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. J. Richter

    Will the USA let illiteracy, misinformation, or downright deliberate ignorance determine the future of our health care that's already on the path to individual and national bankruptcy?

    -Euthanasia is NOT anywhere in the bill! NOT anywhere!
    -Government option exists today – Medicare – and those who have it mostly love it and it did not squeeze out private options. It had no euthanasia in it.

    Quit making things up GOP! We will not let this stop us or end discourse! Common America, patriots, stand up, demand debate, demand democracy, demand solutions, demand better health care system than now.

    August 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. vincent carter

    I wonder how many people out there believe that Mrs Palin deserves any respect for lying and making up stuff and that kind of virtue should lead her to become the next president of the United States. It all comes down to how her parent raised her. My kids will be taught to be honest and openminded something she or her followers will not understand!

    August 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Jose

    Good ol, God Fear Truth Telling Sarah Palin distorting the facts once again! Can someone please tell Sarah that she didn't win and she isn't President (opps, I mean Vice President).

    August 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  4. garfield

    In the medical journal The Lancet Obama's special health policy advisor Ezekiel Emanuel wrote that if healthcare has to be rationed, he prefers the "complete lives system," which "discriminates against older people.
    Dr. Emanuel suggested that health services should not be guaranteed to "individuals who are irreversibly prevented from being or becoming participating citizens." He said "an obvious example is not guaranteeing health services to patients with dementia." And you think you are going to have a choice about when you die??? Think again my friends...think again.

    August 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Jodi Inlow

    It is so disasapointing to see Ms. Palin unable or unwilling to engage in this important conversation in a way that could actually contribute to the dialogue. Instead, she uses fear to incite people at at time when we need to be having an open and honest conversation about a subject that affects us all. She is using the same tatctics, (FEAR) that contributed to the run up to the Iraq war. Disappointing and disingenuous.

    August 9, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  6. Rightsaid

    Dean speaks the truth.

    Under the present system, who makes the end of life decisions for those uninsured people with out health insurance?

    Can't we the American people do better than what we have? Yes we can. Now let's stop thinking politically and start thinking creatively and critically, with sincerity!

    August 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. Big Ed

    What is all this Hitler / Nazi talk? It isn't applicable at all. If it were, they should have been comparing Bush with Hitler, taking over countries to to force upon people his agenda and his vison of how the world should be. He invaded Iraq, Afghanistan and was planning to invade North Korea. I'm not standing up for these governments, but the facist, imperialistic comparisons are much more appropriate here than with the Health Care issue. The Republicans and especially Sarah Palin have finally hit the point of desperation.

    August 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Ann

    Look everyone, insurance companies already make decisions several times a day as to who can get care and who can't. The stories have been out there for decades of people being denied by their insurance company.

    August 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. 4 and the door

    big papa "...…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..."
    The Republican party is all for making health care affordable enough for universal access.
    Look closer at what little you can find out about ObamaCare. It raises the cost of health care in the US dramatically. This program does not reduce costs or increase the quality of care. Our economy is in no shape right now to take on this huge extra burden.

    August 9, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Paula

    TruthTeller –
    " A Journalism Degree is easy to get unlike Engineering, Accounting, Jurisprudence, and Medical. Why do they think they are so smart?"

    You're right – journalism is such an easy major that you should agree no one with that degree has the qualifications to be a high official like VP. Oh wait, how many schools did it take for Palin to get her journalism degree???

    We see your post – there is no conspiracy against people who think like you. And yes, there is no shortage of people who think like you in the U.S., unfortunately. To say Fox News is balanced is laughable. Get a grip.

    August 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. Cardimom

    Making things up is Palin's specialty. She's proven that beyond a doubt. What I cannot understand is why there are people who support her, let alone believe anything she rambles on and on and on about? Are people that "naive" (I'm being polite here)?

    August 9, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Djak

    Sadly, Palin didn't even make up this lie. She's parroting it. Here is a quote taken from an article at "On former Sen. Fred Thompson’s radio show, former lieutenant governor of New York Betsy McCaughey said that the House’s proposed health care bill contained a provision that would institute mandatory counseling sessions telling seniors how “to do what’s in society’s best interest … and cut your life short.” There is the basis for the "euthanasia" claims. Sarah heard it and decided to spout it off as her own. She doesn't even have the brain cells to come up with her own lies.

    August 9, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. wayne

    It is heartbreaking to see all these Republicans who have nothing constructive to contribute but fear and propaganda. It's a shame. I challenge them to give up their medical insurance since they don't want the uninsured to be innsured. These people are just selfish.

    August 9, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  14. RGSpincich

    AS usual the Democrat involved creates a falsehood, attributes it to an opponent and then argues against it.

    Palin did not say "euthanasia" was a part of the Obamacare. She said the lack of care could be deadly. Big difference. She didn't even utter the word that Dean took offense to.

    Dean continues with his incoherent scream.

    August 9, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  15. mk

    I doubt Palin knows what euthanasia means let alone how to pronounce it.
    I have felt her parenting skills were seriously lacking from day one when she was ready willing and able to put her children out there for public display in order to win votes. She is the LAST person who should be a telling anyone else what is good or bad for kids. She is STILL pandering the baby of hers. Calling him her "down's syndrome baby". My GOD!!! He is a baby and hopefully, in spite of who his mother is, he will grow to be a fine young man and a well adjusted adult one day. But one thing is for sure, Obama's health care plan will never hurt him. But think of all the other babies healthy and not so healthy who, right now, are not receiving proper health care because they don't have health insurance. I guess those kids aren't as important as Trig now are they.

    August 9, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  16. Abbott

    I actually voted for her – I thought she shared my values, and you don't need to be an intellectual giant to push an agenda I support. Good heavens, what was I thinking?

    August 9, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  17. Hankers

    Proving Mather Right says: "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."
    And for those that find themselves not in a position to afford the private health care due to downsizing or have been denied affordable coverage due to a previous health issue? Do you want to throw them overboard? No one is denying you your choise here, they are just providing an alternative for those without private option. Moral societies view health care as a right.

    August 9, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  18. Kaye Martin

    Every patient should have these discussions with their physician. It is known as a "living will". You make a decision about what kinds of measures you would like to have made to prolong your life in the event of an terminal illness. Some people choose to have every available means used to preserve their lives; others might decide that they do not wish to hang on through the use of tubes or other artificial means. I have had such a will in place for over fifteeen years. The point of having patients review those directives is that a person's wishes after five years might change.

    What the former Governor said is irresponsible! It is also irresponsible for her to use her Downs Syndrome child as a pawn in this debate. It is my understanding that she said that her children are off limits.

    August 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. connecticut yankee

    Sarah Palin is a moron. Why would anyone listen to her?

    August 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  20. coach

    If our economy is to prosper in the long term, health care reform must take place. Meaningful dialog is important to structure the reform and political preference needs to be set aside during the process. Those who make false statements knowingly to incite, scare and bully are practicing a form of terrorism to subjagate and control others. Terrorism is a dreadful word and should not be used casually, but that is what some are practicing. We are a better people than this..

    August 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. louise

    I don't know where all the fearmongering is coming from, but ignorance is a very dangerous thing.
    My mother was diagnosed with colon cancer from her colonoscopy and was admitted for surgery soon afterwards, there was not undue delay. Moreover, she needed a quadruple bypass and was again admitted within 2 weeks for this surgery and is alive today.. Do not let people who are making up stories about the Canadian health care system misle you. I would rather be able to walk into a walk in clinic and be able to get a doctor to look at me rather than have to bypass medical care because I cannot afford it. Everyone here that works has access to health care because both the employee and the employer kick in monies to support this system. If you're an entrepreneur then you buy your health insurance, simple as that. It's unbelievable that there are people that support denying a person health care because it's somehow a government intrusion...please.

    August 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  22. Jackalope

    A couple of days ago, I received a bulletin from my health insurance carrier urging me to have a discussion of end of life questions with my family, my attorney, and my doctor. They did not suggest that they would pay for a counseling session with my M.D. in preparation for a living will or power of attorney. What is new?
    For anyone who did not know, the health industry is very much involved in the consideration of health care reform, spending millions of dollars each and every day.

    August 9, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  23. Its OK to lie as long as we win

    She doing a great Job as the new mouthpiece for the Corporate Fascists and the rightwing lunatic fringe.

    August 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  24. Tired of fanatics

    As someone who works in the insurance agency, I've seen many of these so called 'cadillac' plans for Unions. And, guess what... they're not different than any others. However, their group administrators simply push harder to get the insurance company to do them favors on expediting claims, etc. You want to know what people get the BEST insurance? People who work for the insurance company. And they pay less for premiums, too.

    Now that's off the table..

    On FOX News- Fox news is a conservative station. They do NOT tell both sides, they bash anything democratic, or put enough spin on it that any democratic point is Demonic. I used to respect the fox network... not anymore.

    For this bill... as a democrat, I think the idea is an interesting one. As a moderate democrat, I don't think that the cost is worth the benefit. This should not be a rush job- look at what's going on with France's healthcare system. I don't want ours like that. I wouldn't vote for this bill as it stands. Good idea- bad execution.

    I would urge everyone who has an opinion on this to write their representatives for their state.

    August 9, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  25. Ted

    BYAWW!! Go show em, Howie!

    August 9, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
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