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. andrewstl

    sarah your son having you as a mother is the most pressing issue. you dont understand how the plan would work u twit. shut your hole and play big time witht e beocons who dont matter u fool

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Corey

    I am so disgusted by what these clowns are saying. Such lies and bs. But what is even worse is all of the people who blindly eat this bs. Shoot... investigate, read, and learn then make a choice don't just read/listen/look at a few horrible sources and regurgitate whatever poison you swallowed. There is no "death boards" or euthanasia crap...all of that is coming from the companies, liars, and politicians who have failed you as an American voter.

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. STFU

    Why are you guys giving her a platform? Her words are irrevelant because she is nothing! At least Obama is doing something! What is her solution to health care reform. Im a 24 year old college student who can't afford health insurance! Pass the bill and raise the rich peoples taxes because they have money to afford it!

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  4. Chris

    This woman is so ignorant she should be arrested. I'm all for free speech, but would someone please shut this rube up!?

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  5. rob

    Trig is Bristol's first mistake. And the biggest threat to Trig is psycho grandma

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  6. magella

    Seriously. Does anyone NOT see through this woman? All her proclamations come on Friday afternoons (slow news days, where they are sure to get more attention than they would otherwise). She says she is trying to avoid the media but asks to sit at the front of restaurants in NYC. And then she spouts garbage like this, which her followers will eat up and respew for years to come.

    What is truly evil here is Sarah Palin herself. She seems not to care about the millions of people, disabled or not, who have no health care now because of the greedy industry that provides it. But Sarah is not one to let the facts ever stand in her way.

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  7. MatthewDetroit

    You may like her. You may not. But she is correct.
    They will (the goverment) decide who lives who dies. Who gets health care and who does not.
    The elderly will suffer the most.
    I would rather health care stay exactly as it is.

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  8. Dan

    Just say NO to Obama's health care proposal. It must be in writing and spelling out the details how the government is going to run our health care, not some package rammed through congress without every page reviewed and discussed.

    August 8, 2009 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  9. Aspen Professor

    When a fool speaks, fools listen. The list of fools grows. Palin, Limbaugh, Rove, Cheney, Hannity, O'Reilly, Coulter, the Birthers, on and on, all making fools of themselves, all being tuned in by fools.

    August 8, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  10. wavethatflag

    Great to see Sarah weighing in on this. Her in-depth analysis is so welcome. Next she should claim that all conservatives will be forced to face an execution squad if this evil bill passes.

    August 8, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Stop crying

    Isn't she regular citizen now? She is no longer elected official right? She need to walk a chalk line.

    August 8, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  12. Ken in Gainesville

    Sarah Palin is a lying shrew. I would think her parents would have taught her that lying is a sin, but obviously not. Trust me, she will NEVER win national political office. Go back under your rock with Ann Coulter.

    August 8, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  13. timz

    I can't decide if this woman is dishonest, stupid, or some combination of the two.

    August 8, 2009 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  14. Michigan

    What is evil is your ability to lie and manipulate facts. You are a master at phony outrage. I'm surprised you aren't on the abortion bandwagon too, another thing that is not in the bill.

    August 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  15. patricia campbell

    Amen to that FACT. Big Brother does not want anyone but healthy people to be around. No people with any disabilities, frailities or ongoing health problems. He wants them eliminated. End of story.

    August 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  16. g ontario

    I becha sarah gets free health care bye-golly

    August 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  17. David Anderson

    Great news! Sarah Palin consolidates her lunatic-fringe base! You go nutcase!

    August 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  18. Gus

    The question now is whether she is utterly dishonest or just utterly stupid. Either way, the Party of Lincoln probably deserves better. Yikes.

    August 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Larry

    Palin you wouldn't know the truth if you fell over it. You're just another desperate Republican afraid of what her future is.

    There will be no death panels under the new health care plan.

    Not only are you a very stupid woman, you've lost what little mind you ever had.

    August 8, 2009 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  20. NC DEM

    Ms Palin is quickly progressing from an uninformed, slightly ridiculous footnote to the 2008 election to a still uninformed, obviously ridiculous liar. Between her "scare tactics" comments, and her continued willingness to use her special needs child as a political prop, she represents all of the reasons why the Republicans are becoming irrelevant.

    August 8, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  21. K A S in NC

    OHHH Please, Stop it already. Hey Botox Bimbo, you don't qualify for goverment assistance. Its got to do something with Money or the lack of. And while on the subject, If you feel that public health plans are socialist, then medicare and medicad are also. So I guess we need to bring them to an end also. socialist is socialist. Go read a book or something to bring up your inteligance level from zero.

    August 8, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  22. MomofFour

    As an advocate for the developmentally disabled for a decade I can't think of anything more scary than this health care plan. We have spent decades and decades defending the rights of those who are unable to speak for themselves and now the government wants the right to decide for them if they are worthy of "saving". This is horrendous. This is the United States of America....we came to this country to fight for our freedom FROM government. The progressive movement wants to take us back to government control. The government does not always know what's best. The Democrats have gone too far. This is NOT the change people wanted.

    August 8, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  23. Mycountryshiddedonme

    If you have insurance already, you keep your plan...I don't understand why ppl keep distorting this legislation so much...debate is debate, but lies are misstatements are rediculous...

    August 8, 2009 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  24. Travis

    This lady is SUCH a moron!!!! Doesn't she realize that nobody cares what she has to say?????

    August 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  25. Michael

    Go back to sleep quitter.

    August 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
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