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.


Filed under: Popular Posts • Sarah Palin
soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. Alex

    Only in America...if you say it – even if it's been proven to a be a filthy lie – can it be considered true.

    The outrageous lies about health care spread by the Republicans and their proxy groups, combined with the constant mishandling and ardent inflexiblity of the liberal wing of the House, will ensure that once again there is no relief on health care for ordinary Americans. People are scared, confused, and uninformed about what health care reform is going to mean to them. The president can make an impassioned case, lay it out for the average Joe in plain English, and get backing to upend the insidious incentives that sit within the current health care industry, but he's only one guy and there are a lot of people out there who want to see him fail (and ultimately fall). Preposterous attacks of "socialist agendas" and "death panels" are confusing the issue just the way they are intended to, and we may end up with change which doesn't change much at all.

    The only winners are going to be the health care insurance industry and the politicians shilling for them with ridiculous, false populist rhetoric.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. Ed

    I don't understand what Palin is talking about (she probably doesn't either). Currently, there is an unelected insurance company between us and our care. In the Democrat proposal there were be an unelected government person between us and our care. I don't see much difference really. My mother had medicare and I always though she had excellent care. What's the difference between medicare and a government insurance plan?

    Sounds to me like the Republicans are so totally in the pockets of the insurance companies.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  3. Jeff

    Sarah who? Wasn't that an ABC show about an amnesiac that's been canceled?

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  4. Don

    Palin needs to put a cork in it, she's old news and yestrdays trash!

    Don

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  5. Laura

    There's Palin again just like during McCain's campaign: repeating the same lies again and again, even though they've been debunked repeatedly by reliable sources. I can only think it's because she actually doesn't have anything else to say. The best she can do to maintain her own popularity is pander to the lowest and most uneducated base possible with the most sensationalist statements possible that will work people up into a frenzy. How pathetic and disgusting.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  6. christi

    Sigh...can the idiot just go home or go to dinner with someone for $25,000? Why must she continue to fan flames of ignorance? There are already death panels...it's called the insurance companies.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  7. Leslie

    Sad Sarah, your 15 minutes are over. Fade back into the woodwork.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Bob

    When did the lunatic fringe take over as idols and gods in America? Ignore this idiot and she will go away.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  9. moneylady

    Sarah Palin, you just keep proving what an idiot you are! How about you do your research before you open your mouth or start tapping on a keyboard? Once again, you forgot to turn your brain on before acting!

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  10. Larry

    This woman is so out of touch with reality it is amazing. She is not worth discussing. Sarah Palin is a disaster and should just stay out of poltics.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  11. Richard-Arkansas

    Palin prefers that unelected insurance industry clerks make these life-and-death decisions which include increasing their boss's and possibly their own pay by denying services. If she is so hung up on death panels, why never a mention of the ones we have now in place. Oh, I forgot, they donated money to Palin and her friends.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. RAG

    She said, "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?" No, it is a wonder that tyou can stand there in the face of overwhelming senior citixen support for Medicare and AARP support for healthcare reform. Is it always sunny in Sarahland? Do they bring you cookies, Sarah?

    For, "Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans." read, "Informed sane adults dismissed the phrase, but it rang true for ill-informed, paranoid immature Americans".

    She opines, "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". This is somehow worse that profit motivated unelected bureaucrats from insurance companies? I think not.

    Finally this bit of Alice In Wonderland: "Only in Washington could a plan that adds hundreds of billions to the deficit be hailed as a cost-cutting measure". Earth to Sarah, the entire basis of "Republican Philosphy is that tax cuts increase tax revenues. Take a look from your front porch, Sarah. The ashes of our economy are the result of the forest fire of Republican tax cuts. See it now? There, just beside Russia.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  13. Beyond absurd

    Ms Palin said: "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." So if I can follow this sad attempt at logic, it goes like this: If I make up a frightening lie and people are stupid enough to believe it is true, then it must have some credibility. Haven't the American people been abused and manipulated enough? Stop the spread of Palinitis. Get an education.

    September 9, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  14. me happy

    Boring, CNN.

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  15. a.butler

    This women is a joke and a liar too boot; she calls herself a Christian, the last I looked at the good book; it says we are our brothers keeper and thou should not bear false witness aganist our neighbor. Stop lying and tell the truth, you will stand before the almighty one day!!

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  16. Jeff

    Death panels still? Wow, cult of personality. The heck with the facts!

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Kathy

    I've got news for Sarah Palin: "unelected bureaucrats..make decisions affecting life or death health-care matter" already. They're called insurance companies, and their reason for exisiting is to make profits.

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. Mary

    Re: the "win a dinner with Palin or Rove"

    I think I just threw up a little in my mouth... definitely lost my appetite.

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Mark S.

    You have to hand it to her, once she makes up a lie, she sure sticks with it!

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Robert

    "But the fact remains that the Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters.
    Ummm , insurance companies do that very same thing every day.

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  21. Jkay - KCMO

    Her mantra......I'm gonna huff and puff and blow your house down!!! Please go away Palin and take your ghost writer with you. What a charade.

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  22. Sean

    Shut it Palin

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. Ben

    When you're an unemployed Alaskan blogger you have to say increasingly more outrageous things to make the news. She's just going to get more ridiculous as time goes by.

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  24. Garofulaar

    But it's just fine for insurance companies to make these decisions to increase their profits?

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  25. David F Becker Sr

    Sarah, crawl back under your rock and look for your brain

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13