, you are limited by co-pays, referrals, and pre-existing conditions. America – don't kid your self – health care is heavily rationed – those that can pay cash get the goods – those that cannot, don't!

    August 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  13. CONNECTICUT CITIZEN

    I Want the government to "KEEP IT'S COTTON PICKING HANDS OUT OF MY PERSONAL BUSINESS AND MY HEALTH CARE" No way, no how do I want anyone telling ME when I can see a Dr., which Dr. I can see, AND What kind of treatment is for me. NO WAY. Leave the Doctor business to the Doctors. Stay OUT of their business, and STAY OUT of the pharmasutical business as well. I don't know WHO is propelling this project BUT he better think twice before trying to JAM it down my throat. There are a lot of us VOTERS who are satisfied with our health care just as it is. LEAVE US ALONE. GO RE-DUCE THE NATIONAL DEBT and GET US OUT OF THE WAR ZONES.

    August 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. stormerF

    Get them Sara.. Let them know that every country that has Government run health care has Rationing,every one of them..... They also have $8.00 a gallon gasoline,and a VAT tax on every thing you buy,thats 17% more added to everything you buy,and they say they did not raise Taxes on the middle -class?..They raised taxes on every one.
    In Italy if you have a radio in your car you pay a tax,if you own a TV set you pay a tax,So if you want to pay more taxes on everything get on board for a health care bill,that is not in final draft and watch what the politicians add. Need I remind you of the AIG bonuses,still being paid?

    August 14, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. sunshine

    it's ovious palin cares nothing at all for the millions and millions of Americans that have NO insurance and NO hope of ever having any insurance, it's time America for every American to have proper medical care, good luck Mr. President.

    August 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  16. Steve

    Read the recent Time article on Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel to understand how Palin is misrepresenting his essay.

    August 14, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. Vinny, CO

    I may not support Palin but why is everyone irked by this? I suspect there is some truth to this. Why was some provision that was related to end-of-life couseling removed from one of the bills (or supposedly).

    August 14, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  18. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Republicans believe if you continue to tell a lie over and over again people will start to believe the lie.

    August 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  19. Carol

    The "market" has had many decades to make private health insurance work...they have failed to do so because their primary interest is ever increasing earnings per share, not assuring that everyone has adequate health care. The "market oriented solution" is not realistic.

    I suspect Ms. Palin has become a "hidden" lobbyist for the industry and wonder how much money the insurance companies have paid her to make her statements. Someone should ask her that question. Soon.

    August 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. thetruth

    Palin is as usual, compeltly off base. She is twisting the clear cut language of the bill to attempt to create some type of alternate reality, which we all know she currently lives in. Making politically geared comments on facebook is egregious enough, nevermind that these claims are completly void of fact.

    August 14, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. Chris NY

    I find it funny that all these right wing conservatives are screaming about how the health care reform plan will ration healthcare, my question is simply – "What do you think health insurance providers do right now, as we speak?"

    There are people in healthcare companies, working full time with benefits to find ways to and deny people health coverage. We need a government system because the private sector has FAILED.

    We don't even have the best healthcare system in the world, we're ranked at 37 if I am not mistaken.

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. CA Senior

    If Medicare won't pay for me to engage with my MD about planning related to dealing with the reality of pending or eventual death, I hope my clinician will work the counseling into a session where I have an office visit for a reason my insurance will pay.

    We owe so much to Sarah Palin, for example, her continuing public exposure that confirms and magnifies her limited ability to think things through logically and to show us she is incapable of complex leadership.

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  23. Randolph Carter

    Funny that there's no mention of Sarah's support for healthcare discussion day last year. What a dingbat. Have a nice day!

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    Has Ms. Palin been asleep at the wheel? Does she not realize that health insurance companies have been rationing their care for years? Ask the thousands of people whose claims are denied every day. Whatever your feelings about the direction health care should take, this "rationing" concept is one of the reasons that the fat cats who run health care companies are getting fatter every day.

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. Matt Snow

    I'd love to hear Palin describe why she was in favor of end of life counseling when she was governor of Alaska but now against it when it is politically oportunistic. That's the kind of couragageous and thoughtful leadership we need!

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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