Palin jumps onto defund Obamacare effort
August 27th, 2013
10:53 AM ET
12 months ago

Palin jumps onto defund Obamacare effort

(CNN) – The effort by some Capitol Hill Republicans to wield leverage in upcoming budget battles in order to defund President Barack Obama's health care law gained the backing of Sarah Palin Tuesday.

The former Alaska governor and one-time GOP vice presidential nominee said she was signing on to a petition launched by conservative U.S. senators who say they won't support any measure funding the federal government that includes support for Obamacare.

"Those in the Senate and those seeking to serve there must stand strong against this devastating program before it reveals its true face now recognized by both sides of the aisle as the bureaucratic and economic beast that will deny our families, our businesses, and our sick the ability to access health care," Palin said in a statement distributed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a grassroots group that is urging lawmakers to sign onto the plan.

Palin said she was signing onto a petition from the group for the defund Obamacare effort. Backed by Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Marco Rubio of Florida, the effort presses Republican lawmakers to pledge their opposition to any government funding measure that also funds the Affordable Care Act.

"The time for rhetoric and ceremonial votes in Congress is over. The time to take serious action to stop Obamacare is now," Palin wrote.

Many Republicans oppose the tactic, saying even the threat of a government shutdown could alienate voters who are tired of partisan bickering over the nation's finances.

Cruz, in an interview last week with CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley, conceded the votes weren't there yet for the plan to succeed. But he predicted a "grassroots tsunami" would lift the plan in the next month.

Palin, who in 2009 stepped down as Alaska governor in the middle of her term, currently acts as a commentator on the Fox News Channel. She told CNN earlier this summer she would definitely hit the campaign trail for fellow Republicans next year.

"Time's-a-wasting. Things are moving really quickly and if we don't get out there and defend this republic then America will be transformed into something we do not recognize," she told CNN.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: Health care • Sarah Palin
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    I thought we've been through all this, CNN. Palin is no longer a political figure worth quoting. She's an entertainer on a competing network.

    August 27, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  2. Sniffit

    "The time for rhetoric and ceremonial votes in Congress is over."

    Except that's all it would be if they did exactly what Cruz, Lee, Rubio and the Teatrolls are demanding...entirely ineffectual rhetoric and flaccid symbolic wang waving. Don't let reality and the facts creep in on you though, guys...please proceed...DARE YA.

    August 27, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. California Gary

    So she adds her "weight" to the argument..........and what weight would that be? She is as "lightweight" as they come in the political world. Still John McCain's biggest embarrassment.

    August 27, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. sonny chapman

    Aha ! She's the brains behind the Movement. She probably smells a buck too.

    August 27, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Amazing. They're going to shut down the government and claim, "Obama made us do it." The amazing part is not that they would do it, but rather how thoroughly the drones will accept the explanation as sensible and reasonable.

    August 27, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    This is not a slow news day, CNN: do you go out trying to find quotes from Walter Mondale or Dan Quayle? Of course not. The crucial difference between them and Palin is that they at least were on a winning ticket.

    August 27, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. ST

    Will this woman ever be serious in anything? She thinks all the time it is about jumping up and down, using Facebook as her platform, opposing everything without thinking about consequences, confusing people who have difficulties to think themselves (as she is herself) etc. etc. Sen. McCain really brought a huge burden to people.

    August 27, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh oh. I might have to push aside the sunscreen for just a bit.

    Psst. CNN. Palin and her Facebook rantings? Not relevant to politics. She never was. Relevant.

    August 27, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  9. Monet

    Enough of this. Palin is so past and irrelevant. Please stop writing about Sarah palin.

    August 27, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  10. Southeast

    Palin just need some more rice, make it brown rice.

    August 27, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "She probably smells a buck too."

    There's a moose joke in there somewhere.

    August 27, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  12. 0g

    i got mine and it don,t cost me a dime

    August 27, 2013 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. jinx9to88

    Good grief!! Dangit, GOP you awoke queen crazy!! Now all this circus needs is just one more crazy person, has anyone seen Michelle Bachmann? LMAO!

    August 27, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Econ301

    I'm tired of Contrarians.
    Either explain and promote your policy or stop whining.
    Contrarianism didn't work for Kerry, I didn't work for Romney and it won't work now...

    August 27, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. Durundal

    This is what happens when you give voice to people who cannot critically think and choose to see the world through the lens of 'good' or 'evil' instead of understanding the nuances of decisions and policies. Anytime I hear someone say 'its that simple' I get the urge to throw a policy book at their head.

    August 27, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Uhhuh

    Given the fact that stupidity is a preexisting condition, you would think she'd be in favor of Obamacare.

    August 27, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Palin Power

    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin! President Palin will put an end to Obamacare once and for all. Only she has the power and gravitas to do so!

    August 27, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  18. tom l.

    Red meat for the lefties here. Here's the thing, though – If the Independent Payment Advisory Board is not a "death panel", then what is it?

    August 27, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Warren

    Palin Power
    Behold our next and greatest President Sarah Palin! President Palin will put an end to Obamacare once and for all. Only she has the power and gravitas to do so!

    Too too funny Great Joke...

    August 27, 2013 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Sniffit
    "She probably smells a buck too."

    There's a moose joke in there somewhere.
    ------–

    LOL Sniffit. I haven't heard that particular joke for years!!!

    August 27, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Shut up, I'm trying to listen to what Palin has to say on the subject!
    Bwahahahahahahahaha.

    August 27, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. the hippies were right

    Ok Palin, go ahead and sign the petition to defund Obamacare. I'm going to use my weight to sign one to fund Obamacare. There, we're even!

    August 27, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. California Gary

    I think what's happened is that Ted, Mike, and Marco have started to "out-crazy" her........and being the competitive person she is, she just has to get back into the mix. And I agree Sniffit.......I see a moose joke in there too! LMAO.

    August 27, 2013 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    It's obvious that elections and the will of the American People don't mean anything to Republicans when the lose elections.

    August 27, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  25. Sniffit

    To be fair...a male moose is a bull, not a buck, but I couldn't resist.

    August 27, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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