Palin jumps onto defund Obamacare effort
August 27th, 2013
10:53 AM ET
11 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.


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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    "If the Independent Payment Advisory Board is not a "death panel", then what is it?"

    Oh it's a death panel alright, and we're going to use it to target conservatives...mwahahahahahahaha!!!!

    Grow up.

    August 27, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  2. Econ301

    @Tom I. " Independent Payment Advisory Board"

    It's a board which sets standard rates to pay. Similar to Medicare and Medicaid, is Medicare a death sentence, the people on it don't seem to think so.

    Also if this is your concern who do you want deciding what care you receive, the Government who wants to keep you alive to keep you voting, or the Business which wants to make the best profit? Who do you think is more likely to decide you aren't worth the cost?

    August 27, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    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.
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    Next year? She's doing it now. Can you imagine the outrageous reaction on the right if a liberal voice currently working on a cable network as a political commentator decided to go out campaigning for legislation currently before the Congress?

    I know MSNBC prohibits their people from openly supporting candidates and politicians. She's signing a petition with active members of Congress. If she signs it, then Fox News should fire her for it.

    August 27, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    ROFLMAO Sniffit!!

    August 27, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  5. Jeff in Virginia

    Please proceed, governor.

    August 27, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Just like an opportunistic Cancer cell, she shows up just when you least want to see her.

    August 27, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  7. Babyboomer

    All I can say is Oh Lord, here we go again. CNN, please stop...

    August 27, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Mark in Seattle

    But won't she be too busy quitting something?

    August 27, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  9. Fair is Fair

    "I know MSNBC prohibits their people from openly supporting candidates and politicians."
    -------–
    If so, they're miserably failing at enforcement.

    August 27, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    "ROFLMAO Sniffit!!"

    Me too. Luckily I've learned the hard way not take a sip of my coffee while reading the comment section. Data got me good the other day. My keyboard is still a bit sticky.

    August 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  11. TomInRochNY

    Defend this republic from who, Sarah? Your fellow Americans that don't share your views?

    August 27, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  12. vikingwoman

    Of course Sarah Pay-lin jumps on anything that will keep her in the news, including agreeing w/Ashton Kutcher, a Hollywood liberal(I agree w/him too & am also a liberal)! Earth to Sarah, working Americans are having trouble finding affordable healthcare right now, especially since her cronies are shutting down healthclinics all over their states! BTW, voters Will, not could, remember who is threatning government shutdown!!

    August 27, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. tom l.

    @econ
    "Also if this is your concern who do you want deciding what care you receive, the Government who wants to keep you alive to keep you voting, or the Business which wants to make the best profit? Who do you think is more likely to decide you aren't worth the cost?"

    I will take the efficiency of business over the beaucracy of govt any day. You can believe in the govt if you want to (as is the norm for liberals who actually think the govt cares abouty you) but I have no faith in the govt. I am in shock that you actually believe the govt cares about you.

    August 27, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    Good ones Sniffit and Jeff Brown New Jersey!!!

    August 27, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  15. Joan

    All of the other civilized countries who have universal health care and make sure that all of their citizens have basic health care access are baffled and dismayed at the apparent disregard many Americans have for their fellow citizens, especially those who are struggling. The States pay more per capita, have lower life expectancy, higher infant death mortality and more people going bankrupt because of serious health issues than all of the other countries. That's pretty sad for the once great America. The heartless and greedy comments by some on the right are very revealing. What is their plan for helping to look after their fellow Americans? It seems that the only ones really benefitting from the old health care system were the wealthy who could afford it, the huge HMO's and the hospitals who charge double for the care than other countries. Something is very wrong with this picture. Since Obama Care (or Romney Care) is law and was upheld by the Supreme Court, those who oppose it are wasting everyone's time and playing to their base for the 2014 elections. Shameful.

    August 27, 2013 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Pam from Iowa

    Someone please tell this awful woman to go sit in a corner, and do not speak unless spoken too!

    August 27, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. TONE

    Mamma grizzlie is back on the attack,without tack, and don't know jack. I just don't know what to come up with just a little rap

    August 27, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Lynda/Minnesota

    "What is their plan for helping to look after their fellow Americans?"

    I'm going out on a limb here, but I'm guessing we let the just let them die off natural like. If my memory serves, that scenario gained a great deal of applause during the RNC presidential election debates of 2012.

    August 27, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "I will take the efficiency of business over the beaucracy of govt any day."

    You mean the efficiency of the health insurance industry that has for several decades been so efficient at providing insurance to people that 40M Americans are without it and unable to get it? The health insurance industry that is so efficient at providing insurance that it is freaking out over its overhead being limited by the ACA to 20% of the premiums collected while Medicare operates with 1.5%-3.0% overhead (depending on the study you're looking at)?

    " I am in shock that you actually believe the govt cares about you."

    Considering this is a democracy and everyone is, ultimately, beholden to the voters, gov't has far more reason to care about you than any business does. 40M uninsured Americans can attest to that.

    August 27, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "I know MSNBC prohibits their people from openly supporting candidates and politicians."

    If so, they're miserably failing at enforcement.
    --------------------------
    Don't you miss Keith Olberman. Don't you understand the difference between discussing political issues and openly endorsing candidates and politicians.? Do you? Do you understand Al Sharpton celebrating the anniversary of a 50 year old speech has nothing to do with current legislation before the Congress, nor any active politician anywhere in this country?

    Don't you understand that when a television analyst makes a speech to announce that they are going to sign a petition with other politician that that is crossing the line? Don't you understand that when that happens the media outlet ceases being a media outlet and becomes a political group, which is subject to different tax and financial laws? Do you think Fox realizes that Palin will force them to immediately fire her?

    August 27, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. Mactsr

    So If Obamacare is defunded. Do the Republicans have any idea how to fix the American health care crisis. Other than the old " apple a day keeps the doctor away".

    August 27, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. Bob

    The Whiner from Wasilla....... spouting more lies.

    August 27, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  23. Mikey

    Okay, now this effort has the "Sarah Palin Stupid Idea Seal of Approval". Wonderful !!!

    August 27, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Tom

    Well now it's official - another government shutdown scheme by Republicans is a certified stupid idea. If Sarah Palin in on board you know it's bad.

    August 27, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  25. Mikey

    @Rudy – "Don't you understand....."
    ******************************
    No, he doesn't – nor will he....... ever. But please keep making your points. Your audience is all the reasonable people reading these debates, not the ultra-right-wingers who will never, ever undersand just how wrongheaded they are. Keep up the good work.

    August 27, 2013 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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