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. Theresa Wolf

    Perhaps the way to lower health care costs would be to quit paying high salaries and bonuses to insurance employees.

    August 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Jim

    Actually the right USED eugenics in the 1930's. The were called the National Socialist Party in Germany, otherwise known as Nazis. Nothing like that is in the bill. I have read the provision and it is irresponsible to lie about it.

    August 9, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. big papa

    For TWELVE years the Republicans had an opportunity to FIX this problem of Health Care...

    ...they CHOSE to kick the can down the road, and are now doing the bidding of insurance companies...

    ...The vast majority of their partisan conservative constituents, who are at the tip of this obstructionist health care town hall spear, are neither knowledgeable nor honest about the particulars of this Reform agenda...

    ...How can RATIONAL human beings be against FIXING this existential economic threat through:

    1) Universal coverage- no one can be turned down for pre-existting conditions, lose your job and you'll STILL BE covered

    2) Public OPTION... CHOICE of whether or not you want a public or private plan. For those who TRUST corporate America over government to provide their healh care...have at it..

    3) Single payer OPTION- gives more power to consumers because the premium pool is larger...If corporate sponsored health care is so good, and government is so "INEPT", WHY are the corporate insurance mafiosi so afraid of gov't COMPETITION?

    4) No one goes bankrupt due to medical bills

    5) Choice about which MIDDLEMEN Health Care PIMPS are eliminated!

    6) Creating a business friendly health care system, which takes the BURDEN of costly health care off the backs of the business community, allowing U.S. companies to effectively compete with other industrialized nations who provide health care for their people.

    7) Eliminating 30% overhead costs to U.S. Health Care, by eliminating administrative and advertising costs that current corporate health care pimps levy against the U.S. public. BUT, for those who support multi-million dollar per year insurane company executives (lobbyist and media) salaries, you can CONTINUE to support them...

    THINK America!

    August 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. elaine price

    Why does she get headlines when her statements are false. Any news media shoud call her, tell her to point to the provisions that permit death squads and if found -ok print it. She should not be allowed to get this kind of coverage to whip up frenzy over lies. What is going on with the media?

    August 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. Sharon

    The "Drama Queen" is not someone I listen to. She throws things out there in hopes of stirring up the base of the Republican Party. I'm convinced these people do not read because if they did they would want a candidate that did the same. She once complained that Hillary Clinton was a whiner, couldn't handle the tough stuff.. Didn't represent women well. Sarah Palin doesn't have Hillary Clinton's intelligence, nor does she have her strength. When it got rough... she dropped out.

    August 9, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. Anonymous

    Fred wrote: "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."

    Fred, I think that you actually believe that. You have been conned by the leadership you trust. They are lying to you about this bill, which you have not read. If there was really a euthanasia panel authorized by this bill, there would be headlines in read ink two feet tall on the front page of every newspaper in America. Now those same lying Conservative leaders that you trust are telling you, "The liberal media is keeping it a secret so this Liberal bill won't fail." What liberal media? The Wall Street Journal? The Dallas Times Herald? Time-Warner? Fox News? Disney/ABC? There is no Liberal media. There are a few Liberal papers, but most of the media is controlled by global corporations that HATE Liberalism.

    August 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Ray

    Can anyone say, LIVING WILL?

    August 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Mike, TX

    Thank you Mr. Dean. Palin needs to be called out on her ridiculous and disgusting lies (not to mention her own blatant hypocrisy) more often. Unfortunately, Palin is not the only one making up lies regarding the proposed health care reform bills. House Minority leader John Boehner has also repeated these claims, as have numerous less noteworthy republicans. Now, I am not an expert an health care policy so I must rely on information from others. Therefore, I would like to pose the obvious question to Republicans: If you repeatedly and blatantly lie to me about things that I can readily confirm or deny (Yes, I actually did read the text of the bill), why should I trust you on more complicated matters? Why should I trust you at all? If one side in a argument has to rely on distractions, misrepresentation, distortions and outright lies, shouldn't that tell you something about the strength (or lack thereof) of their position?

    August 9, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. nola

    Sara is the biggest liar on this plant. When she was admitted to the hospital to give birth to her baby – one of the many questions she was asked "Do you have a "Living Wil". This documents informs the medical officials if you wish to be put on life support – if you become unconscious while in the hospital. Oh but maybe they asked and she just didn't have the mentality to comprehend what they were asking.


    August 9, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Sammi

    I urge anyone who is scared of a "death panel" to visit their current insurance company (if they even have one) and watch their panel decide your right to get any number of tests based on whether their panel thinks you need them. NOT your doctor deciding, just some non-medical bureaucrats. All of you who have encountered this, PLEASE speak up about the atrocities the insurance companies have been committing for years! The government plan is NOWHERE near as harsh, and also has much better chance of preventing people from entering bankruptcy after needing a simple medical procedure. Caste system? Are you kidding? We already have one! Maybe we should just outlaw insurance altogether and then everyone can fend for themselves, with the money they have!

    August 9, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Donald. Cameron, NC

    Palin needs to shut the hell up and quitting her lying and innuendoes.

    The media needs to quit covering her and her ignorant remarks. She is not relevant to any conversation. Hell, she can't even construct one single coherent sentence., despite being a college graduate (sic)

    Its time she just faded away.

    August 9, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. M hye

    She is trying to keep with her popularity saying things out of lines.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. sheila king

    We already have government run and subsidized health care in Medicare and the VA. Why don't we just flush these away if we don't want so called "socialized" medicine? You don't hear Palin and the other Republicans advocating that, do you? What? No one has ever heard of a "living will" or discussions about end of life with patients. This is some dirty secret? I work for the government in a healthcare capacity and know this is nothing new. If there is something about euthanasia in the current bill - which, by the way, is still a work in progress - show me Idk. I'd love to see it. Not to muddy this, but shouldn't a terminally ill person in their right mind be able to choose whether or not to continue painful and pointless treatment if they wish? Where in the constitution does it indicate that they should be kept on life support whether they wish to or not? This is what this is all about. Not euthanizing someone by proxy.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  14. chubby

    What Governor Palin said is actually true. Once you have lived past the time of productivity then medicines and care are rationed which in effect is killing the person under this supposed to be Government Rationed Health Care Plan. I like how howard dean is the voice of reason and truth, I guess he could no longer afford to practice medicine due to no one would give him malpractice insurance so he headed to DC. Fits right in, cannot fix stupid.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  15. Robin

    To 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.

    Well Fred, can the bill be any worst then the HMO and insurers who are currently denying our claims! Why exploit your child in that way? Do make things up. Does the bill states what she actually said? Do not make up assumptions or DRAMITIZES ANYTHING! SHE IS A QUITTING GOVERNOR AND AN IGNORANT ONE AT THAT! ALASKA IS BETTER OFF!

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Gerald

    Sorry Howard , it is you that is misinformed and why your at it democrats read the bill , if you pay taxes and currently have insurance your going to get screwed. I believe the system could be improved but the same folks that are managing social security and medicare can not be given control of my health care.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Nestor, Austin, TX

    You haven't been talking to Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and Cass Sunstein then, have you Dr. Dean? They have a plan to ration healthcare so that priority care goes to those 15-40. Sorry old people and sorry kids with special needs, you're too expensive for the Dems.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Joe Publicini

    It's too bad that people who are for this bill are ignorant of the facts contained within.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Lee S

    Rationing will inevitably follow and euthanasia will inevitably follow the rationing. It won't be called that. It will be called "death with dignity" or a variation of palliative care. But there will be procedures in place to "relieve the suffering" of people who are too sick to be worth the rationing coupon. It's really that simple. Anyone who says otherwise has something to sell.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Common Sense

    In a hospital setting the goivernment already is paying for end of life discussions, but at that point it really is a little to late. The healthcare bill will allow a doctor to bill for this time in their offices at a time the person can make decisions for themselves.

    How many of the people who are against a healthcare plan have insurance that is mostly paid for by other (employer, government, medicare)? Let those that pay for their own insurance get some input on care that they are already paying for others.

    August 9, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. JoeC

    The government cant even balance a checkbook let alone manage healthcare. I wouldnt let the likes of Obama and his cronies watch my dog let alone my health. Go find someone else to bother and quit micro managing our lives. When you politicians learn to operate within a budget and manage money like a business or family then come talk to us but until then leave us alone.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Dan

    Doug, Eugenics was a program used by the Nazi's, a far-right movement, to try to create a master race.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. Dave in Illinois

    It's funny that the word "euthanasia" doesn't appear in Palin's quoted statements, only in Dean's. She talks about rationing healthcare and bureaucrats making those decisons, and Dean demonizes her by making it sound like she's predicting government legislated assisted suicide.

    The Democrats keep saying we need to do this today and trust us to do it right, while the Republicans are saying we need take the time to do this right and not screw it up like the stimulus, cap and trade and cash for clunkers.

    We all need to know what actually is being written into the House and Senate bills to come to an informed conclusion.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Lance

    Funny thing.. it seems that eveyone BUT the politicians that will be voting on it.. have read the bill.
    I am AGAINST Health Care Reform.. UNLESS.. we can fix whats broken first. We spend billions more on the WORST case scenario of what Medicaid Medicare was supposed to cost us. I would like to see those cost brought under control.. then I am all for it.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Candy

    The more she opens her mouth the more Stupid ,she looks & sound.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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