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. GenPatton

    A bit far fetched, but you Go Sarah.

    Every detail of this plan needs to be vetted completely, not like the Dems did in selecting this socializer.

    August 8, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  2. John

    Palin is right on the mark. She has the ability to explain complex issues in plain language.

    August 8, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  3. Brickyard Jimmy

    Well. She's upped David Letterman. Not only has she straight up lied to scare people but she's using her own child as a political tool. Much worse, in my mind, than making a joke about someone else's daughter. "Death Panel" is one of the most disgustingly disingenuous phrases I've ever heard. What a complete, bald-face liar.

    August 8, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  4. Darcy

    That woman is dangerous. What an idiot.

    August 8, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  5. Beau Ned Hicks

    "Death panel?" Where did she dig this up? Even the people who have actually read his proposals don't know about the death panel.

    The Republican side is relentlessly deceptive and divisive with no sign of co-operation or constructive contributions. Their constant rumor mongering and misrepresentation just makes them look worse all the time. Their own Senators are dropping out due to the embarrassment that continued association brings.

    And Sarah Palin is probably more concerned about her ability to get more cosmetic surgery than the welfare of any of the children in her life. At this point, the only people who find her credible are those who are even more stupid than she is.

    Wink if you think I might be talking about you.

    August 8, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  6. Jackson Brown

    Doesn't she realize this is exactly how the insurance industry runs right now...I have a Child with Cerebral Palsy and because we had a year gap with no insurance and his prior conditions no Private insurance company will cover us. I think anything the government can do to give us more options for health care can only help us in need.

    August 8, 2009 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. Nick

    Hey Palin... what are you doing in NYC? This is a liberal city that's not a part of real america remember? Oh that's right, you need to make a buck so you have to set foot in a liberal city. I'll tell you what's evil Palin... letting insurance and drug companies run a racket by charging $100 for drugs that cost .25 cents to make, when they sell the same drug in other developed countries such as the UK for $5 because other countries will not tolerate their racket. Only in America enough morons believe it's ok to fear government involvement in a basic necessity to sustain a progressing society such as health care. But then again, 44% of americans believe in a 6000 year old earth. Therefore, I'm not surprised we vote intellectually starved public officials such as Palin.

    August 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Alex

    Either Palin's understanding of the bill is as clear as her understanding of the VP's role in American government, or she is a bald-faced liar.

    August 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  9. Ryan Wing

    I can't believe these scare tactics are working.

    Right now my health care is decided by an insurance company which I pay 25% of my income to in premiums, copays and deductibles. In the insurance companie's case there is a profit motive to deny me coverage .... why don't people talk about that?

    August 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. Maria

    If private insurance companies decide that his son is worth treatment that is okay by Palin, though... The death panel is Palin and her kind, really...

    August 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Molly in MPLS

    This is full of such distortion that it is equivalent to yelling "fire" in a movie theater. There is free speech and then there is irresponsibility. While Ms Palin is now a private citizen, as is President Bush, you cannot just go around completely distorting the truth to promote your own agenda.

    August 8, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. Anne

    I'm sick of this woman and her lying mouth. The constant distortions by the right on this issue and others are laughable. They have no morality, no conscious, and no ideas so they lie, lie, lie.

    If the republicans are angry then I know Obama is doing the right thing.

    August 8, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  13. geshrwh

    Please... enough of Palin and her ridiculous comments.

    August 8, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. dreamer

    someone on goverment funded healthcare(maybie she should really look into the full health care debate instead of taking the side the lobbiest tell her to),but of course she don't make money that way.Her book is going to bomb.she is going to have to make sense and i just don't see that from her.Thoughts of a bimbo just don't make good reading.

    August 8, 2009 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. KK

    Palin's statement about her parents and Trig are sick. She will say anything to stay in the media limelight.

    August 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. John Mennel, Jr

    Sarah Palin's 15 seconds of fame should have ended 14 seconds early. Can we please move forward?

    August 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. Jeffrey West

    This is ridiculous. Kids as young as Trig have so much life left to live and so long to be productive members of society that under ANY system, including Germany/England/Canada, they are considered worthy of ANY treatment.

    She is purely talking to the republican town hall talking points here.

    I've never heard of countries murdering special needs kids because they don't want to pay for their treatment.

    And I'm PRETTY SURE WE WOULD HAVE heard of this in this day of twitter and iReports, its awfully hard to get away with killing kids these days in democratic societies...

    Saray just shut up and go away, PLEASSSSE.

    August 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  18. IG

    It is much more fair when only the ultra wealthy like the Palin' can afford quality care for their sick children. Why do we care about this girl's opinion about healthcare anyway? What makes her any sort of authority on this issue? It is about as relevant as Paris Hilton's opinion.

    August 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  19. IndyLinda

    Every time I think she can't get any more ridiculous, she surprises me. Republicans will never be taken seriously again until they can get back to a place where serious adults run the party, and not whackjobs like her.

    August 8, 2009 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  20. Alex Badme, Albuquerque, NM

    This is all about if you have money you can afford to buy the good care we recieve today. He's taking care of the Elite like when he jumped to his friend Gates side and called the cops stupid. He loves his stardom and "cool ride" and the retreats in the Hamptons for $70,000 a night. If you dont agree with him its because your too stupid. Hollywood elite love it. The rest of us get the cattle medical care, cue up and wait, then see the gov doctor. Kind of like a public defender in the courts. Its free but not good. The rest of our employers will drop us and we'll be on the cattle plan. Hope nothing is wrong with you.

    August 8, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  21. Andrew

    Sarah Palin doesn't even have a political career because she quite, so who cares about the crackpot comments she makes? Sarah Palin is quite simply a non-entity.

    August 8, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  22. katiec

    CNN, you have finally gone to the point of no return on reporting.
    To headline an article such as this has destroyed what little
    credibility, ethics you had left.
    Palin is very much responsible for inciting, feeding, supporting the
    anger, hate, prejudice and unrest within our country during her
    campaign. Her lies, distortions, unethical, dishonorable behavior was a black mark on politics in our country.
    And for you to print this article, make it a headline, support this trash
    puts you in the same category as her.
    With this irresponsible reporting you have stooped even lower
    than FOX.
    Intellitgen Americans are appalled at your actions.

    August 8, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  23. Obi won kenobi

    Sounds like attention mongering preceding her book deal.....look for more from her leading up to the book release....

    August 8, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  24. RomanX

    What I find so disingenuous about this whole health care debate, is how it seems most of the opponents of the bill (and honestly some of the proponents) have never even read the bill. They repeat the myths as fact.

    If Mrs. Palin had actually read the bill, she would know, that her child would not be marched off to a "death panel", but instead would be guaranteed care in spite of his previous condition.

    This issue (health care), is not just an issue of economic concern (escalating costs, and rampant collusion) but also one of civil rights. Right now those who have experience any major illness or accident are discriminated against. That is not how this country is suppossed to work.

    August 8, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  25. Failed Politics and A Wink!!!

    Sarah Palin and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota are 2 clueless
    evil Witches!!!

    August 8, 2009 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
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