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. Sue

    What Bill is she reading because it is rather different than the one the rest of us have......"death panels"?

    August 8, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Bill

    Could you point out to me where the "death panel's" are defined in the proposals again? I keep missing that provision in the plans that have been put together? I don't want nationalized health care either, but this is one topic that needs to stop being politicized. We need real change and all this 'gaming' and contorting of facts by both parties will only guarantee that we screw up the objective of effective reform. . . Which of course is the only thing that anyone can agree on!

    August 8, 2009 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Bob Lees

    How nice to see that Sarah Palin still uses her baby as a prop. The stupid is strong in this one, that's for certain.

    August 8, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. D. Johnson

    This is beyond believe and heartless that this woman, a mother will used her sick child with down syndrome to enter into the health care debate. Didn't she few months ago was rightfully angry when David Letterman when he made awful joke about her daughter?

    Sarah Palin used her sick child to attack the president and later she will claim the media is discussing her family.

    August 8, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Andrew

    America already lets the market decide who lives and who dies based on their level of productivity in society.

    August 8, 2009 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. Colvinatch

    We are already rationing care to the millions of American who don't have health insurance. This person is a nutty as squirrel chit.

    August 8, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  7. Dick

    Once again, Sarah Palin doesn't know what she is talking about. She is a buffoon.

    August 8, 2009 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Eric

    I thought the kids were off limits? Oh wait.

    August 8, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  9. Cole

    Was she reading the health care bill or Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World"? I think there was a mix-up.

    August 8, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  10. Bertha

    I'm beginning to think Sarah Palin is just plain out of her mind.

    August 8, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. Curt

    There you go again Sarah! Pimping your children for political purposes, then you get mad at the "MAINSTREAM MEDIA" and late night commedians for "making stuff up" about your family. She's the most disgusting, pathetic politician in America!

    August 8, 2009 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Tim

    For once I agree with her . If people would only take the time to study the
    " Healthcare Plan " they would be shocked . There are many
    " Non-issues " slipped in there . This bill falls under the old saying " Be careful what you wish for ."

    August 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  13. WIll 18E

    Has any body checked, is Palin drunk?

    August 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Issano

    This lady is operating with a few pennies short of a dime. A serious wacko with no concept of reality and a total lack of common sense.

    August 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. seanm

    This woman is a loon. What ever happened to checking your facts CNN? You print any rubbish any one says, the more salacious the better, and don't even bother checking into whether this baloney she is spouting is correct? Hang your heads in shame.

    August 8, 2009 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. scott

    what is wrong with this woman? I think she is the evil one.

    August 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. WBW OHIO

    The ABSOLUTE STUPIDITY of this woman astounds me.

    August 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Dem Til Death

    THe grand old party of liars and thieves.Sarah needs her head examined for spouting off such lies. What does she think happens to people now who work and still are either not offered or cannot afford health insurance? THey die if they are not getting proper adequate healthcare.

    August 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. Dan

    Has she read the bill? HOW is her son at risk? She gives no truthful details. Do they really have nothing to offer? Is that the only thing we can really deduce from her statement?

    August 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  20. Phillip Bunn

    They're creepy and they're spooky,
    mysterious and kooky,
    they're altogether ooky,
    The Palin Family.

    August 8, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  21. Obama is a Mistake

    Sarah is great. She'll be in the political spotlight for many years to come, long after Obama has gone off to write his memoirs.

    August 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. GrogInOhio

    Good grief... "death panel"?? Didn't Palin just tell someone last week to "quit making stuff up"? What an idiot.

    August 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Dan

    She's not only stupid, she's a nut job ! She's living up to the Republican standard of making up crap to scare people. Only the ignorant in our society would believe her fairy tales. She has proven again that she has no integrity whatsoever.

    August 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  24. lon

    Are you kidding? With all the money that unsuspecting rubes will gladly hand over to see her wink and misinform on her 'talk' tour, she has the nerve to talk about health care reform that will assist special needs kids, like her own. Anything to stay in the spotlight, I guess. Including using her own kids to stay in the glare.

    August 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  25. elaineP

    Oh Sara, it got to be a wonderful day in America to act so stupid, might I say as ALWAYS.

    August 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
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