August 9th, 2009
02:48 PM ET
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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. Gregg

    Palin's whole methodology is to put two statements together, one of which people agree with, and use it to make the second one seem true. "Everyone should support the troops and stop saying negative things about me in the press". "If you don't want your gun taken away, don't support environmental protection in Alaska". "If you don't want euthanasia, don't support the Obama health care bill".

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Belgium

    Why are we still talking about Sarah Palin?

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Dennis Pence

    This guy continues to show why even the Democrats abandoned him. He opens his mouth and inserts his foot. Just like all of the Liberals in charge of our country, I can guarantee you he has not read this so called "Health Care Reform Bill". Sarah Palin's choice of words may not set well with people, but she "hit the nail on the head". I was once ignorant enough to think our country would never leagalize abortion, but with the wrong people in charge, it happened. Even though the majority of Americans are against it. Majority rule went by the wayside years ago in America. If we, as citizens are foolish to think they are not preparing to control who lives and who dies, then we deserve what we get. The government in this country is not capable of running a small business, let alone a major healthcare program. They will be the ones that get the real health care and the rest of us will try to survive on what they "permit us to have". The politicians, along with the American citizens in this country, need to read the Constitution and Bill of Rights to learn about government "of the people, by the people and for the people". There is also something to be said about "State's Rights". America – Time to "take a stand" and let them know they serve us, not that we serve them.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. John Kelly

    Let her talk. She hangs herself the more she speaks. She has no clue how dopey she is- I'll bet she quit being governor because she was 'dirty'.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. BlackSun

    Oh so wrong Doug . . . please consult your history. Eugenics was a pet cause of the extreme right and not the left . . . aka Adoph Hitler.

    August 9, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Proving Maher right

    GO ahead people, keep listening to politicians, and defending whichever party you support blindly. Euthenasia is strong, people will not be "put" to death, but as anyone who actually took the time to read the bill would know, treatment will be rationed, and those deemed for whatever reasons to not deserve it, won't get it. Whoever thinks our Govt' should be running any of this, is looking for a handout...period. One would hope that the statement "history repeates it's self" would be understood by now. NOTHING our govt' runs domestically is sucessfull. Health Care is a commodity, not a right. If you want it, get off your rear end and work to put yourself in a position to get it.

    August 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Marge

    If the already stupid people are that stupid that they think the government will force them to euthanasia centers... if they build one, will they go?

    August 9, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. Dr.Vishwa RP Sinha

    Could somebody favor the nation to tell exactly what were the gift s given to those who vehemently opposed the efforts of Ms.Clinton to implement the health care reforms during Clinton presidentship? Where are they now, what positions they are holding now and which party they belong to. Can Mr. Fareed Zakaria do the research and tell the nation correctly and boldly or CNN invites the most knowledgeable personality of impeccable integrity to tell the nation. This is highly relevant to judge the motive of those who are opposed of the health care reform.


    August 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Julia Hisey

    I would trust Howard Dean above any politician available. He was
    a fine Vermont Governor and would now make a terrific TV
    journalist (for CNN!) With regard to Palin. I feel she is a fully-qualified

    August 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. KK

    Of course Palin would make these statements about health care reform. She hasn't read the bill. It is time for Katie Couric to interview her so we can actually find out what she doesn't know, again.

    August 9, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. anti liberal

    i have read the bill and i'm a conservative obviously by my name. This euthanasia talk is wrong, its not what they're doing. I'm more concerned about the bill with the takeover by the public plan as its constituted in the house. The blue dogs rolled over on the issue of reimbursement to providers. One evening they said they needed to negotiate with providers which is correct and the next they adjusted their ammendment to read "The secretary (of HHS) will choose between the average of privately negotiated prices and Medicare rates."

    Let's see which would you CHOOSE when given a choice. Those crying that the house bill won't have a strong public option that will destroy private plans are absolutely wrong.

    I hope Rep. Ross enjoyed his term in congress because his constituents should know he has no backbone to stand up to the liberals of California like peLIEsi and Boxer.

    Maybe they should take a closer look at their state that is bankrupted by their social programs and see what they're planning for the country.

    Also i say for those that claim it'll be funded and paid for, ie defecit neutral look back to Medicare's inception. They said it would cost $6 billion a year by 1991 and it actually cost $61 BILLION.

    The government does a bad job of estimating these things.

    Going with a government run option is akin to taking your car or truck that is speeding over a cliff and throwing your wife and kids in the backseat and slamming on the gas.

    While the woman in Florida did sound crazy she wasn't wrong, MEDICARE IS BANKRUPT.

    August 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  12. Dennis Pence


    Re: Your comment to Fred. It is evident you know something about ignorance. Are you related to Barbara Streisand?

    August 9, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  13. jason

    What a sad sad case Sarah Palin is. And she thinks this is her ticket to fame and power... seems like it is ultimately her ticket to 'nowhere' just across that bridge...

    August 9, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  14. David

    What will it take to shut her up and make her go away?

    August 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. John

    Everyone on here is just as bad as the politicians we hate. All I am reading in your posts is finger pointing, and vicious name calling. I'm not saying I support whacko lady, but I just think that its time to discuss the actual facts of what is going on. If we hold the media to the same standards that we hold ourselves to, maybe the coverage on ALL of these new organizations will once again become unbiased. The only time this country came together was for 9/11 and that lasted about .... 3 months.... so why can't we grow up cuz we just look like complete idiots to the rest of the world.

    August 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. joeb12

    Sarah Palin is dangerous!

    August 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. afp

    To Ric... I disagree with you. You say that "she [Palin] knows what she spews is baseless." I contend that she doesn't have a clue. She really doesn't know what's in the bill – she is just making it up as she goes along. It's very clear that her motives are to incite those that follow her, Glen Beck and the rest of the Fox crew. They want to make people believe that this bill will turn the elderly into Soylent Green

    'They' cannot have this health bill pass because it would be a blow to attempted power re-grab. So... they incite the weak minded who have supported their drivel in the past with half truths and out right lies. It's so sad, really, that these people, these followers, who decry the health bill as the downfall of western civilization are the ones who will really end up needing it in time.

    August 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Dennis

    I wonder how many of the dittoheads here who admonish health reform supporters to "read the bill" have actually themselves read any of the several bills that are currently working their way through the House and Senate committees.

    I thought not. There's not "a" bill yet. Contents of the various proposals are changing daily right now. It's just right wing talking points again.

    And to clarify, yes there are bills that would establish committees to recommend which treatments are worthwhile or not in different situations, but these are an attempt to offer guidance where there is currently none... all of them leave final decisions up to the doctor and patient.

    August 9, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Dr.Lamar Odom


    You must not have a critical thinking brain in your head if you believe Fox News just gives you the facts. I watch all three channels and to be quite honest Fox rarely just reports the facts. What you get is a Right perspective without much support of anything that does not come from the Right. Name one prominent progressive featured on Fox News. At least CNN has Dobbs and MSNBC has Joe and Pat, but Fox on the other may have a moderate from time to time. Moreover you rarely get an international perspective that is not Right biased. I've come to the conclusion that people who lack intellectual curiosity watch Fox because its easy for them to have others do their thinking.

    August 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  20. Christine

    Again the fear mongering continues with erroneous stories and totally false information designed to scare the American people into turning their backs on health care reform. Please wake up Sarah Palin, stop with you outlandish desperate remarks, it's those kind of tactics that have resulted in a loss of respect for you and your party, and the continued distrust and disdain many Americans have for politicians in general. Believe it or not, we may not be able to see Russia from our backyard, but we can see through the BULL that you sling out and were using it for fertilizer!

    August 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Kaydee

    Dr. Dean may speak the party line but please tell us how some panel will do a better job of end of life issues than a family and the medical professionals they have a relationship with currently. You may not like Sarah or what she stands for but she has a right to say it. However, the current administration would like to silence anyone that does not agree with them. I wonder how everyone will feel when the government can reach into you private banking account and pull whatever they wish to pay for this program and you will have very little to say about it? This political ferver right now is about power and control. Why the rush to get this bill through? Why not put this bill to the vote of the people? why on earth would we support a bill that our own congressmen won't even be on? This is a dangerous bill that begins the erosion of the constitution. This medical reform needs to be something handled over a longer period of time and with the private sector heavily involved. I for one I am tired of being mandated to by a bunch of people that are no longer listening to the will of the people.

    August 9, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  22. alicia najera

    Sarah Palin is a quitting, loser. She is a seething laughed at, ex-governor who likes to ignite discord--remember her "hanging out with terrorists" fear mongering efforts on the campaign trail???? She's an idiot who does not KNOW anything!!! I do not trust her words or actions-she incites reckless discord and hatred!!

    August 9, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. 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, you have been conned by the Conservative leadership that you trust – and not for the first time.

    If anyone in America proposed a euthanasia panel, there would be headlines in red ink a foot tall in every newspaper in America. Do you remember the Terry Schiavo case? Euthanasia for one little lady in Florida who had been in a coma for years. It made headlines all over America, and every Republican in Congress was screaming her name for months. Can you imagine that the "Liberal Media" (like the Wall Street Journal, the local papers in Birmingham, Phoenix, Houston, Denver, and Juneau) has ordered a blackout on the "euthanasia panel" because they are controlled by a secret cabal of Liberals?

    Why would Liberals, who complain that many Americans have no access to medical care, create a panel whose job it is to withhold medical care from Americans. We Liberals want EVERYONE to have the medical care they need.

    This is paranoia run wild, and it is fueled by con-men in thousand dollar suits in whom you have placed your trust, Fred. This is insane.

    If you want the real truth, know this: A secret cabal of Conservative corporations has hired lobbying firms to manipulate gullible Conservative voters into opposing programs that would benefit all Americans. Why? To reduce their taxes.

    August 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. Layne

    It's time for Health Care Reform. The "death panel" is already a reality, news travels slow to Alaska.

    Big Health Care companies making zillions and are already determining your fate – better eat your brocoli and blueberries. The hardest working men and women in health care are lobbyists. Wake up Democracy – who cares what one woman says.

    August 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  25. Brian

    When will CNN start telling the truth about this Socialist Healthcare bill. I have read it. People need to wake up. OBAMA CARE will take away your freedom. I don't want my tax money to pay for someone else's health care. Go get a job. I want the gov. out of my life. Obama said that if your old and need a heart pace maker, just go take a pain pill. Screw Him. Our health care system is the best in the world. Why would I want to go to a system like Canada that rations care. When you have current technology you have to pay for it. That stuff isn't free. The liberals are putting themselves in a corner. IF CNN would report the actual news instead of Obamas propoganda they would report that in the last congressional election poll republicans were leading demorcrats by 6 percent. In 2010 the republican will take back the House and all of Obamas socialist agendas will stop.

    August 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
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