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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  1. Mike

    What a joke. Health care reform will forbid many forms of rationing that are CURRENTLY being used by insurance companies.
    Here's a video from the White House which explains this very clearly:

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/realitycheck/4

    August 14, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. Neutralizer

    I agree with Palin on this one. Like others who strongly oppose Obambi's rationed healthcare, I've read HR3200 up to the last page. It is not only rationed healthcare that every American should be worried about, they have their right to choose and right to privacy under attack on this health care reform they have. In this bill also, it is clearly stated NO ONE can sue the government if the doctor make a mistake in treatment of a patient. I don't think the American people would be enthusiastic to have EVERY agency of the government that has connection to socialized medicine would have easy access to their bank account without their permission especially withdraw money from their bank account. If people read HR3200 thoroughly and understand every section etc etc, there's only few words to describe what this health care reform is all about – KISS ALL YOUR RIGHTS guaranteed under the US Constitution goodbye. This bill also subvert the power of the state clearly protected under the US Constitution.

    August 14, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. Rick in PA

    Oh, what a surprise! Sarah STILL isn't bothering to base her opinions on accurate facts. I guess some things will never change. I'l type slowly, Sarah, in a effort to help you absorb the truth:

    What the president is actually trying to do is eliminate the rationing that we have in the current system with some 15% of Americans uninsured. Try really hard to ignore the special interest spin, and maybe you'll realize that a public option is the only way to generate some meaningful competition in the health care world. Right now, the providers and drug companies can charge whatever they want, covere whomever they want, and spend millions advertising their products as they see fit. When will the madness stop if not now?

    Thank goodness for President Obama and those politicians who have the courage to support his efforts.

    August 14, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. Tex

    I'm sorry, Sarah Palin, now being a non-governmental official, is relevant how??

    August 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. AJL

    Governor Palin (sorry, like President, the title stays even though she has left office), is the political equivalent of a train wreck. You know she is irrelevant. You know her public statements are not based in fact. She says these totally assinine things not to make a point but to keep herself in the public eye. Like the old adage, there is no such thing as bad publicity. And like a train wreck you want to ignore her but when she spews forth such drivel you can't help yourself. You want to turn your back like you know you should but you just stand there. The scary thing is that it just takes one person to truly believe her bulls**t. Tim McVeigh was one person. Ted Bundy was one person. Jim Jones was one person. Her obvious desire to divide is actually treated as fact by some people. And she is either too power hungry to turn it off or not intelligent enough to see when she has gone too far. This is such a divisive topic that someone is going to get carried away at one of these "town hall meetings" because they truly believe the politically motivated hate speech of hers and hurt someone. They will use her argument as the reason for their action and she will attempt to back pedal.

    August 14, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  6. John

    1) Private insurance companies do not ration care. If you can get it through your empoyer or can afford it yourself, you can qualify for care based on factors such as age and preexisting conditions. If you pay, you can get it. If private insurance companies did not limit who they would cover, they would not be able to make a profit and would not even exist. For those who cannot afford insurance, there are programs such as medicaid.

    2) Just because Obama can push up his sleeves, wield a microphone like a pro, work the room and speak eloquently and confidently does not mean that he is an expert (by any means) on healthcare. How can people trust this person so much? How can they deify him like they do? I guess these are the same people who think Oprah is amazing. Do you own research people! Don't just assume that because Obama says it, it must be right....or just because Sarah Palin says it, it must be wrong. Think for yourselves.

    August 14, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  7. Dave J

    Of course there will be disagreement on health care because it's such a HUGE issue. And there needs to me debate/discussion, but this goes far beyond political spin; this is flat out lies intended to deceive ill informed citizens.

    August 14, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  8. AlRam

    America beware!!! Do you already forgot that Palin is the same woman who told us the following lies:

    1. That she has foreign relations experience because she can see Russia from Alaska,

    2. The same woman who said that she is reading magazines that deals with politics but she cannot name not even one,

    3. The same woman who said that after the last elections, her daughter and her boyfriend will get married because it is bad for the campaign to tell at that time that they cannot be married even if her daughter is already months pregnant,

    Beware America of lies that she is spreading that the health care system the President Obama is suggesting will be a kiss of death for us. Who are you fooling Palin. You can only lied to us several times but not all the time.

    Tell why did you abandon the governorship of Alaska and please this time for Christ sake DO NOT LIE!!!!

    August 14, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. Jesus Francisco

    Why does the Media continue to give this woman a voice? She has lied, lied, lied, about the "death panels" and so who cares what she has to say, except for the BIG Health Insurance Companies!!

    August 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Sam

    Folks,

    Telling Sarah Palin that she's incorrect wrongly assumes that she cares about being correct. In the moral dungeon where Palin and her ilk exists, truthfulness or any form of morality is a foreign concept.

    The Republican Right does NOT care whether they are speaking the truth or whether they themselves used to have the same position they now faux criticize. The purpose of their strategy is to have Dems be so preoccupied with debunking obvious falsehood that they will have little or no time engaging in substantive debates about the real issues – and it's working.

    August 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  11. joanne fisk

    This is why Sarah Palin will make a great president. She believes in the american people's ability to expose this trash of a health care bill put out by the socialist, egotistical, arrogant democrats, led by their "Savior" the president that will go down in history of completley destroying this great country

    August 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  12. Brian Dodge

    The United States spends more per person on healthcare than any other country. What does that money buy us in the current free market? 41st in health overall, 42nd in infant mortality. Maybe that's good enough, and cheap enough, for Ms Palin, but I think we can do better. Perhaps the Republicans would like to advocate privatizing Medicare and Medicaid, so Grandma and Trig Palin can get the same level of care that our vets got when the Bush administration privatized the maintenance at Walter Reed? (google "walter reed privatization scandal" if you missed this event.)
    Halliburton Healthcare, anyone?

    August 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  13. Ariana, VA

    I am BAFFLED. I do not understand this woman. Republicans PLEASE tell me what you all admire about her. She is constantly lying, making up stories, trying to start trouble, she has no clue about anything!! Thanks alot McCain for introducing this imbecile to the public!

    August 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  14. jayson1969

    If no additional resources are put to health care funding, and it is expanded to another 40 or 50 million, then yes, we might expect rationing. If we put more resources to health care funding, there would be no need for rationing. I don't have a problem seeing more resources shifted to health care if it means access to the unacceptably high numbers of uninsured. Even if I have to pay a little more (I'm wealthy and have no problems with plans to tax folks like myself higher). We are a civilized nation are we not?

    Since when is wanting to provide health care to the poor or protecting the environment the un-Christian thing to do?? I thought one of the core messages of Christ was to give up material wealth to help those less fortunate.

    Disagree with reform all you want, you have a right to your own views –but don't try to use the ridiculous argument that God will somehow punish those who want to help others. That's philosophically and spiritually absurd. The scare tactics are being pushed by most conservatives simply to protect themselves from the prospect of higher taxes, it has nothing to do with realities in the reform proposals. If you look at history, that's obvious. Plenty of examples.

    August 14, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. Pat

    Give us a break Sarah, Nobody wants to kill off Grandma but services like Hospice care for the dying is a very important component of health care and helps families cope with the end of life issues that come up when Grandma is dying. Speaking to your doctor about end of life issues is a very important part of good health care and should be paid for by insurance.

    August 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  16. RickHa

    I have a simple suggestion for health care costs... we all know that obesity leads to increased health issues, which in turn drive up the cost for everyone. I think they should charge by the pound for health care. The more you pig out, the more you pay.

    August 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  17. cheryl

    I am so tired of this woman talking about items without the facts. I am sure she would believe that the proposal is to train elderly ( over 70) to be suicide bombers. that makes as much sense as saying her son would not get health care.

    amearica needs health care for all citizens, its time to take responsibility for all americans and STOP letting insurance companies run health care, so they can get bonuses

    August 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  18. T Mckinley

    I'll "betcha" that the same Sarah Palin who opposes both health care reform and the economic stimulis, is the same Sarah Palin who would fully support a Republican President spending trillions of taxpayer dollars to bomb, invade, and occupy countries like North Korea, Iran, and Cuba.

    August 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  19. Amy Kathleen

    I couldn't decide which fable would be better, Chicken Little or the Boy who Cried Wolf.

    It's like she lives in an alternate reality. What is in the bill doesn't matter, the fact that the President has not publicly opposed an essay-that's proof. Last I checked, Obama had not publicly opposed our extinction by space aliens, either.

    August 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  20. Tariq

    Is she actually claiming victory to removing the so called "death panels" from the draft when it was not there to begin with??!

    sarah, whatever happened to "quit making things up" ?

    August 14, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. donoven

    I find it quite amusing that people are so up in arms about Health Care Reform issue. Bush was in office for 8 long years with 6 of them spent in war. It was also Bush that helped to lead us to a Trillion dollar debt. Our ex-President had the opportunity to fix Health Care and didn't. OMG, people 8 years worth of corrupted, misguided, just down right wrong decisions were made by the Bush Administration.

    Furthermore, I find it unfortunate, that Obama has been at the helm for a little over 6 months, yet people want him to work miracles in changing all of the damage Bush did. Nonetheless, a Universal Health Care plan would be a good thing in the long run.

    So get over it.

    August 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  22. Heidi

    You keep talking about her full court press against Pres Obama's Health care reform? No one is listening so why do you contiue to preach it?

    August 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  23. rhoward

    It's real easy to be against health care reform when you get free medical care for life from the state of Alaska. BTW, isn't that socialized medicine too?

    August 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  24. carole

    First it was death panels, now it is rationing. Sarah Palin and other
    proponents of the far right ideology keep using agreed upon
    buzzwords to try to get their followers to make fools of themselves
    by trying to stifle rational debate on this most important issue.

    I believe for her it is less about her core beliefs and more about
    trying to line herself up for talk radio and/or Fox News. She is a fire-
    brand who doesn't always have facts before she spews her
    opinions. She should fit in well in the Limbaugh/Hannity/Malkin/Coulter crew. It could be amusing to
    watch the far right wing "smackdown" if/when she starts to take
    her share of that limited audience.

    August 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  25. Susan

    This woman is totally misinformed and dumber than a spatula. Why the media keeps paying attention to her is beyond my comprehension.

    August 14, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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