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. Phil

    PALIN is such a DEMAGOGUE!!
    Here come the SCARE TACTICS!!! Politics as usual huh!!!!!
    What happen to being all Mavericky!!!!????
    Just the thought of Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann advising the American people about Health Care scares me!!!!
    What also scares me is that clueless and ignorant people believe this!!!!!

    August 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  2. Chris

    What a disgusting woman.

    August 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  3. baracuda

    This is the kind of stupidity that is fueling chaos and mayhem as Americans try to engage in a sensible discussion about health care. Surely Sarah Palin is not this ignorant but she sees an opportunity to use the confusion and misinformation people have to advance her dwindling political fortunes.

    For how long will this primitive woman drag her little baby into every debate in America. Leave the poor kid alone and take your backward politics somewhere else. You are an embarrassment to America. Imagine this fool was supposed our V.P a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    August 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. RWM

    This woman needs to stay away from politics since the media seems to be bashing her in her own mind and more so to stop spreading unthruths about Obama and associations on the campaign trail or this nonsensical untruth about a so called death panel which she regurgiates from Rush Limburgh. Once she starts reading she'll find out that you can keep your current health care and not sign on to the Governments health care public plan. It's amazing that she and others, birthers have not gotten over an election lost. The Republican party seem to have turned into a bunch of sore losers crybabies, hopefully to never be in power again to screw this country.

    August 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Susan

    Being the mother of special needs child & having access to medicaid, I can say unequivocally that Sarah Palin is even a bigger & more dangerous idiot than I previously thought.

    August 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  6. Steven T

    Yea! You go girl!!! Enough people screaming loud enough may yet be able to kill this non-health care "plan".

    August 8, 2009 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. D. Johnson

    I thought Sarah Palin was angry at the Comedian Letterman for talking about her daughter on his late nite show. Now she brings her baby with Down Syndrome into the debate and saying the President wants to Kill her her baby with Down Syndrome. Now if people start talking of her Down Syndrome baby, will she get angry? This woman is crazy and she uses her children for political purpose.

    I hope CNN and the media will call her on this, because regardless of what you think of the President plan, for somone to bring her sick child into this is wrong and using kids for political menas.

    August 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Lawrence Usher

    The Democrats need to just remain calm and respond with clarity and conciseness to the Republicans' distortion of the facts. The Republicans are destroying themselves before everyone's eyes. The Republicans are relying on fringe members to disrupt. Keep up the great work Palin!!!

    August 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. JRH

    The beast has arisen. What a complete clown she is. She is again using her children, how shameful. Please someone help her back to the frozen tundra so she can spew her ill-informed garbage to her own echo.

    August 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  10. Fred Clarke

    Please...using her kid to evoke pity and to try to get folks to listen to her mindless rambling. pathetic really. as vanity fair stated, she trys to bring up big issues but cannot fully understand the concepts nor the basic primary facts about much of anything as she lacks the mental ability and knowledge to do so. and to think...republicans feel this is what the country needs. wow. so many republican friends are deserting the party due to her. she is pathetic and not worthy of news space. please stop.

    August 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. barrystash

    Obama care would mandate the death of "defective" babies before they are born. And the elderly will be denied care that would extend their life in any way. We fought WWII to destroy such sick behavior in Nazi Germany. We must not allow Obama and his comrades to resurrect this sickenss on American soil.

    August 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  12. Just Me

    I just don't get where all the hysteria is coming from! And now from someone who, while I don't agree with her on some issues, I have in the past respected ,has jumped on the loony-mobile.
    Where does any of the bills state that there will be a "death panel"? Hospice and advanced care planning are wonderful services that have benefitted two close members of my family with terminal cancer. A third is now battling her PRIVATE insurance carrier over the right to recieve hospice care.

    August 8, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  13. jane

    Why do you still report on the activities or comments of Sarah Palin? She's not even a governor any more. What does she have to do with anything????

    August 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |

    These Republicans are not gonna be happy until someone gets seriously hurt,They are posioning peoples minds arousing anger THEY NEED TO STOP GROW UP AND HAVE A DEBATE LIKE ADULTS! And to this crackpot Palin first of all Quitter get a brain Get some Intelligence and just maybe people will listen to you you moron

    August 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  15. David M

    She is just stupid as usual and she doesn't know what she is talking about.

    August 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  16. Ladybird

    How dare anyone mention one of Palin's precious offspring. She has NEVER used them as political props to score points.. [/sacasm off]

    August 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  17. justin voigt

    OMG!!! THATS A BRILLIANT IDEA! THEN WE WOULDNT GO BANKRUPT? I like not paying $800,000 for someone who is destined to be on wellfare their entire life. Sounds.... pro-duc-tive...

    Lets all get used to the idea that 1. rich people should pay more. 2. everyone WILL pay more (cause we can't borrow) 3. people who are getting more than they are putting in need to be scaled back (and there is no nice way to do it).

    August 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  18. larry

    She trying to get a show on Fox News....where else can she put the stupid crap out and get paid for it.......Oh! I forgot CNN has good old Lou Dobbs so maybe she can get a show on CNN

    August 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  19. CVO

    Ok, this is just stupid. What does Palin think the insurance companies are doing right now? They choose who gets healthcare as well and I'm sure Obama's plan would allow more people to get healthcare than the current system.

    August 8, 2009 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. bob from Oregon

    Like so many other rants from Palin, she is over exaggerating. Check your facts and quit complaining, Sarah. Your book deal will more than pay for your son's care.

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  21. Andreas

    Interesting. I wonder how this quote of yours fits into this:
    "The only path to lower costs, she said, was less treatment."
    So next time your sick son needs care Mrs. Palin, why don't you Skipp a Dr. visit and save the system some money.

    I got mine, screw you, a proven republican mantra. This party has only got 2 kinds of 'followers', the 'greedy beyond measure', and the low IQ crowd.
    At this time on this planet every industrialized country views health care as a right of its people, not a privilege!

    I would not let my 3 year old take part in an 'adult' conversation, why would I let a republican?! I'm sorry it has come to this, but this is the sad state of affairs.

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  22. JAY

    The Obama and Democrats health care plan will be cheaper,
    not in monetary value , but in services. They will decide who
    gets procedures and who gets pain pills. I doubt if they will
    pay for the FUNERALS.

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  23. Mindy in Tennessee

    Would the MSM PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE stop giving this half-witted twit coverage??? She doesn't have the sense God gave a goose!!!

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  24. Tammy Baumgartel

    You forgot to mention that these concepts were introduced into the legislation by Republicans. Living Wills are a good idea and actually give you more control over what will happen at the end of your life. Sarah Palin is just joining the chorus of fear mongers who stand to personally benefit if health insurance reform is defeated. This stoops pretty low though and the imagery she conjures is outrageous – but Hey, it's Sarah.

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. shanghai

    I wonder why Mrs. Palin did not protect her older daughter the same way she is protecting us from Obama’s health plan. Is she applying two different standards?
    How come she did not accused her so called “son in law” of having sex with her underage daughter? I think that she needs protection too from the law. I am glad that she is doing something right for her son Trig.

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
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