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. Cathy Reid

    Will someone please tell this moron to go back to her hole in the ground and stay there. She is so stupid and such an idiot and those who listen to her are just as bad. This woman has no education, does is poor job of raising her children, can not tell the truth if her life depended on it. And she is nothing but a trouble maker.
    GO BACK TO ALASKA PALIN AND STAY THERE WITH YOUR MOUTH SHUT AND PULL THE DIRT IN OVER YOUR HEAD.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. sjk

    Where in the world does palin keep coming up with "death panels" ?
    As a nurse who has worked in many areas of the hospitals including operating rooms , icu,er's. i have never heard of death panels and it is always the patients choice or the families choice not the governments choice.... SARAH shutup and go spend time with your family.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Jonathan

    Palin, the goal is universal health care. Vouchers and tax benefits may help but that will still leave millions of Americans uninsured. Instead of just saying no, come up with a freaking plan. What is it with Republicans? All opposition, no composition.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. Jim Q.

    It "rang true" - yet was false. (And, of course, she dodges the fact that rationing of health care happens *every day* in the current, private system.)

    It's disturbing that the Washington Post would give an obvious liar and charlatan space. It's also disturbing that CNN would reprint her obvious lies without bothering to point them out as such.

    Don't you guys have fact checkers? Are you afraid of taking a stance for truth? Should we really mourn the demise of journalism, if this is the best they can do for us?

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. ron

    Shut up, Palin. You're an idiot. Stop giving this this dipstick an avenue to spread her uninformed, closed minded opinions unles she's with her brothers Glen Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
    Then again, great new material for Tina Fey...

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. yougottabekidding

    Is CNN obsessed with Palin? It really undermines the credibility of CNN to be reporting non-value garbage! Move on CNN! There are other important stuff to address in this country.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. Tyler

    Go Away.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Brian

    "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,"

    Most of the world expected the previous administration to continue their illegal wars, but she's not protesting that.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. VR from Baltimore

    "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? Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans."

    Rang true? RANG TRUE? It "rang true" because Palin scared the hell out of people. Establishment voices "dismissed" it because it is NOT IN THE PROPOSED HEALTH CARE BILLS. It amazes me how she continues to push her debunked theories in spite of all evidence to the contrary. What on Earth is she trying to accomplish?

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  10. Not a Soccer Mom

    This woman with her half truths and exaggerations (dare I say lies?) is dangerous. There is enough to debate on the true facts of the health care bill we certainly don't need her skewed version of reality clouding the issues.

    She constantly plays fast and loose with facts. Not only can she NOT see Russia from her doorstep, the only place in Alaska that can was never visited by her prior to that comment. I would dismiss her rhetoric with a laugh but this issue is too important to have it used by her as a means to remain in the public eye.

    Sarah – as a woman voter and a mom worried about health care fr my family – please shut up already. Your antics make this woman cringe – enough is enough.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  11. SAW

    I really don't know why the media reports on this woman's rantings. People are already dying because of a broken system, but that is not design nor will it ever be. I've been hearing stories about the broken system we have now, but not on the front page. Please drop her from the list of people that are noteworthy.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  12. Ahhhhhhhh!!

    I say do away with the evil fire department, the evil libraries, the evil post office/mail delivery system, the evil Medicare and Medicaid systems, the evil CDC, the evil school systems, oh, and definitely, the evil pubic works systems like clean water and electricity. In fact, I think the whole fire fighting system should be taken out of the hands of the govt and put in private hands, and then only the worthy who have fire insurance need call for help.

    You just KNOW that this country would be so much better off without this evil socialistic type death government.

    And Ms. Palin, when you're ready to come out of your padded cell and tell us what you REALLY think, in your own words, we'll all be waiting with recording equipment at the ready. And I'm pretty sure SNL will be happy to cover it too.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. Darlis

    Is the media never going to tire of the lunacy of this educationally challenged bimbo??? So much to be done in this country and so many wiser folks we could be focusing on... why give this nut what she craves?? attention!

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  14. Tom

    OK, I can see what is going on here....

    An Op-Ed by the half-wit Sarah Palin in Rupert Murdoch's Wall Street Journal.

    It is clear as day.

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Thenforcer

    She is absolutely correct yet again- amazing too because we're told by the media that she's dumb, uneducated and from a small town. No elitism there, no not at all.

    There is no question that we need reform, but the reform should open up the markets- let's reform based on free market principles and not take away autonomy and self determination from the people. That's tyrannical and contrary to what our founding fathers intended.

    Go Sarah!!

    September 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  16. Obama worst president ever

    Let's have a deal. Palin goes away and she takes Obama and his whole marxist administration with her.

    September 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  17. Bob

    So why is it that churches can call for the murder of our president and still keep tax deductions? Isn't a religious organization forbidden form getting involved in politics from the pulpit?

    In fact isn't it true that many churches use the cover of religion to avoid paying taxes for huge healthcare industial complexes? Like the order of St Francis and others who have healthcare businesses?

    They make a killing off of sick people and pay no taxes on this huge profit off the sick business. WHY?

    September 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  18. Tired of her

    When will she go away or at least close her mouth.

    September 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  19. Tims

    In the real world, there are "unelected bureaucrats" who already oversee these so-called "death panels." They are insurance company executives!
    Again, Palin, is simply "spinning" out of control.

    September 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Matt

    This lady is touched in the head. Sure, go write an op-ed against Obama, but why bring up the debunked "Death Panels" again.

    You know why? So that the chain emails continue to be propagated against all logic.

    Use logic not hate in your opposition.

    September 9, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Brad Darby

    If you look closely at the picture of Caribou Barbie, you can see her brain oozing out from her ear.

    September 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  22. jane

    Stop covering her . . . please.

    September 9, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    What is with CNN's coverage of Sarah Palin lately? Because CNN keeps pushing her on mainstream America, one would think that she now has relevance to our country,

    Reminds me of when the *Best Political Team* in American kept trying to tell us what we should think after each debate or political speech last summer. When public opinions differed, the pundits would scratch their heads and feign astonishment.

    Thank God mainstream America isn't as gullible as the GOPers - else this woman would indeed be our VP today.

    As it is, she is no longer viable for anything beyond Facebook or the occassional magazine article and all her recent articles are being penned by her ghostwriter. Quite boring actually.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  24. Stephen

    Will this blabbering, media seeking moron ever go away? Palin, you are a QUITTER, and will never, ever, be president of this country. Go write your book and disappear.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  25. frank

    And she just keeps talking!

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
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