August 8th, 2009
12:43 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin: Obama’s ‘death panel’ would decide Trig’s care

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="On her final day in office, Republican expressed a range of views about Gov. Palin's political future."] (CNN) - Sarah Palin is accusing President Obama’s health care plan of looking to create a “death panel” that would weigh whether her parents or son Trig were “worthy of health care.”

"Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized health care plan that the current administration is rushing through Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no, but hell no!" the former Alaska governor said in a post on her Facebook page late Friday.

In one of her first public policy statements since leaving office late last month, Palin discounted the administration’s view that the president’s plan would cut health care costs. The only path to lower costs, she said, was less treatment.

"And who will suffer the most when they ration care?" she wrote. "The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil."

Conservatives - including Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who Palin references in her post - have pointed to a provision in the House health care bill that calls for “advance care planning consultation.” The measure would make available to individuals the option of a consultation with a medical provider who would explain “advance care planning,” if they have not met with a senior medical practitioner within the previous five years. These sessions would be an optional benefit, and would not be mandatory under the legislation.

During these consultations, the doctor would answer questions about care, suggest other professionals to speak with, and offer an explanation of the legal definitions of living wills, powers of attorney and the role of a health care proxy. The doctor would also provide a list of national and state resources devoted to assisting individuals and families with advance care planning; inform people of existing end-of-life services like hospice care, and what sorts of financial benefits are available to help them take advantage of that support; and explain the meaning of different orders that relate to life-sustaining treatment.

The White House has not commented on Palin’s statement, which also takes aim at bioethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

Palin spent most of the past week in New York City with her family, sightseeing and meeting with her book publisher.

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soundoff (313 Responses)
  1. E. Elliott

    Just what page of the plan is this so called death panal on? I suggest that the plan for all Americans to have health care include shrinks. Reserve a couch for Cariboo Barbie.

    August 8, 2009 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  2. Jonno

    Palin is absolutely insane.

    August 8, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  3. danel

    Oh my! can there be any shallower than that?

    August 8, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. MK

    She is CRAZY STUPID. She belongs in the looney bin. What a fool. I don't even have the words to describe how stupid I think she is.

    What makes anyone who believes this crap think that "we" will ever let that happen? I have had it with people who push fear and stupidity as their life's work. I am an American and I would run to Washington D.C. with my forks (if I have to) to help take over our Government if they ever step over the line. It is what we all should have done when Bush was in office.

    To Palin, shup the f up. Take your child (that you carry like a sack of potatoes and exploit to no end) and go away.....stay away from the civilized world.

    August 8, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. ib

    I agree with Palin on this and I'm one of those seniors she is talking about. I'm sure the far left will be all over her as usual because they are afraid of her in any form. Keep it far left you are not destroying her; you are helping her.

    August 8, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. Colorado Cowboy

    Once again, the Republican party and its operatives continue their fear campaign based COMPLETELY on lies. Anyone with half a brain, which unfortunately seems to exclude most Republicans, can see the merits of this end of life discussion between a doctor and patient. Too many people are simply afraid to address the realities of life, which includes its end. We all need to make preparations for our care should we ever become critically ill, so that OUR WISHES, not someone's else's, will be carried out when we are not capable of doing so ourselves.

    August 8, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  7. John

    It's good that she is worried about her grandchild which has Down Syndrome, but I'm still waiting for something from the Conservatives besides finger pointing.... Just state the facts and maybe the public will have a different reaction than what they saw with the election... The majority of Americans that are able to think for ourselves no longer respond to mudslinging!

    August 8, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  8. Kathleen

    I thought she stepped down as Governor to protect her family from being in the spotlight? Funny, that.

    August 8, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  9. SkiDoc

    We need Sarah Palin to stay active on the national front. We are slowly recognizing that President Teleprompter's change is not what we want. Bring it on is simply wonderful to watch the lib feminists go nuts.

    August 8, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  10. Pat

    What a shock for Alaskans to discover that their exgovernor palin is one of the fringe element psychos in our country; one of the very elements that William F. Buckley Jr. and Ronald Reagan worked to keep out of the Republican party but since Reagan 's terms these elements have slowly taken over the Republican party and have now turned it into a party of the crazies which is why it is so easy to convince them of ANYTHING no matter how bizarre. *sigh*

    August 8, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  11. Tom C

    I wonder if Sarah has even read the proposal. I think these republicans are dead set against any proposal. They cannot afford bipartisanship because if something good comes out of it, then that is bad for them. They will be against everything that is suggested.

    August 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  12. Bill or Vin from Philly

    to use her child is pathetic, then she wonders why shes in the rader.

    only the dumbest white women alive can't figure it out maybe she should ask Joe the fake plumber for advice,

    August 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |

    sarah palin is an idiot.She is a hate monger and is using scare tatics Health care reform will allow families with diabled children and no healthcare to get treatment.

    August 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  14. kelly

    This is ridiculous. Giving people information on 'end of life' services (which are pretty complicated) is not the same as a 'death panel'. Can politicians stop being so alarmist and actually present us with the plain facts of this bill? Statements like this are DIVIDING OUR COUNTRY.

    By the way, I am 23 and have a living will, which states in detail what I want in case I fall into a coma or die.

    August 8, 2009 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  15. Joannie Reeves

    Can you believe this woman? I have never seen a person that could ignite so much discord/unrest/add fuel to the fire on an controversial issue. There are so many people that have no insurance or resource to get any kind of medical care here in the united states, it is really sad, because most of us work hard every day. Why is it that people like her would begrudge setting up a system that we could afford to pay into to get some health care too? It just does not make much sense to me. And to use disable children to try and make them into victims with a lie. That is very low down dirty rotten.

    August 8, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  16. Paul C.

    Talk about a giant leap of logic and a disturbing thought pattern .
    Only a mentally disturbed person could reason that Obama, or anyone in the government, is contemplating a "Death Panel".
    As paranoid as Palin is I am sure she see the need for one to deal with her many enemies.

    August 8, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  17. Fed up

    Obama has already told the elderly that they will have to get used to their illnesses. After all, only he and his wife should have health care after 50. Why would it be any different for the young? BUT, it's the Republicans that are setting up this anger in the US. We have no brains to get upset because this stuff is being ramrodded through with no time to read the, I'm sure, very fine print. We only have enough sense to vote for the people that promise us a free life, free health care, money coming in the door without having to go out and work. We can all stay home and rake in the dough. Sorry folks, but I would rather go out to work than be on the dole when I am able-bodied.

    August 8, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  18. Joann

    I cannot believe the ignorance of this woman. It is only matched by those who support her.

    August 8, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  19. scott

    This woman represents the Worst our country has to offer. What a terrible person. The only thing missing at het Hate Rallys is a Nazi symbol or White hood. Very dangerous the hate and discord she brings to the table. Remember the shouts of "KILL HIM" while she smiled during the Presidential campaign? Enough said

    August 8, 2009 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. adods

    Of all the dishonest, stupid and un-American statement to come out of this women's mouth, this is by far a new low. If you are going to oppose something do so on the actual facts and merits of the issue not this sort of twisted drivel.

    August 8, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  21. Sue

    For God's sake, this is not in the bill! The insurance companies are currently making the decision about who gets treatment and who doesn't...under the new plan, the PATIENT will make the choice. Do you understand that there is no 'death panel'? There is an option to talk with an end-of-life expert to decide FOR yourself what the best options are. This is already out there...I had a dear friend of 82 looking at brain surgery, and he and his wife spent time with such a person so he could express his wishes should the surgery not be successful. There was no 'death panel.' Maybe Mrs. Palin ought to read a little more and listen to Hannity and Rush a few hours less per day. But I guess it's easier for her to just spout off, since she never feels it necessary to admit a mistake anyway.

    August 8, 2009 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Jose

    Poor victim Sarah. Everyone is out to get her and her son. Come on Sarah – grow up!

    August 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. a southern progressive

    so she would rather he elderly parents and son trig stand in front of greedy corporatations to decide the fate of their lives... is she, or for that matter, those against health care reform, i living in the real world. the world where a family pays thousands of dollars a month in health insurance premiums and then have a five thousand dollar deductible for procedures that have to be approved by the same health insurnace companies that you are paying thousands of dollars to..... really , are they that ingornant to think the current for-profit capitilist health care system is fine the way it is... stupid is as stupid says.

    August 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  24. Daniel

    Go away Palin!!

    August 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  25. Michigan

    Just who is taking care of dear Trig anyway, now that Palin has left her job? I would hope that Alaska doesn't have some lifetime insurance for governors who leave their posts.

    August 8, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
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