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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  1. Eisener

    "Palin-who?" is a complete looser individual with an intellect that is embarrassment to the school system in this country. Her statements along with those of other completely (purposely) delusional public figures, such as Limbaugh – who make their persona ($$$) on outrageous statements and stands – are simply so far out it leaves me speechless and terrified. In that sense I agree whole-heatedly with Dean.

    For example, the completely crazy (yes, crazy) likening of ANY US politician that currently are seated in our Congress / Senate or Presidential administration to those of the Nazi regime in Germany in the 1930's – 40's. That is nuts.

    Seriously, they need to stop it – and maybe as they cool down actually sit down to read Hitler's 'manifest' "Mein Kampf" and a few history books, maybe include one on socialism, so they actually gain some grasp on what they are spewing about.. Its sickening – and oh so wrong and far off the facts. It is dangerous.

    I truly hope.. pray.. that people of this country are better educated than they are – that they see through the evil rhetoric (I strongly advocate against calling anyone or anything evil – but evil rhetoric).

    August 9, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  2. William

    " Sad American" Are you kidding? "Illegal immigrants are covered under the new bill because it will actually save us money. As it is now, they enter the ER for their care and it ends up costing us loads more than it needs to cost."
    Please explain how having illegals in this country and covered by this new heath plan is going to save us money??? Hello!!!! It's going to cost even more!!!! Once word gets out that anyone coming to this country, regardless of citizenship will get Free health care, our boarders will be completely over run! Please explain how if an illegal goes to an emergency room for treatment, that by going to an assigned health care provider it will save money???
    The only way to actually save money is to DEPORT all the illegals. Twenty million people not taxing our health care system, our welfare system, our schools and our jails WOULD SAVE MONEY!

    August 9, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  3. Zack S

    To those who think this bill will ration healhcare, guess what? The healthcare companies ration it now as they can drop you at any time for ANY reason. And if you have a preexisting condition and change jobs a lot of healthcare companies will not cover it. Now what do you call that?

    Oh and Palin and a lot of the right are practicing an old technique called "A lie told often enough becomes truth". Say it over and over again often enough and I bet even The Great Rush will believe it. Their use of this would make the person who first said it proud. His name was Vladimir Lenin.

    Speaking of birth certificates, I bet that Palin cannot produce hers. After all she would have to click her heels and fly back to The Land of Oz to get it.

    August 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. John of Michigan

    Let's not give that disgusting woman any more media attention.
    She's dumb like hell.

    August 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Scott

    Palin, just shut up and go away.

    August 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  6. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Sarah is crazy,period.We truely believe some of you get up still drinking your booze and popping pills while playing war games on your xbox.

    August 9, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  7. Dee Dee Lynn


    You must be (like my brother-in-law) one of those health care industry insiders who is always crying poverty and saying how health care reform will make you even "poorer."

    My brother-in-law, the doctor, feels he's poor because he can't afford a multi-million dollar house, only two half million dollar ones, poor baby.

    He constantly complains about how medicare doesn't pay him enough to even break even, and yet nearly all of his patients are on medicare. So who's paying for those houses? And all those vacations?

    I know someone who is an executive in the health care industry. His annual bonus is greater than the annual salary of most people in the country.

    These people cry poverty to cover the fact that they raise prices and fees to line their own pockets. They constantly whine about how they don't make any money BUT they also say that reform is dangerous and unnecessary.

    Anyone who believes them is an idiot or is one of them.

    And as to birth certificates (which have nothing to do with the question at hand), I want every single person who brings that up to have to go before a panel of experts and the public and prove that they are a natural born US citizen. I want them to agree to have their paternity verfied, their maternity verfied, the citizenship of their parents verified. I want them to agree to have their citizenship challenged in court 20 or 30 times and to agree to surrender all their rights as a citizen until such time as they can prove to the satisfaction of 100% of the population of this country (even the crackpots) that they are a legal, natural born citizen of this country (God help you if you are the child of someone in the armed services who happened to be born abroad or have a foreign mother or father). If any of these people don't agree to be subject to this themselves, they are hypocrites and (and probably worse) and should just shut up.

    August 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  8. Michele

    CNN.....I know you only point out the liberal views on everything....but read the bill....a government panel to decide what health care is needed. A lot of us educated on the former bill are concerned about euthanasia, quality, elderly and those that are genuinely sick!

    August 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Robert Daugherty

    george bush 1s grandfather prescott bush was a huge suporter of the nazis, look it up. the only difference between the nazis exclusionary movement and the american right wing "real americans only. wink wink" movement is one the socialist method of achieving its elitist goals and the other uses the stacked deck capitalist method

    August 9, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. Stop the greed! Please

    Palin quit her job because she realized she can make a big buck with spreading lies and hate like Rush, Ann, and Glen do. The bigger the lie the bigger the ratings and the more the money. She is off to a good start. She will probably have her own show on Fox in no time.
    She is Evil!!

    August 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Valid Point

    Why is there NO Tort Reform is the proposed legislation? Why are there backroom deals with the drup companies? Why should average
    hardworking, tax paying, legal American citizens pay for illegal alien healthcare?

    August 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. Chenna Benna

    Howard Dean: "she made that up." = She is a nut.

    August 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  13. anti liberal

    dennis cookinham,

    THANK YOU for the sense you bring to the conversation.

    a small 8% cost will absolutely incentivize employers (especially ones in a struggling economy) to drop their employees onto the public option. the fact that the CBO doesn't realize this is honestly kind of scary.

    Its a hop skip and a jump to full single payer.

    Enjoy Canadian style care people.

    I'm saving my money now to pay for the ACTUAL care i need.

    I'd rather not like being in a hospital ward with 10-15 people in a large room.

    I kind of like the semi-private rooms in hospitals today.

    August 9, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. Richard L

    So why is Palin making things up news?

    August 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  15. RJ

    The last thing Mr. Dean said of any importance was "BYYYYAAAHHHH".

    Nothing like one partisan hack attacking another.

    August 9, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  16. Stephanie

    When must media outlets like CNN have to take responsibility for the accuracy of the ads they run and the spokespeople they have on.

    The "60plus" ad running this morning on CNN was full of outright lies and yet CNN puts revenue before honesty and thus belies the slogan "the most trusted" name in news.

    CNN also gives credance Rick Scott whose company was found guilty of defrauding the Medicare of 1.7 BILLION dollars. Surely that fact MUST be presented when he appears on to push for the insurance companies.

    To pretend that Palin's comments are credible in this phoney giving "voice" to each side in disingenuous, To also give voice to a person who REFUSES to be interviewed is also a real problem in credibilty..

    It is the MEDIA who are giving confusion to the health care debate by not focussing on the contents of the bill instead of worrying about how it is effecting the president.

    August 9, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  17. Joyce

    This is a dangerous woman! Not only is she dumb she also fabricates stories to promote herself (Bridge to Nowhere, Euthanasia). It appears the only interest she has is herself! I would hope the media would realize this and give her less coverage.

    August 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  18. catmom

    Now we know why Sarah Palin quit. She wants to be able to make up lies and scare Americans without accepting responsibility for what she does. Republicans seem to be pulling out all stops. They are lying about everything in regards to health care reform. They are taking everything they know that gets people riled up and saying that is what President Obama and the Democrats want. Their intentions are to see health care reform fail because they think the American people will blame President Obama and then see him as a failure. Unfortunately they have been blinded by the right and don't realize or care that if President Obama fails then our country fails

    Republicans seem to think it is just fine for angry people to go to Democratic town hall meetings to disrupt them and prevent American citizens from hearing what their representatives have to say, I wonder why these angry mobs aren't going to disrupt Republican meetings to find out exactly what they are doing for the American citizens. What are the Republican plans? Or are Republicans not having town hall meetings because they have nothing to tell their constituents. Oh right, they have no plans other than to not work with our President and to be against everything he does or wants.

    I hear people complaining that President Obama hasn't come out with a plan and Democrats can't explain what their plan is. I would like to know what the Republican plan is besides tax cuts and tort reform. Is that it?

    August 9, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  19. Carol from Wisconsin

    We are already deciding who shall live with not providing health care to everyone: those who are poor, laid off from jobs, disabled children whose parents don't have health insurance because they need to stay home to care for them, those with cancer who had to leave jobs and cannot get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition. We need to stop deciding "who shall live" through our outdated health system. I am a 70 year old cancer patient getting good care, but I know there are others who could not afford the medicine that keeps me alive. I want those to have what I have.

    August 9, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  20. New Age Democrat

    Was that Howard Dean saying to not make things up? Well, I guess he should know... The guy is one of the reasons why the party has the problems getting in touch with the average citizen. The "Far Left Wacko" label that the Repubs give him is unfortunately well deserved. How he got elected to the DNC is beyond me, but I'll bet money did.

    August 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  21. Charlotte, NC

    Is it the messenger that you can't stomach or the truth in her message? The fact remains, whether you like her or not, whether you are a liberal or a conservative ... whatever your point of reference or orientation ... that Obama's "plan" ... if any of you with an opinion would take the time to read it and think it through ... would certainly have a review board (call it what you want ... just try to read slow and grasp the concept) which would determine who qualifies for care and who does not. Let's now take it a step further so all of the knee-jerk reactionaries can understand. If you are not deemed worthy of care, then you don't get the treatment that would prolong your life. Pretty simple, huh? If you can't (won't) make the connection between actively terminating a person (euthanasia) and letting them wither and die (Obama Health Care Plan), it is a shame that your intentional ignorance will eventually catch up with you.

    Is your life at risk today or in the future because you have ...
    AIDS? Bye bye.
    Lung Cancer from smoking? Bye bye.
    Heart disease from obesity? Bye bye.
    Liver failing because you drank too much? Bye bye.

    Read the proposed Bill and work through the mechanics ... then tell me that Dean isn't the liar. Tell me that Obama isn't answering these very direct questions for a reason other than that they have VERY unpopular answers tied to them.

    We can all get on our self-rightous soap box and make a case for the "self-inflicted" medical conditions. Well, you can ... I don't get it. I don't think people with AIDS, cancer, heart disease, organ failures, etc. should be judged unworthy of medical care.

    Still not buying any of this, or letting your moral high horse get in the way?

    What about the premature birth? Medical magic saves how many today? How many will receive the EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE treatment under Obama's Medical Plan?

    I don't think I need to go on and on and on to question different scenarios because they all seem to come back to the same point. A review board/function will be deciding whether you qualify for treatment.

    Please ... all of you supporters of Obama's Plan ... answer the question. Be honest. Stop lying.

    August 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  22. Steve in Kentucky

    CNN shouldn't have had to wait for Howard Dean to call Palin out on this flat-out lie. It's just a FACT that a "death panel" isn't in the bill so instead of running the spoon-fed story yesterday from Palin, CNN should have asked why Palin was deliberately trying to mislead the public.

    Even though Palin is stupid, she's not that stupid. So that can't be the reason she's "confused" about the provisions of the health care bill.

    It's time for CNN to step up and start seeking the TRUTH on the health care issue instead of this "he said, she said" ping pong approach. At this point, CNN is either part of the problem or part of the solution. What's it going to be?

    August 9, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. vic

    Has anybody read the bill yet? How do they know so much?

    August 9, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  24. regnez

    Most of you do not like Palin,but it sems everybody is reading everything what she says!! You can't just ignore her!
    She is stuck in your head.An important lady.

    August 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  25. Meka

    Palin's comments . . . shows a STRONG SIGNAL OF IGNORANCE!

    And the rest of the World continues to LAUGH AT AMERICANS!

    August 9, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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