August 9th, 2009
02:48 PM ET
12 years ago

Dean on Palin’s health care claims: ‘She made that up’

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean told CNN Sunday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin had deliberately made up charges that the Obama administration’s health care bill would lead to euthanasia.

“About euthanasia, they're just totally erroneous. She just made that up,” he said. “Just like the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ that she supposedly didn't support.

“There's nothing like euthanasia in the bill. I practiced medicine for a long time, and of course you have to have end of life discussions - the patients want that. There's nothing... euthanasia's not in this bill.”

Dean was referring comments Palin made late Friday in a post on her Facebook page. In her post, the former Republican vice presidential candidate said President Obama’s health care plan would create a “death panel” that would weigh whether her parents or son Trig were “worthy of health care.”

She discounted the administration’s view that the president’s plan would cut health care costs, saying the only path to lower costs 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."

Palin has mostly steered clear of interviews with reporters since leaving office last month. "Democracy depends on you. That is why our troops are willing to die for you," she told the media in her farewell speech. "So how about in honor of the American soldier, ya quit making things up?" She spent several days last week in New York, meeting with her book publisher.

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soundoff (337 Responses)
  1. Michael

    The problem isn't palin it is those that are so ignorant that they will follow every word from this person as if God himself has spoken

    Who is more the fool – the fool spewing lies or the fool who believes them ?

    August 9, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. ldk

    “There's nothing like euthanasia in the bill."

    That may be correct but the language that is there is starting us down that slippery slope. People need to stop believing what they hear the politicians say and go read the bill for themselves. Why ask someone to clarify something when you can go see for yourself. If you think you can trust the government you need to go talk to an American Indian.

    August 9, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Georgia

    Maybe Palin can use some of the $ MILLIONS that the Insurance Industry is paying her to speak out with such outlandish lies to pay for her family medical bills since the Insurance Companies won't cover her family anyway because of pre-existing conditions!!!!

    No One has Ever claimed that this woman has even an ounce of Brains!

    August 9, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  4. foday D

    Sorry Mrs. Palin, you are downright wrong.

    August 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. susie

    Did Dean read the whole health bill?

    August 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  6. unshrub

    How foolish can people to believe Palin and others who continue to outlandishly lie about the health care plane! It's one thing to disagree, but when they come out and lie about it, that is crossing the line. However, there are some people who hate Obama and Democrats so much they will believe anything someone says that is critical about Obama and Democrats just because.

    August 9, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  7. Libertarian

    and Palin strikes again! This woman lives to spread hate and create discourse. And her flock believe her!!!

    Anyone else see the complete irony in Rush's "dittoheads" that call the rest of us "sheep"?

    August 9, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. Leaf

    Hey Sarah...So how about in honor of the American soldier,ya quit making things up !!!!!

    August 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Susan Frishkorn

    Get 'em, Girl! There is no law in America that says you have to know what you are talking about to speak out – or even write a book!

    Finally I have heard from someone who knows less about Health Care Reform than I do. That makes me feel better. Thank you, Sara!

    Susan Frishkorn

    August 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Dave G

    Even if there was such a thing as government "death panel", I would sooner stand in front of it than the insurance company "death panel" that we have now.

    August 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. IS IT 2012 YET ??

    Big government makes people sick, Doctor Dean. Please don't prescribe it. Now, take two aspirins, and call us in the morning.

    August 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. bob

    But without making things up, how will the GOP continue to attack the Dems' plan without using a better plan as an example of what we should be doing instead?

    August 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. shakira ali

    Her comments do not even deserve a response. She opens her mouth to say the most far stretched nonsense ever just to create a stir. Thank god Alaska does not have her as Governor anymore. This woman should stay far away from any legislative and policy making decisions, because she has no idea what she's talking about majority of time. Good try trying to ignite the emotions of the American public by your nonsense lies.

    August 9, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Annie, Atlanta

    It's a sad day for America when someone with the platform Palin has uses it to lie in a way that could get someone hurt or killed (by rabble rousing, which she apparently excels at). This woman is a disgrace, and her followers are ignorant haters. Very sad.

    August 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Bill N.

    When a politician makes such a wild statement as Palin did, why doesn't the news media call them out on it?

    All they have to do is ask her to show them where in the health bill does it mention "death panels" that decide if someone is "worthy of healthcare".

    These knuckleheads are almost always given a free pass by the media. The lack of accountability is what helps to fan the flames of intolerence and ignorance.

    August 9, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Liz in DC

    I used to just think Sarah Palin was a moron. Now, she's become dangerous with her lies. It's time the Republicans muzzle the extreme wing of their party before they foment further civil unrest.

    August 9, 2009 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  17. Former Repub

    This woman refuses to be interviewed so she can just sling filth from behind her Facebook account. That's what the teenagers are doing these days because there is NO ACCOUNTABILITY! How about she sit for an interview and back up her hate mongering comments?

    How many of you saw Katie Couric tear her apart? That was my final straw as a Repub. I was too embarrased to say I supported that ticket. She couldn't create ONE coherent reply.

    She and David Duke need to open a compound together.

    August 9, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  18. Larry

    For twenty years or more, health providers have grappled with the ethics of living wills, DNR, withdrawing support, etc. It has always been focused on what's best for the patient. I sat on our ethics committee for years. Palin is definitely brain-dead. How stupid can these people on the right be?

    August 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  19. Ken

    Even the Republicans do not believe in Republican ideas. If they did, they would honestly debate the healthcare bill ( and every other thing Democrats want to do ). If their ideas, their predictions are better, then they would win that debate.

    Instead, they make up lie after lie to panic the public into voting against Democratic initiatives. Its dispicable the contempt they show for democracy. I was once a Republican, but not for a long time and never again.

    August 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. NicknAtlanta

    I don't usually agree with Sarah Palin – typically I can take whatever she says, look in the opposite direction and find truth. HOWEVER, that being said, the "health reform bill" or the bill to create death dealers, whatever you want to call it, is definitively an evil bill. For the administration to believe they have the right to make our health care system into a caste system is definitely evil. For the administration to feel that they can decide that an illness someone has makes them LESS eligible for medical care because they most likely won't be cured – that's evil. For the government to think they have the right to venture into my bank accounts – is unconstitutional at best. Without reasonable doubt they don't have he right to search and seizure.

    I voted Democrat, but it's my sincerest hope that the Republicans and the American people actually get heard on this one, and Obama stops his partisan ways, and sends THIS bill back to Congress to try again, because it is the worst of the worst in "health care reform".

    August 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. SS

    Word, Dr. Dean. Sounds like Sarah should follow her own advice and quit making things up!

    August 9, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. Doug

    Didn't the Left try pushing Eugenics back in the 30's ?

    August 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. 60's survivor

    anyone who knows sarah palin by now and what she stands for (herself) knew that already..she is a ticking time bomb – never let her get any higher office than Govenor – and she "blew" that!! People like Sarah Palin love to be the center of attention while claiming they hate the news media , ironically, they are the news media – TABLOID NEWS!! She has been "comic relief" for many - but be careful – stranger things have happened in world history – nut jobs do get into places where they can affect the lives of millions!!

    August 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Fred

    I guess Howard Dean doesn't read the bills, just like many democrat lawmakers. Under the plan there WILL be a board that makes health care decisions for individuals. Palin dramatizes it a bit, but it's more or less true.

    August 9, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  25. Steve

    I wish the press would stop covering the inanities uttered by Palin. She is a self-made nobody and does not warrant the publicity she is given. She panders to the ignorant, of whom there are plenty. Stop empowering her with media coverage.

    August 9, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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