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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  1. Post always rejected by CNN

    Injecting herself into everything isn't going to get her elected to garbage sweeper. altho that WOULD be a good job for her....she is running around the country posing and posturing at everything she can think of and the more she does the more stupider she looks. Her and Phewlenty too good pees in a pod.

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  2. republican lies and deceit

    Palin I was willing to give you a break already ! Back to your deceit and fear mongering ? You know what you have now is "death panels ". How many people in your great system die because they cannot afford a basic human right -healthcare. Is there "death panels " now in countries in Europe or Canada which have healthcare ?

    Do Not be deceived by Republican deceit. We may not have 100 % perfection with current health care in these nations but it is far better than what the US has now.

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  3. Luke Brown

    Oh good. Now we have thoughtful input from the trailer trash contingent.

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  4. Jaxson

    Notice Sarah Palin has NO SOLUTIONS....just a big mouth.

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. Keeth in California

    If Obama publicly said the Sun was yellow and the sky was blue, Sarah Palin would argue with him, even as he points to the sky itself as proof. Sarah Palin is displaying borderline sociopathic behavior.

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  6. KA

    Palin is right. Death panels ARE real, they already exist and they decide who will live and die on a routine basis. They are called health insurance companies.

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  7. carl

    Right on Sarah! Government run health care is not an option our country should be looking at., just say NO WAY. This idea that because a man got elected with a 52% majority means that we ALL want to fundamentally change America in a totally new, and radical direction, is just outragous. No way Onama, regardless how pretty you talk tonight...

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  8. Frederik

    Is there anybody who still believes this woman? She has been caught lying time after time.... it must be pathological.

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  9. Curt, Magnolia Texas

    Why are we still listening to this idiot? Just because she speaks, doesn't mean the media has to give another airhead air time. If she actually had a brain and some scruples...well then, maybe...

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  10. zee

    why is she still in the news? oh, right because the uneducated, fearmongering right wing boneheads need a figurehead. nice job. i bet it would be ok if sarah palin wanted to address school children. double standards are the right wings best friend. yuck.

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  11. Dan G.

    Call it what you like, "But the fact remains that the Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters." is a true statement. No there are no official panels, and everyone knows that; but the effect on the rationing of care and the decisions on what care would or wouldn't be received by a select government group will have the same affect.

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  12. F.MCCallum

    Why are we listening to Sarah Palin? She cannot put sentences together with a thought.

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  13. RAY IN NJ

    It's amazing that a person who HAS no "common sense" would continually use that phrase! Palin should use good "common sense" and just shut up and go away!

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  14. BrianMEMPHIS

    You go Sarah!

    We forced the President to change his speech to school kids, we'll continue to force the Dems to change their bad policies. Thank God for free speech and the ability to get the truth out so people can make their own decisions.

    That means everyone can make their own decision, oh, except the O*Bots.

    September 9, 2009 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  15. jodie

    go away sarah!!!

    September 9, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    Palin is right, the Death Panels do exist.
    Look at these numbers for CA health care providers. . .

    PacifiCare denied 39.6% of claims this year, Cigna 32.7%, Kaiser 28.3%.

    We need a single payer system NOW.

    September 9, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. Jose

    Palin says death panels are real but for her, brain cells are imaginary!

    September 9, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  18. sjh

    why does anyone listen to this vacuum head! esp. the WSJ

    September 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  19. carol

    Hey Palin – there are no death panels in the bill. You just don't get anything, do you?

    September 9, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. mike

    Death Panels do exist. Sarah please make an appointment with one right away.

    September 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. BKrause

    I wonder who wrote the text for this cultural, spiritual, political illiterate, this time?

    September 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. james

    Do you know what happened to the one who cried wolf?

    September 9, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  23. mark

    Go Palin! At least somebody stands up to lord obama...

    September 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  24. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Sarah Palin must have not gotten the memo that healthcare is already being rationed in America. If she want's to call something a death panel, she need look no further than Blue Cross Blue Shield or United Healthcare.

    September 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. gmoney

    ya – lets get back to the good policies of the previous administration

    September 9, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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