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. Monty

    I'm truly amazed that Palin wonders why she is constantly the target of political and media scrutiny. She continues making unfounded comments on issues about which she has no clue. Like most people, she very likely has NOT read the 1100 page bill, so when she makes comments like these, just makes herself look ignorant and foolish.

    August 9, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Chuck Long Island NY

    Health care reform is an issue that has been in public eye for decades. Long Island Newsday has been running a series on the year 1969. A few months ago it was reported in that series that congress was looking into reforming health care. 40 years later and it is still being debated. It has been brought up by both parties during that time. The only reform that I see is the coverage congress gets. When all legal citizens of the U.S. have the same health care they recieve, then we can say there is reform

    August 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  3. sundaram

    for Sarah Palin it is ok if that decision is made by insurance companies when they decide not to take people with pre-existing conditions. Or when Republicans want cuts in Medicaid where those turned away by Insurance companies can go. Hypocrisy and Lies.

    August 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. newz4i

    Please stop answering to Palin. Let her into the shadow of Putin's giant head.

    August 9, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. CNN =

    All you democrats are so ignorant, is quite comical to read your rants. You prove yourselves to be so full of hate and ignorance, you would rather rant than use facts to back up your arguments.

    In the meantime, REAL Americans that care about our country, know and read what is coming out of Washington, and that is why you have so many people opposing this "Health Care" bill.

    Also, you are phrasing it wrong too. It has nothing to do with health care, but rather health insurance. Everyone in America can get health care, but not everyone can afford health insurance. Those without insurance will have to pay more for their health bills, but it is incorrect to say that people don't, or can't, get health care.

    Democrats have so skewed people's minds, or they thought they were, but many people are waking up to their deceitfulness, and finally starting to think for themselves, rather than voting and rooting for a slogan.

    August 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. reeba

    Euthanasia as the word itself is not used..... however there are guidelines stating consultations will be held with the elderly as to how to cope with "end of life". In reading "the Bill" - a conusltation would be required every 5 years after a certain age..... 'living wills', hospice care, etc. would be discussed, as would be reducing medication and diet that would ease the inevitable. No elderly person I have known (parents, grand parents,friends) ever discussed those topics with their doctor. If anyone – -it was with Family, and that is where the discussion belongs.

    August 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. kayway

    Palin, the magic is gone, you can stop trying to cast your little spells on people, they aren't listening anymore!
    does anyone else find it funny that the only people she cares at all about is her own family? somehow I think her little boy will fair just fine no matter what reform brings. Now about everyone else....
    I don't believe in euthanasia, but at the same time I think many American's DO have a need to prolonging people's suffering for their own comfort, many elderly suffer terribly, they should have the right to end their suffering, and not their kids who "don't want to lose Grandma". People treat their pets more humanely than most people treat the sick and dying.

    August 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. Max44

    People who keep saying "read the bill" either haven't or hope that others won't and will just accept their lies as truth. There is nothing resembling Death Panels or forced euthanasia. I have read that portion of the bill, and even though it is written in legalese, a little reading for comprehension helps.

    All it talks about is making end of life counseling available. I just had to do this with both my dad and step mom. Today hospitals can keep us "alive" way beyond what is natural, and sometimes you actually have to tell them to stop. That's all this is about.

    Palin isn't just a fool anymore, she is a liar trying to stir civil unrest by making gross distortions that preclude rational debate.

    August 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. A guy from Maine

    Lying idiot. Go ahead, just drag poor Trig into it now, then complain if anyone mentions it. User.

    August 9, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Ann

    ldk: Do you even know what end of life care counseling? Apparently not! It is not about encouraging people to commit euthanasia. It is about having paperwork set-up for healthcare power of attorney (who will make your healthcare decisions if you are so ill that you are not capable) and your DNR status (who want everything done, some things done, or nothing done if you code). So making end of life care counseling mandatory is a good thing. It ensures people (the INDIVIDUALS themselves) have control over their healthcare to the very end. I work in a hospital and see this type of counseling happening all the time. It is bad NOT to have this paperwork in place and to NOT have someone you trust (who knows and will follow your wishes) set-up to make those decisions. And it should be reviewed to make changes you wish as your life / relationships change.

    August 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  11. Dana (Maryland)

    When a patient writes a Living Will, it is the patient that is in control, NOT the government. Sarah Palin, stop making things up!

    August 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  12. chris3dog

    I would welcome rationing if it would prevent hospitals and doctors from performing hip replacements on 89 year old patients who are terminal.
    They just can't resist squeezing the last health care dollar from these "patients with a pulse".

    August 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  13. Nestor, Austin, TX

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

    This is the most ignorant statement I've heard in a long time. First: Fascism is almost always a left-wing movement. Second: Eugenics is a "progressive" program. Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, wanted to wipe out "undesirables"; primarily minorities. Hitler took the idea and ran with it, but it was supported by the American left, and still is to this day. African Americans make up about 12% of the American population, but make up 26% of abortions. It seems like the "progressive's" plans are working.

    August 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Tim from Tampa

    I'm sure Palin & all her toadies will to the only logical thing and politely refuse the government socialistic health care known as Medicare. And I'm sure Palin never used the government provided health health care while she briefly held elected office. Nasty socialism!! How many posters on this site are retirees who depend on Medicare? The only difference is, today, health care benefits are rationed by insurance companies.

    August 9, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  15. Georgette

    Kudos to Gov. Dean for having the guts to call out AirHead Palid for being the lying piece of pond scum that she is!

    August 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. Jk

    I may not agree with the Health Care Bill as it's being proposed, there are issues that cause me concern; but having said that the current health insurance situation is no better. Panels already exist and determine what will be paid and what will not, what treatments we will receive or not. if you are lucky enough to be able to afford a PPO and go to the dr. of your choice and not have to deal with precertifications youare are indeed fortunate. A caste system already exists within our current healthcare system. If you do have insurance, you are indeed fortunate. I am self-employed and pay through the nose for insurance that covers practically nothing; but I can't be seen by a physican if I don't have insurance. Oh and then to find a physician that accepts my insurance. Things have to change.

    As to the garbage that spews forth from Ms. Palin's mouth, well anyone with an ounce of intelligence would think twice about what this woman preaches. As with most extremists they prey on ignorance and fear. But, the wonderful thing about our country is that even an ignoramus like Ms. Palin can have a voice, but then so do I!

    August 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Just the facts

    Mediocrity and fear of looking foolish often puts people in defensive postures and, like a cornered vicious animal, they will mindlessly attack, primarily out of fear. In Mrs. Palin's case, it's fear of failure.

    August 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. Subhash Durlabhji

    Now we know why she quit - she wants to un-seat Rush Limbaugh as the de-facto leader of the whacko right and become the leading crusader for their cause. And wouldn't you know it, her strategy is to take down Limbaugh by coming at him from even further right of him!

    August 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  19. Anonymous

    I certainly trust Palin more than Dean

    August 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  20. anti liberal

    wait is this the same Howard Dean that lost the Democratic nomination because he went on a raving lunatic rant naming the states??

    Pot meet kettle.

    I'll tell you what, THEY"RE BOTH CRAZY.

    August 9, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  21. Randy

    Nazis were LEFT wing, not right wing. They were socialists, as is Obama.
    It would be nice if Congress would someday stop the partisan BS and do their jobs, which is NOT getting re-elected.

    August 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  22. Stan

    I would say he has not read the bill.

    August 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. DD

    the woman is unbalanced. it is beyond comprehension that any person with even an abbreviated grasp of the language would listen to a word palin says after hearing bizarre statements such as this. thanks to governor dean for speaking out.

    August 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. Mir

    And where in the quote posted by CNN does Palin say the bill would lead to "euthanasia?" Mandatory counseling in a 5 year period under the public option for the elderly, while important for end of life decisions, is still a personal decision to make. The government should not mandate end-of -life conversations especially when the MD is paid extra for doing it ("incentivized") This is a moral decision that also carries financial concerns for families involved. Mandating and paying the MD to have this counseling is a gross infringement on a patient's privacy and right to choose how they want to live. Palin is not saying it will lead to euthanasia. But if the goal is to cut costs, then exactly, what incentive is there from the economic perspective to put the elderly on life supportl, or have a life saving operation, if that's what they and their family happen to choose?

    August 9, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. David Gillis

    If Robin and Steven Richards represent the alternative or anything superior to Palin's comments, logic has indeed been turned upside down. The ignorant vitriol of these comments exceeds by orders of magnitude anything Palin stated. If anyone, from anywhere questions the wisdom and consequences of the current administration and its supporters of the left, people like Robin and Steven attack them as idiots. The parlence of the current vocal left is the speech of dictators and arrogant ideologues. It is thoughtless and is why liberty must always be defended. There are always people who use others to consider anyone who disagrees with them to be idiots and dangerous. Right or left, that position leads to despotism, never to useful or rational thought. Intelligent people don't waste there time listening to such ignorant noise.

    August 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
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