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. Sally

    There she goes again, using her special needs baby as props. Disgusting!

    August 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. pa. independent

    The person most threatening to Trig is his mother! Palin, is an absentee mother, who goes around the country spreading lies.

    Palin needs a lesson in se/x education. She had no business having a baby at her age (which increases the chances of Down Syndrome), and her daughter shouldn't have gotten pregnant at such a young age.

    August 8, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Ray from Bisbee

    Absolutely shameless to drag her child into her political rants.

    August 8, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Terry - California

    Sarah Palin is a boldface liar. I would say that to her face, and gladly sit down for a beer with her and anyone else she wants to invite, so there would be no mistaking my distaste for all of the folks who are spreading false statements about a Healthcare Plan that does not exist. First, there is no Healthcare Plan from the White House. The President has asked the House and Senate to move quickly and boldly, with only one House Committee offering a Base Plan. No one has discussed any specifics, and no one, on either side of the aisle has discussed what Sarah Palin claims. Scare tactics, such as this, are identical to screaming "Fire" in a theater.

    August 8, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. ItIsMe

    Sarah Palin is quite the clown...

    August 8, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. hrh

    And what does Trig's biological mother, Bristol, have to say?

    August 8, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Doug

    You know what represent everything that is wrong with this country...
    i here by crown you the official.......the queen of ignorance....

    August 8, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Nobama

    The Obama administration is sounding a lot like the Nazis these days. His health "czar" wants the State to mandate abortion, euthanize the elderly and disabled, and shouts down dissent with intimidation and force. Hitler has returned and he is a mullato African.

    August 8, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. Sherrie D. LaFemina

    I have 2 special needs grandchildren. I am very concerned about the Health care plan that is being promoted. That is primary. I am very concerned about the plan as it stands and paying for abortions on demand. I am not being told how to express my feelings or my position by anyone else. And I don't believe the plan is economically sound for anyone's sake. This is very unsettling. Now will I be tracked too. ??? This seems to be more socialistic then anything else in our society. And the Death Panel, my husband and I are in our 60's. What does that mean for our care? Sherrie

    August 8, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    This woman could have been a heartbeat away from the Presidency. This is shameful and dishonest, just like the hate rallies she held during the campaign last year. She is a disgrace to civic discourse.

    CNN, I wonder, at this particularly intense and dangerous time, if you really want to fan the flames like all the Fox news haters out there, by reporting on the disgraceful things that come out of this ignorant woman's mouth. Let all those guys who distort the "news" cover her when she is trying to rabble rouse, please. You're better than this.

    August 8, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. nmvoter

    WELL SAID SARAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can't believe I agree with you on something. What can we do about this outrage? I'm listening.

    August 8, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Steve C - Atlanta, GA

    and she thinks that mommie's policies are going to help the Trigster?????????????

    August 8, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Juan McC

    If "'level of productivity in society" is the criteria, Sarah herself should be worried

    August 8, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. Rose

    My comment is a question. What has Palin done or said that isn't self-serving or adversarial? If she represents America, we're in bigger trouble than the economy.

    August 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  15. Lloyd

    Palin is starving for public attention. Deny her that, and she will fade away just like so many wannabes before her. In my opinion, she has nothing to say of any value, and certainly has little or no political future. End of story.

    August 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  16. Mac

    Oh please...

    "Obama's death panel" "Downright evil"

    Haven't we had enough of these wingnuts – Palin and Bachmann?

    August 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. Pat

    This woman was almost one heartbeat away from the presidency.

    August 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. ross berg

    As much as I enjoy seeing her physicality, I must say that she's getting wackier as time goes on.

    This latest outburst is a new high in looneyness for her and will drive her still further into the fringe ranks!!

    Scary to think that there was a real chance at one point of her being a heartbeat from the Oval office!!!

    August 8, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  19. dennative1

    palin!! there u go again..the provision was put in by a republican.. it only states what we all should do "is have a living will or tell family members" what they would like to have done at end of life.. my father died recently, but before he died he told his children to not keep him on life support and let him die w/dignity.. please go back to alaska and spew your LIES!!!

    August 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  20. Avey

    What a outright LIE!!!!

    Shameful that this woman is even given press on this matter.

    As a quitter she has absolutely ZERO credibility now.

    Like a bad dream she needs to just go away.

    August 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  21. Kimberly in Oregon

    The only threat to that kid is having a loon mom like palin. She knew the high risks associated with having a kid at her age and didnt care. She should be ashamed of herself. Shes a horrible role model to the kids, and is a joke to the people of the lower 48, atleast the ones NOT in south

    August 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  22. vic nashville , Tn

    We need health care reform to help Palin

    She need help !!!!!!!!!

    She doesn’t know what she is doing

    She doesn’t know what she is talking

    We have to pass the bill as soon as possible to help Palin

    August 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  23. Sniffit

    I don't want my taxes paying for the health care of the disabled. Obama is right in this!

    August 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  24. Jeff

    advance care planning consultation sounds like a great idea to me

    August 8, 2009 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  25. GlennTX

    Well if you already did not think she was a moron this rant about a death panel killing her kids should be the icing on the cake.

    August 8, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
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