September 9th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Palin gets tough on Obama's health care proposals

Palin argues against the president's health care proposals in a new Op-Ed.
Palin argues against the president's health care proposals in a new Op-Ed.

(CNN) – For the second time since resigning the Alaska governorship more than a month ago, Sarah Palin is adding her voice to the fiery debate over health care. This time, Palin is hitting the pages of the Wall Street Journal as President Obama gets set to address a joint session of Congress on the issue.

"The answers offered by Democrats in Washington all rest on one principle: that increased government involvement can solve the problem. I fundamentally disagree," Palin writes in the 1,110 word op-ed in Wednesday's edition of the paper.

"Common sense tells us that the government's attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones," the former GOP vice presidential candidate continues. "Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy."

Palin, whose initial Facebook posting on so called "death panels" last month is credited with spurring heated opposition to the House Democratic health care proposal, again raises the now widely debunked claim a government panel could determine which senior citizens receive vital treatments.

"Is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats' proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by-dare I say it-death panels?" she writes. "Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans."

Ultimately, Palin says, Congress looks like it will abandon this so called "death panel" legislation because Americans made their voices heard in the contentious town halls last August.

"But the fact remains that the Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters. Such government overreaching is what we've come to expect from this administration," she says.

A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee sharply hit back at that claim, saying "The way Sarah Palin is trying to scare Americans you'd think it's Halloween already."

"By continuing to peddle what Pulitzer Prize winning independent fact checkers have found to be ‘pants on fire’ lies and doubling down on the GOP recommendation to end Medicare for future generations, the only thing that's in costume here is Sarah Palin's supposed concern for the health care of Americans," said DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.

Palin also takes issue with the president's assertion Democrats' heath care proposals will reign in costs and eliminate the waste and inefficiency that currently characterizes the system.

Citing the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Palin says currently proposed health care legislation will do little to bring down cost but instead cause the federal deficit to skyrocket by more than $200 billion over the next decade.

"Only in Washington could a plan that adds hundreds of billions to the deficit be hailed as a cost-cutting measure," writes Palin.

Instead, Palin argues the true solution to health care lies in "market oriented, patient-centered, and result driven" measures such as providing tax benefits for those who get health car coverage from their jobs, providing seniors on Medicare vouchers to buy their own coverage, and allowing people to buy health care insurance across state lines.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Richie

    Shut up dingbat.

    September 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  2. Karen - Missouri

    Why do we keep hearing about totally clueless Palin????? Who cares about HER?

    September 9, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. Martin Marprelate

    All this pathetic woman does is make assertions without any substantial proof. She is nothing less than absurd and utterly ridiculous.

    September 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  4. Ken, Arizona

    The Insurance industry currently makes life and death decisions by rationing, and even denying health care. When is the last time we held an insurance company election? Now that Sarah has a little money, the cost of health care is no object.

    September 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. Gretchen

    The quitter ice queen can go jump in the lake with her "comments". She's just full of sour grapes that she didn't win the VP election.

    September 9, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  6. key word

    common sense

    he has none

    September 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. SHIRLEY "61"

    Who really cares what quittin' palin thinks under anything circumstances? Do you think she has the capablities to do anything other than create more hatred through her inflammatory rhetoric, or to really know what the issues truly are? I don't.

    September 9, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. cel

    Sarah who ? Why is the press still reporting on this has been ????
    She has already proved what a loser she is. Enough already.

    September 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  9. Shawn

    Palin, just go away, please. All you are doing is dividing our nation further. Is this your goal?

    September 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. John Starnes Tampa Florida

    That actually sounded coherent, and contained complete sentences! Who wrote it for her?

    September 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  11. Sick Of the Politics

    And she can see Russia from her house, too...

    September 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  12. Laurie

    She is such a loser, and needs to shut up (and go away).

    September 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. tee

    She need to get tough on her education

    September 9, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Broski

    Sarah Palin: Making life easy for democrats since 2008.

    September 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Anonymous

    is she trying to show us that she can read? to little to late.

    September 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  16. Allen

    Could this possibly be the dumbest woman on the planet?

    September 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  17. John

    She's a moron. How could anyone take this woman seriously?

    September 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  18. Brian, NJ

    Will someone remind her that her healthcare is taxpayer funded by Alaskans.

    September 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  19. KG, MN

    Sarah Palin is irrelevant given that she quit in the middle of her first term as Governor. She's just an ordinary citizen now. Her opinion is now equal to mine. Sarah, honey, you can't call the plays if you're no longer in the game. Now go sit down.

    September 9, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  20. Loren in CA

    Yes, "death panels" are real. The insurance companies have been using them for years to deny care to people on a regular basis, and then drag out the appeals process until the patient/insured dies. Why aren't Sarah and her ilk outraged about *that*?

    September 9, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  21. Lisa

    One question: Can no one shut this woman up?
    Again with the death panels...AGAIN......UGH!

    September 9, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  22. Joseph Beckim

    Why does this woman keep opening her mouth. Her comments just keep making her appear further and further away from reality. She has no credibility. Just look north to the mess she has made for herself in Alaska.

    September 9, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  23. southerncousin

    A surprise Palin story from CNN, a proud and active member of the state run media, slavering at obamas heels. Not a word about Charlie Rangel and that scandal. Not a word about the Van Jones scandal, but lots of Palin new for the lunatic left to make their demeaning remarks. This is CNN.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  24. Beth

    Dare I say it...I'd like to see Sarah Palin go before one of these "death panels".

    How one...dare I say it, woman, spew forth so much vile hatred is beyond me.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  25. jean

    Anyone who is dumb enough to pay even .25 to hear Sarah Palin speak needs to be committed to a mental institution. This chick is the epitome of stupid. Not only is she stupid, she thrives on stirring up hate groups which includes everday uneducated and undereducated trash thinkers.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
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