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. Peggy

    Palin keeps fanning the flames with her "death panels" rhetoric, when even most Republicans have stopped using that language, knowing it isn't true. She just doesn't get it. If you have enough money, you can get the best insurance coverage, but if you don't, you already deal with rationing of care by insurance companies.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Marie

    If we never hear from this woman again....that would be a great day! Ignorance is not bliss; we are so done with this ridiculous posturing....go fish Sarah....you found your true calling.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Sue

    First, it is obvious that her 'writings' are being written by someone else who is capable of putting together a cohesive sentence, since we all know that she is not.

    Second, rather than continuing to spew venom and promote fear, let's hear "your" positive solution to health care. We were always taught that you are not allowed to complain about something unless you can offer a suggestion to improve it.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Live and let die

    Discussions are underway for potential inclusion of trigger options in the proposed health care legislation.

    And here I thought the end-of-life counseling provision had been removed...

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. Connie, Indiana

    Op-ed not written by her, it uses too many "big" words. Course some will think that she is brightest bulb in the room.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Jackson

    wow please just shut up and go away..you are a liar.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Jeff

    Can't argue with Supid...

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. KD

    It rang true for many Americans because their IQs aren't much higher than yours, Sarah. Sad fact of this country. We could be raising our average IQs by listening to Obama and taking responsibility for our education but parents want to pull their kids out of school instead of having them listen to an inspirational message. It's a vicious cycle. Parents believe their kids are being "indoctrinated." They pull them out of school. Their kids' intelligence stays low. Their lack of intelligence allows them to believe garbage coming out of Palin's mouth. This leads them to pull out of government run things, i.e. school and then their kids' IQs stay low. I seriously weep for this country.

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

    Hmm I knew she was strange but crazy too? Who knew?

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Pete

    As it currently stands, our private health care system has unaccountable bureaucrats at the insurance companies deciding who gets life-saving treatment based on a desire to maintain high profits for their employers. That, Ms. Palin, is a de facto death panel.

    Perhaps if Republicans weren't so eager to raid the Medicare trust fund in order to fund tax cuts for the wealthy or wars of choice like Iraq, not only would Medicare be solvent, but our deficits would be eliminated.

    September 9, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. Phil Pietrowski

    Sarah Palin is a pure, unmitigated nutjob.

    Why she's getting more than her 15 minutes of fame is entirely beyond my comprehension.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. Aunt Bea and Opie

    It seems Sarah has been hired as a "Corporate Arsonist",going around starting fires of lies and hate for the Insurance Giants.She did a great job for big oil in Alaska,where she handed out bribe money to its citizens for their silence on many issues.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  13. karen

    Good god!! Will someone please shut Sarah up? She's a total and complete moron who constantly stirs up controversy by citing her completely ill-informed views and by appealing to uneducated, overly emotional idiots. Please stop giving her free press and just make the Sarah-nonsense go away!

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  14. Jeff

    Can't argue with Sutpid...

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  15. Al Franken

    I find it ironic that CNN has done nothing bout tout that Sarah Palin is irrelevant fluff... but yet does nothing but follow her around and hangs on her every word. CNN should change "Political Ticker" to "Sarah Palin Paranoia."

    It would seem some of the staff at CNN are not to impartial and have it out for this woman and her family. No, correction, it is actually obvious.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Busy Mom

    So, Quitter Palin is out spreading more misinformation and continuing her mission to scare senior citizens. All in a days work for a woman who wouldn't know common sense if it slapped her in the face.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  17. Mark

    How can the American people get this silly woman to shut the heck up? I for one am tired of her outrageous lies concerning important social and political issues. The over-65 crowd is already using government run health care – anyone ever heard of MediCare? Why do they believe this drivel that things will suddenly be worse if younger folks get the same benefits?

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  18. Matt

    Was it not fact that when George Bush was governor of Texas that he appointed exactly that–death panels that the doctors decided who and when to pull the plug and NOT the family.

    Is this where Sara gets her negative rhetoric? Then lies and puts it on this admin instead. Republicans are pulling out every evil deed they accomplished and dumping it on the dems.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  19. PJ

    "Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans." Many Americans who tote guns to "protests"; decry "guvvermint" interference in their Medicare health coverage; cry Socialism right up until they get their Social Security check in the mail- Hmmmmm.... sounds like "many Americans" have some serious mental health issues. Maybe if they had better coverage, they could seek help for their diseased brains....

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  20. tired of insanity

    Why are people still paying attention to this fraud?

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. Pat, Columbus OH

    Sarah Palin has nothing to back up her declarations regarding "death panels." She spouts only rhetoric supplied by the wackos such as Limbaugh, et al. Guess the Republicans are really scared as they continue to resort to lies.

    Let's work for a national health care program!
    Moderate Independent Voter and Obama Supporter

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Chris

    For the love of all that's holy, please, Sarah, GO AWAY!!!

    Why are we still listening to anything this dolt has to say????

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. Independent Liberal

    Wow! Again this woman needs to take of her kids and stay the hek out of things she knows nothing about....like politics.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. Bill

    Why can't we let Palin ride off into the Alaska sunset, never to be heard from again? She is an idiot. The media gives her far too much credibility. Who cares if she posts something to her facebook page? She is an ex-governor who couldn't eben serve out her full term – we don't give other ex-governors this much airtime, how about we stop worrying about what Palin thinks? She is just plain dumb.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  25. Realistic

    Palin does not understand that the free market system can not and has not and will not be able to fix the healthcare problem in this country. The free market system has still left 30-47 million without health insurance. The free market system has not stopped insurance companies from refusing to insure people with pre-exsisting conditions. The free market system does not solve every problem.
    I hope the democrats pass this healthcare bill and if they have to go alone, they should. People like Palin, Rush and Steele and all republicans are not going to help or work with Obama.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
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