August 8th, 2009
12:43 PM ET
12 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. mbhixenhill

    Boy! This oughta ease the misguided fears over health care reform. Sarah Palin doesn't write the crazy chain e-mails. She just reads them, then repeats them as truth. Is America really considering this woman in 2012?

    August 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  2. Jkay - KCMO

    This woman is evil. So who is preying on the weakest among us. Sarah who is spreading misinformation again. Another Ethics issue??

    August 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  3. Jason Bush

    The insanity of the right wing has surprised even me. They, including Palin, should be tried for treason due to their hatred for this great nation.

    August 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  4. Diana Uhlman

    Wake up! Health care is already being rationed. There are plenty of children who are losing out NOW. I know plenty of kids and adults with disabilities who are not receiving the care they need because they don't have jobs or parents with jobs and health care. I know elderly people who cannot get the medecine and treatments they need because they can't afford it. The status quo serves families like the Palins and they are happy with the rest of us losing out.

    August 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  5. nick

    I wish Palin and other Republican naysayers would engage in a meaningful dialog instead of spreading misinformation. As of yet there is no plan to critize and I doubt that Obama would sign a plan that rationed health care as Palin fears. But, Palin, it is already rationed to mothers and children who do not have a health plan since all those people get is "bandage care" if that. You,Plain, do not seem to care about them as long as you get and keep yours – stingy as always!

    August 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  6. Dustin

    Wow. Simply wow. What will they not spin? The fear tactics are tired and old.

    August 8, 2009 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Michelle

    I can not believe that people continue to listen to this woman. She takes incoherent -uneducated- fearmongering an all new level. Sightseeing in NYC and meeting with a book publisher??? She can't even speak let alone read...she is going to WRITE a book? The disturbing part is that it will fly off the shelves; maybe not, if her predictions are correct no one will be able to afford it. Ya betcha wink wink.

    August 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. JasV

    Will this incompetent ex-governor vanish into wherever she came from. If she cared that much about her people will she have abandoned them mid stream? Has she ever heard of Denmark? Let it be known that even children with worse medical situation than Trig get the best of medical care. She needs to read a lot more please

    August 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Denise

    This is another example of how these right wing loons think. They will try anything inlcuding lie to support big business and their campaign contributors. As far as Palin, she is already a complete failure and a misfortune for our country that she is given any platform on which to speak. What a fool!!!!

    August 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  10. lil

    That about what I would expect her to say. She knows better but instead of telling what the bill really says she would rather cause more rioting.
    People need to stop listening to people like her and fox news oh,and cnn' own lous dobbs and read for themselves. The people mostly women are making themselves look like fools. I sure would wouldnt want my picture all over the place looking stupid over something someone told me and not what I knew for myself.
    These people want listen and want let anyone else listen. That way no one get answers to important question.

    August 8, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  11. cheryl

    What planet are you living on Sarah? Health Care is rationed out now by insurance companies. Has been for years! And as a mother with a child that has mental health issues, I can tell you it's like pulling teeth to get something done. BTW, the sick, elderly, and the disabled have been suffering for years! Your tring to make it sound like everyone has first class health coverge.

    August 8, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. C Thurston

    If she really believes that "The only path to lower costs, she said, was less treatment.", she's even less intelligent than I suspected. People without health insurance end up using urgent care clinics and hospital emergency rooms instead of seeing their family doctor, wait longer before they seek medical care and end up costing taxpayers much more than they would have paid had the patient had health insurance.

    Universal health care works in other countries such as the Netherlands which has a longer life expectancy and lower infant mortality rate than the U.S.

    And don't forget Medicare, a 50 year old single payer. government administered program that is proven to work.

    August 8, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. cameron

    Wow, exploiting her downs-afflicted baby for political gain after accusing the Democrats of going after her kids. What a great person.

    August 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  14. Freeman

    Has anyone ever seen the movie John Q with Denzel Washington? If not watch it. After watching it I'm sure you will think twice about the great health insurance you have.

    August 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  15. Independent

    This lady uses her children when it is convenient

    August 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  16. Boston Guy

    If Palin was so concerned about the sick, disabled and the elderly having health care then why didn't she speak up when Bush was in power when he cut benefits from these same groups. As a Repurb all she knows how to do is spread fear with no real suggestions on health care other than making sure her rich supporters gets theirs for nothing. Anyway, she has to sell a book and that's all she really cares about at this time.

    August 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. linday

    You only need 1/2 a brain to see how irrational this is.

    August 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  18. Melissa

    And just who does Madam Palin thinks get left out of access to heallth care now? The elderly, the sick, the disabled...good gods, does she think before she speaks? Ever?

    Before I became disabled, I had never been without health care coverage, but the past decade has shown me just how horrible it is to need health care and be unable to afford it. I guarantee you neither Sarah Palin, nor any immediate family member of hers will ever, ever lack for access to proper, let alone minimal, health care, especially not as it stands. What is she scared of? That all Americans will have access to health care under Obama's plan? I think that's what truly frightens her, and her elitest GOP followers.

    This woman has no business speaking on any more weighty a subject than her beauty pageant days.

    August 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  19. josh

    WOW, it seems everybody is against the reform because not that it doesn't work or benefit the people but because they CAN NOT let Obama succeed!

    It amazes me!

    August 8, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  20. chuck

    It's amazing how conservatives distort and lie. They are not good for our country.

    August 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. k

    She only left out one fact: The FOR-PROFIT health insurance companies make this decision for us now. In the form of denying re-imbursement and dropping customers that are too ill for their business plans. Only they due it in the name of the "free market". So that makes it OK, I guess.

    For-profit companies should have one, and only one purpose: to maximize their profit margins. Whether they are selling cars or insurance, it doesn't matter. Otherwise they are not doing their job.

    Once more red-staters start finding they can't pay their medical bills with the current for-profit insurance system, they will start turning on nitwits like Palin, who are themselves very wealthy and are only using this issue (and guns, religion and abortion) to maintain political power.

    August 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. barrystash

    Mr Obama – please tell your followers to stop the hate speech and stop the violence toward those who dare to disagree with you. This is not Cuba or Kenya Mr. President, this is America. We will not be intimidated by you or your violent devotees.

    August 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. SA in OO

    The America Palin knows and loves, already does decide who lives and dies. The haves get health care through their employers, but increasingly that perk is going away.

    The rest can get care through the ER, because they can't be turned away, but it is too little and too late, and we all pay too much for this after the fact emergency care for patients who should have been seen sooner.

    Palin's kid was never at risk, but there are people in Alaska that are dying because they are denied care.

    August 8, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. Kevin

    More utter lunacy from the Wasilla Wackjob. How in the world does the press continue to air this woman's fringe–and completely counterfactual–views? Why don't you guys spend a little more time debunking the outright lies and nonsense being disseminated by the GOP about the proposed health care plan so that we can have a little intellectual honesty in this debate? In other words, how about doing your jobs for once?

    I won't hold my breath.

    August 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  25. Melissa

    Mrs. Palin needs to stop and think about things here. I find it ridiculous that while under the Bush regime many Americans including myself were not good enough to receive medical attention because of affordability. I am sick of her and wish she would just shut up and go away.
    But then, her own party is embarassed of her and she knows it. When she can present herself as nothing to hide with her own ethics issues, then maybe she might establish some credibility instead of being an incessant bunch of noise.

    August 8, 2009 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
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