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. justin voigt

    i dont think i can listen to sarah for more than 2 minutes without rolling my eyes.

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  2. James

    I think she's getting Obama's plan mixed up with the status quo. The whole point of a public option is to create a service that will treat people that the current private insurance will not for financial reasons.

    August 8, 2009 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  3. Nina

    Sarah Palin knows she is just making up this whole "death panel" thing. It's a total distortion, but once again she is willing to use one of her children as a political prop. Shame on her for using her children in this way, and shame on her trying to deceive the American people on the real need for health insurance reform.

    August 8, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  4. Andrew in STL

    I really wish this woman would just go away. Until (if ever) she knows what she is talking about, she needs to learn how to keep her mouth shut, the rest of us will be smarter for not having to listen to her idiocy.

    August 8, 2009 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  5. Michigan Deb

    Oh my we go with FEAR TACTICS again...does the Republican politicians ever stop???? I guess Health care is just meant for the Rich, and deserving in society, and the rest can fall by the wayside correct??? Not in my heart it isn't. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ENTITITLED to quality, affordable health care...not just the few!!!

    August 8, 2009 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  6. Manny

    Lol, the woman is a delusional propagandist, a wingnut to the extreme. More lies and fear mongering from an outdated political party gasping for it's last dying breath.

    August 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Taff

    She may well have a point about this healthcare debate or not, doesn't really matter. It's a shame she has to use her disabled son as a political football. I wonder what he will think of his mother when he grows up.

    August 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  8. Fair n'balanced

    Does the exgovernor suggest that death panels by private insurance companies are any better? I seem to know a LOT of stories of insurance companies denying procedures that could be life saving under the bais of cost or its expiremental. Sarah, please spreading fear is not the way to the oval office.

    August 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Barry

    She is so cute!

    August 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  10. John

    You are a quitter. You incompetance is mystifying. Really, who takes heed in what you say?

    August 8, 2009 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  11. Evergladesgirl

    Her statement is unbelievable. Why can't she contribute something constructive to the debate. With her it is always no solution, just fear mongering.

    August 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  12. A little sad

    Exploiting one of her children to garner attention again. What a surprise!

    And lying about the content of the plan.

    No surprise there either!

    August 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  13. Brad

    If only the opinion of a quitter carried weight.

    August 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  14. Electric52

    Aren't we being just a tad bit dramatic Sarah? .... "Death panel" What amuses me about the Republican party is that you deal in fear. So tell me sweet cheeks (oh my ... I'm being dramatic) ... how would YOU solve the health care crisis. OH YES that's right ... didn't you know? .... There's a health care crises to where eventually NOBODY is going to be able to afford health care.

    August 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  15. Allen Glover

    Who cares what she says. She is just flat out dumb, dumb dumb.

    August 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  16. CR

    Not much going for her except the ability to spew fear, hate, and ignorance. No thanks.

    August 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  17. Jeffrey Middleton

    Belligerance is the currency of the intellectually bankrupt – Charles M. Blow

    August 8, 2009 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  18. Chris

    what a hypocrite! she tells the media to keep her kids out of the spotlight but she keeps throwing them in there every chance she gets to further her political agenda. palin will do anything for attention at whatever cost to her children.

    August 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  19. Coherent1

    And the only path to lower costs is not less treatment, but increased options and competition, says the free-market!

    August 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  20. Dutchman

    The looneys are getting loonier all the time.

    August 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. C sherrod

    wow looks like they are really tring to ge the nuts all juiced up

    August 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  22. Kelly

    Who gave this idiot a national platform from which to spew blatant lies?? She sounds like a crazy person.. what is she even talking about?

    We need health care more than ever right now. Don't mess it up, Sarah, with your extremely juvenile ideas about how our government works.

    We need a prerequisite for vice presidential candidates, something along the lines of "must form a coherent sentence."

    August 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  23. bill

    Palin is spreading fear as a political strategy, and that is just wrong.

    August 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  24. John from Ohio

    I can not believe what a complete IDIOT this woman is. IDIOT! IDIOT! IDIOT!

    August 8, 2009 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  25. james s lenon

    Once again, Palin's own words prove her to be an uninformed fundamentalist, anti-intellectual, a perfect example of American Taliban. The greatest danger to her child comes from her dragging it around like a stage prop.

    Health care reform, as proposed by our President, will broaden access to health care for those families who have aging parents or disabled children but who don't have a half-million dollar illegal slush fund and a multi-million dollar ghost-written book deal.

    She' just another Republican fundamentalist ready to turn the US into a theocracy. She got hers, screw the public.

    August 8, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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