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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  1. phoenix86

    There will be a lot of hateful and shameful comments to appear on this blog attacking Sarah Palin. However, Palin is right. If you look at the plan and what it establishes in terms of healthcare, it is healthcare by "selection".

    August 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  2. Mike

    I love that Palin is quoting chain emails. Is this the best the Republican party has to offer? Does she not care about the millions of people who do not have health care now? What about all of the sick that are lacking insurance now? All she cares about is herself. Self centered (expletive). She has no business in the public light.

    August 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  3. michael lavalley

    Dont put your kids out there if you dont want people commenting however they want on them. People like Palin are driving costs up by having so many kids. By the time the 12th one comes out its retarded or has other major complications. Save the country by wearing a condom or aborting that mistake.

    August 8, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  4. obamapublican

    Incredulous. Wasn't it just last week when she stood before us all and said "Stop making stuff up?" This is flagrant distortion of the very provisions of the bill which members of the Republican Party inserted in the bill, making this desired, previously-unreimbursed type of personal planning available as an option to patients (i.e., a patient's right if they want to do it not mandatory in any way). Until it was in a proposal that Obama is supporting, Republicans hailed this idea as part of an individual's right to self determination that keeps the state out of your end of life decisions if you didn't have the foresight to plan ahead yourself. This is precisely the type of alleged distortions she herself accused the MSM of perpetrating against her. And the "grass-roots" kooks we see screaming and railing against Obama and health care reform now are buying this garbage hook-line-and-sinker. Amazing, well "The blind leading the blind" is what I think everytime i see one of these "Palin 2012" bumper stickers.

    August 8, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. hjhaney

    Trig has a pre-existing condition. Now that your a private citizen, you might find it difficult to find insurance. Now that's a real "Death Panel" unlike the imaginary one that you see in the health care reform package.

    August 8, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. Scott Heff

    Could Mrs. Palin kindly give an exact source for her fears about less care for her son ?

    I wish she would stop USING her family for politcal comments. I find it especially distastefull.

    August 8, 2009 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. Dean

    Palin – Bachmann 2012. Only they can rid the country of evil doers and unpatriotic types. Maybe they can run on the platform of insuring women are not denied the right to give birth.

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

    only God has that much power, she is a sick woman.

    August 8, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  9. Eric from Indiana

    This woman makes me sick. God forbid anyone in the media ever mention her family, especially her special needs child. However, she can thrown him in the spotlight over and over again as long as it benefits her own self interests. Now President Obama is going to form a "Death Panel" specifically to deny special needs children like her son care? The more this woman spews her crap out of her mouth the more I am disgusted by her. Since the President is going to be forming this death panel, I wonder how many members of Congress will be forced to die seeing as how there are quite a few who are over the age of 65, many with pre-existing John McCain. Give me a break.

    August 8, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  10. Susan

    There is no 'death panel!' I wish the right's fear of a black President would quit manifesting itself in these lies. There are already people who talk to the elderly about their wishes for end-of-life care. This is not a is an OPTION that will be paid for under the plan. Having this discussion is important because if a person prefers a DNR, that has to be noted, or you could be kept alive as a vegetable. If you want to stay at home as long as possible, someone needs to know that.
    As for the disabled, no one is going to kill them either. This woman listens to too much Rush and Hannity. As she said, "Sarah, please quit making things up!"

    August 8, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  11. csh

    Ugh- this woman is just painful.

    Painfully ignorant...painfully misinformed....painfully unqualified.....

    August 8, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Rush is a gas bag

    Between her and Virginia Foxx spewing their half baked rhetoric, no wonder people are getting scared. They are making it impossible to have a RATIONAL conversation so that we can reach a COMPROMISE and move forward. I have never been more disgusted with American politics. Foxx and Palin are absolutely the worst my old party has ever produced.

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

    This woman is certifiably insane.

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  14. The new GOP party of NO, racism, and hate is emerging

    "The only path to lower costs, Pain-lin said, was less treatment" – Ok, now I know this woman doesn't have a brain in her egg-head; does she really believe that higher cost guaranty better healthcare?....that means she likes the status quo...with the cost of healthcare rising. she got millions anywayz; so she can afford to save Trig and the rest of her inbecile & out-of-wedlock child bearing kids....from the lower cost "death panel" or opps healthcare.

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  15. Ronald Clowney

    Man. I thought Sarah Palin would be talking like she has some intelligience. She is a lame-brain in or our of public life. What a shame! And, I thought she was a smart person caught-up with the wrong folks!

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  16. Tim

    This is Sarah doing what she does best: spreading lies and encouraging uneducated Americans to disrupt the process of democracy. She doesn't get it, so she strikes with the only thing she has..her ignorance. There are many issues to be concerned about in America. Perhaps the most disturbing is that this woman actually won public office.

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  17. MomofFour

    This is not about healthcare. This is about taking over 1/6 of the economy. I do not know any doctor in my area who thinks this is a good plan. This is about expanding government and fraud. With the economy teetering on bankruptcy the Democrats want us to believe that they can launch a takeover of the healthcare industry, make it efficient and cost effective and help the economy. That's just ridiculous. Now they dismiss the people with concerns and bus in their hired goons from SEIU and ACORN and then call us "mobs". Wake up people!!! This is not democracy. This is a takeover.

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  18. Tired of Sludge

    That woman is shameless, clueless and reckless.

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  19. Dan

    The insurance companies are doing that now and it's based on profit not needed care. It's time to take care of everyone- not just the ones who can afford it. Maybe if Sara Palin was living in a low income area
    with no money, she might just have a different outlook. Where would you family be then!

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  20. Bobc

    That's it Sarah. Keep dragging your kids in front of you and whine how the media picks on them.

    How an airhead like her made it in politics is a REAL mystery.

    August 8, 2009 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  21. Jables

    Why is she lying?

    August 8, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  22. Karen

    I have a special needs child and I can confirm that as a special needs child she and Trig both qualify for medicaid. The Obama plan would not effect either child. I think if Sarah would spend as much time reading as she does comp[laining and "tweeting" she would know that!

    August 8, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  23. Bob

    Just more proof Sarah Palin either can't read, chooses not to read, or just simply ignores reality. Or perhaps they haven't covered the facts surrounding healthcare in Runner's World. Bottom line, demagoguery such as this is shameful, but unfortunately appears to work in her circle of followers. Let's hope the a majority of the people don't fall for it.

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

    Well, technically I think Palin's fear of her aging parents and her son having to beg for care is a non-starter. After all, I am sure that with all the money she will earn writing her book, the entire family will be safe and sound. I'm tired of wealthy political players having the right to comment on MY care!

    I am interested to see the Administration's plan and hopeful it will mirror, in some way, Canada's. I lived and worked there for a year and was able to enjoy the health care was great! I am happy to pay more tax on booze and other luxuries to help cover the cost....why not?!?

    August 8, 2009 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  25. Tracy

    She's right. I'd go on, but certainly I'd be reported for disagreeing with the president's health care plan.

    August 8, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
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