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. down with obama

    Obviously none of you attacking Sarah ever experienced socialized health care. I wish some of you were with me when my daughter was dying from food poisoning in Children's Hospital #5 in Moscow in 1987. There were no doctors, one nurse for 50 very sick children, and parents were not allowed in. I bribed the doctor (cost me 100 rubles, my monthly salary was 120), and she let me in in exchange for washing the floors in kid's rooms (there was no cleaning lady there, imagine that!). If you were there with me and witnessed all the horror, may be then you'd stop screaming and supporting this horrible communist person that you elected as your president. Because this is your (and unfortunately mine) future. It's coming faster than you think.

    August 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Larry

    Medicare has low administrative costs and is generally well run. The problem is that it is only for people 65 and over. If an insurance company only insured people likely to have claims they'd be out of business. How about Medicare for everyone over 21, everyone must join and pay the premiums (yes, even young people need health insurance, and putting the burden on everyone else is not an option), the payment to doctors could be increased and the system would be self-sustaining. Sounds like a winner to me.

    August 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. ss

    I saw a video of a congressman in Texas who made the claim that 1 in 8 people in Canada do not have their own doctor. 1 in 8. that is 12.5%. In the US that number without a doctor is 15%. So you tell me which is worse. The most prosperous nation on earth cannot afford the decency to ensure that their citizens have something so basic as haealthcare. That is shameful.

    August 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  4. Concerned American

    I mean no disrespect to Mrs. Palin but, she is no longer a governor because of the mounting issues the state faced with her in office. She said she could better serve her state and country by leaving office or quitting (huh?) think about....

    Now she has time to gather hmmm "facts" and she is still misinformed. She can gather all the information she wants but, if she can't interpret it into meaningful information that people can grasp and make sound decision, she is not making a compelling point.

    I hate to break the news but , this is not a popularity contest. She, babbles, spreads lies and rumors and does not stand on truth. I'd like to see intelligent conversations on Health Care rather than finger pointing and quick slogans to gain political points. Who are these people really serving?

    August 14, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  5. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    It's my understanding that we have _de facto_ rationing today, and that it will likely increase no matter what Congress does because we can't afford state-of-the-art care for everyone who wants it. So this vile woman is correct in some small sense.

    August 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  6. T Mckinley

    If we don't have the money for health care reform, then we sure as hell don't have the money to be bombing, invading, and occupying other countries.

    August 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  7. tonyt

    CNN where's the Obamas town hall report?

    I know there's been a lot of attention paid to some of the town hall meetings that are going on around the country – especially those where tempers have flared. You know how TV loves a ruckus,"

    So true!

    Perfer to talk about a Quiter!

    August 14, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  8. Jamie

    Why is this woman STILL talking? She needs to shut up and go stand in her front yard and look at Alaska!!

    August 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  9. Buster

    Who is going to pay for healthcare? Geithner raises the debt ceiling to be over $12 TRILLION in October. I'm for reform but as a middle income family, I can't afford to pay for you.

    August 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. Bruce D

    I wonder if Palin is really the writer of these comments. Although wrong headed, they do contain words with multisyllables and that seems outside of her linguistic abilitlies. I smell a ghost writer. Hey Sarah, publicly state the name of the Yankees 3rd baseman, you know....Alex Rod...uh..uh...something.

    August 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  11. linus

    Sarah Palin does not understand these major issues. her conclusion of death panels and granny being euthinazid was a horrible one and shows she doesn't have the capacity to be a major office holder. Does she know that the medicare drug bill passed by most republican senators and signed by Bush contained a similar clause?

    August 14, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  12. Chris

    Let me preface my comment by saying I don't agree with everything the Obama administration is doing, but I do believe they are acting in good faith. But this Palin will stretch or fabricate the truth to fit what she thinks will scare the public into rallying behind her warped and twisted view of what our of government is or should be. I'm thankful that she is more or less exposed as a charlatan, but it's disturbing that some people still consider her credible. One demagogue for 8 years was enough. Our country won't survive a second.

    August 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  13. Jim

    The funny thing here is that Sarah Palin doesn't get the fact that 50 million Americans without health insurance IS health care rationing!

    August 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  14. Astroturf This

    There is NO WAY Obama can pay for this healthcare plan by taxing the rich. He HAS to ration care. it is IN THE BILL. People need to READ THE BILL. You reduce services to lower costs. PERIOD. You don't get 90 billion dollars a year taxing rich. It might be a nice sound bite...and be popular amongst the poor....but it's is a LIE.

    August 14, 2009 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  15. Tyran

    President Obama vs. Sarah Palin debate is like Tyson vs. Spinks. All Obama needs is 90 seconds to expose Palin as a phony. SARAH PALIN DOES NOT CARE ABOUT INSURING ALL AMERICANS, SHE JUST HATES OBAMA!!! That is why she has to use extreme tactics to try to scare Americans to go against this Healthcare bill. She has no plan and never did. Sarah Palin was a desperate ploy by the McCain campaign to peel off disguntled Hilary Clinton supporters. She's not informed on anything nor does she care to be, and it shows!

    August 14, 2009 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  16. Kathi

    Those against the health care proposal have not read it in detail. I would suggest that they do so before they criticize something which this country desperately needs to lower our ridiculously high health care costs. I'm sick and tired of those folks who constantly complain but have nothing concrete to offer. One of the platforms President Obama ran on was universal health care...and remember he won the election! Stop bickering, criticizing, whining and complaining. If you have nothing constructive to offer, then keep your mouth shut! And, by the way, why does anyone listen to an ex-Governor who took an oath to serve her state and then quit before her term was up? Obviously, if she can't finish something she started, she shouldn't open up her mouth! Go shoot a moose, Sarah, and stay out of politics and things you know nothing about!

    August 14, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. tawpdawg111

    If she'd work the pole and post it online maybe I'd listen to what she has to say. Until then her opinions are even less relevent than when we sent her packing in November.

    August 14, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. Dave in Albuquerque

    Health care rationing is what we have NOW. If I come down with certain expensive medical problems, my private health care company can say, "It's not covered." What is and is not covered is established by that company's death panel. I support the health care reform effort because if it becomes law, my insurer will be less of a threat to my health than it is now.

    August 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. Olivia

    Only Palin can claim for chaging something that was never changed because there was nothing to change.

    Typical distraction. First, they invent wind mills and then they make desinformed people fight them.

    But claiming that her recent oposition to "death panels" supposedly in the healthcare bill (a several-times debunked lie), as her succesful influence is really pathetic. Now, she is opposing a presumptive healthcare "rationing" provision without any clear understanding of the issue. On the healthcare debate this woman is clueless. She is in much worse shape than during the Curie interviews. Shame on those who fall for this!

    August 14, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Barry in Maine

    Mrs. Palin continues to repeat this untruth about the so-called Death Panel despite being refuted even by may members of the Republican Party.
    Apparently, she is a student of Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minster of Propaganda under Hitler who said, "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it"
    It's fine to disagree, but tell the truth.

    August 14, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Zach

    All these people screaming and saying the pledge at these townhall meetings are embarrassing to the United State. They truely have no clue what is going on. In fact i think they just hate Obama no matter what he does because they are racist. The whole scream, I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK! shows their biggitry loud and clear

    August 14, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. inuk of the north

    She's right. Up here in Canada we have a rationing sytem. You get in the line with 100s of other people, wait for those ahead of you to die off and hope you're still standing.

    Stay away from ANY kind of socialised medicine. It is the worst.

    Focus instead on getting rid of lawyers and their frivilous malpractise lawsuits. Ob-gyns pay up to $100,000 per year for liability insurance without ever being sued.

    That's $3,000,000 over a 30-yr career. Even family doctors will pay $1,000,000 over their careers.

    The fault isn't with the medical system, it's with the legal system. Cap those ridiculous settlements and punish those who bring frivolous lawsuits and watch the cost of medicine drop by half.

    August 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. ConcernedCitizen

    My personal doctor is against this healthcare bill. He said it will be the death of the quality of life we have now. He's a great doctor. He's not a rich, arrogant guy. He's a very good small town PCP. He said that he does not know any doctor in our town that won't retire if the government takes over and that will be the case across the country. We are taking more people into the system and will have fewer doctors. The quality of care will drop. Insurance companies will be driven out....and we will all be going down to the city health clinic for healthcare. It wil RUIN this country. We cannot AFFORD these huge bills that Obama is pushing through. The CUMULATIVE effect of his spending is going to drive this country into welfare. I don't want to live that quality of life and I certainly do not want my children or grandchildren living that quality of life. I am going to FIGHT and OPPOSE these changes. It is our country we are fighting for. This is SOCIALISM. We CANNOT let this happen.

    August 14, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  24. Chris Kirkpatrick

    I have no problems with people who argue that a nationalized form of health care (which Obama has been careful to point out, this is not) is expensive. I think that is one thing that is hovering over this entire issue, but providing health coverage to every American regardless of income is worth it. What bothers me is fear mongering and spreading lies that keep people from the truth. This is what Sara Palin has come to embody. It is unfortunate that she has been given another platform after vacating hers.

    August 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  25. Ravi

    As bad as I want health care reform, I'll have to agree with Sarah on this one. What I'd like to see is VOUCHERS for folks like me with no insurance. That, along with ending the practice of discriminating against those with preexisting conditions.

    But, please keep that oppressive Empire (aka the federal government) out of our business, and especially our personal, medical business. I hope more States follow AZ and pass amendments to "preemptively" nullify a possible federal gov healthcare plan.

    August 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
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