August 11th, 2009
03:57 PM ET
14 years ago

Cafferty: Are you interested in Palin's views on health care reform?

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(CNN)–First she called Pres. Obama's health care plan "evil" and said it would create "death panels." Now Sarah Palin is urging restraint at town hall meetings.

In comments on her Facebook page, the former governor of Alaska (who quit in the middle of her first term) says there are many "disturbing details" in the health care bill, but that "we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment."

Palin suggests the disruptive protests "diminish our nation's civil discourse", and says opponents shouldn't give supporters of health care reform any reason to criticize them.

This is the same woman who a few days ago was spreading a false claim that Pres. Obama would force the elderly and disabled to appear before a "death panel." She said a group of bureaucrats would get to decide whether people like her parents and her son, who has Down Syndrome, could get health care.

There's no such provision in the bill. Gee, do you suppose she didn't read it? Rather, a House committee passed a provision that would let Medicare reimburse seniors who want counseling on end-of-life issues. Once again, Sarah Palin's version of reality is at odds with reality.

Whatever the reason, Palin backed down. See, she wasn't getting much support. Several Republican governors distanced themselves from her, either refusing to comment or saying Palin could "speak for herself." Not exactly the way to build that right-of-center coalition she keeps talking about.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. louann

    Palin didn't read the
    health care reform bill, it's got more than 2 pages. She just reguritates whatever is fed into her ear. Everyone knows she's an ignoramus.

    August 11, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. thomas lybbert

    Palin is entitle to her opinion and the right to express them. Howeveer i do agree with her.Because of the high costs of socialized medicine, long lines and the rationing- Canada, Britain, Germany do deny medical care to the elderly and extremely ill patients that will cost to much to fix. The USSA has over 300 million people and Dear Leader will spend close to 6 trillion dollars to enact his gov;t take over of health care. So she has a valid point. However the Palin haters of the Democrat party will just spew their nonsensical hate towards her when they read this article with the typical democrat name calling. The only thing they know about Palin is what CNN, All Barrack Channel, the National Barrack Channel and the Columbia Barrack Station tells them about her.

    August 11, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. single mom

    Hey, Jack, if she didn't read it, that's not as big an issue with me as the fact that the people who will be voting on it – i.e. CONGRESS!- haven't read it either.
    You completely blow off her calls to not be disruptive at the townhalls.
    Showing your biasness much?

    August 11, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  4. Right Leaning Independent

    Every American is free to have an opinion on any issue. If you are not interested in Palin's view do not read her facebook posts or media stories on the subject. I for one am not interested in her opinion but I am interested in her and people in the town hall meetings being allowed to express their opinions. Conservatives have taken a page from the liberal handbook and they can not stand it!! Imagine voicing ones opinion and having liberals decry that you are un-American(ie:Pelosi)... Liberals are being Hypocrites in this fight...

    August 11, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Open Your 3rd Eye



    And no.

    She is an attention seeking wacko.

    August 11, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  6. Eric

    It's always fun to listen to wacky people, listening to Sarah Palin is a lot like listening to Cheech and Chong.

    August 11, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  7. bunnie

    No! Sarah Palin is a fear monger with too little intelligence to make up a convincing lie.

    August 11, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  8. Shawn - GA

    Yes I care what anyone has to say... I am not intrested in shutting people out or silencing anyone.. Now if only or Gov could feel this way.

    This, agree or shut up business is down right scary

    August 11, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    Looking forward to Sarah Palin becoming President in 2012.

    August 11, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. When pigs (w/lipstick infact)fly

    I would not let this lady administer a Tylenol, let along health care!

    August 11, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. travis_bdboy

    How do you say idiot in english.......I know.....IDIOT

    August 11, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Deb

    Sarah Palin's is a liar who spreads fear like most RATpublicans.
    She has diarrhea of the mouth and yet says nothing of importance.

    Probably because she cant organize her thoughts.
    Function: verb
    Inflected Form(s): or·ga·nized; or·ga·niz·ing
    Date: 15th century
    transitive verb
    To form into a coherent unity or functioning whole : integrate
    To set up an administrative structure for b : to persuade to associate in an organization; especially : unionize
    To arrange by systematic planning and united effort

    August 11, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. matt


    August 11, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. Rob

    I'm interested in anyone's views who are against this terrible, destructive piece of filth masquerading as healthcare reform. The Obama/Pelosi plan as is exists now is the worst possible thing for America...until Pelosi and Obama come up with their next hair-brained scheme.

    August 11, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. deebee

    Gee what do you care what she has to say or does she still scare you liberals? I lost respect for her for quitting in mid-term and decided that I couldn't listen to her opinions anymore but apparently she still has the power to rattle the liberals..... makes you think doesn't it?

    August 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  16. Dee

    NO, I am not interested in her views on healthcare. Her 15 minutes of fame is up. Why do the media continues to give her a platform. Everytime she opens her mouth it is obvious that she is an idiot.

    August 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  17. reggie

    Pleas go away, SOON
    Thank you

    August 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. PeterMac

    About as much as I am interested in Jack Cafferty's opinions on the matter. I am sure that she didn't read the bills as the people who supported some version or other – and even those who helped write them – have not read the bills by admission. If there is any person in this country who has read them and can speak intelligently on them, they would probably be discounted as some kind of a weirdo. The fact is that it is the job – a well paid job – of the legislators to read the bills they vote for, especially in instances such as this.

    August 11, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  19. Angela in LA

    No, up until she quit her job, she and her family were living high on Gov. funded health care.

    I just find it so odd that the people who oppose this reform, are the ones who have had Gov. health care all their careers and haven't complained. Makes you wonder which ones of them own stock in private insurance companies...

    August 11, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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