August 14th, 2009
06:22 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin warns of 'disturbing' health care rationing

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan."]

(CNN) - Sarah Palin is keeping up her full court press against President Obama's health care plan, penning yet another Facebook message that accuses the administration of misleading the public about its true goals.

In a lengthy, annotated post, the former Alaska governor claims victory for the Senate Finance Committee's decision to remove a provision creating end-of-life consultations from its draft legislation. Palin wrote last week that such a measure would establish "death panels" to evaluate elderly and infirm members of society - a claim that has been repeatedly debunked and even criticized by fellow Republicans.

"It's gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress," Palin wrote late Thursday. "However, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones."

She writes that the plan making its way through Congress will "inevitably" lead to health care rationing. Pointing to an essay co-written earlier this year by White House health care adviser Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel - the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel - Palin claims the president wants to enact a rationing system that would "refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential."

Palin said she suspects the president favors such a system because he "has not yet stated any opposition" to that essay, but she offers no documentation that such a plan is actually included in the legislation being crafted in the House or Senate. Dr. Emanuel - an oncologist who studies end-of-life issues - told The Washington Times Thursday that he used to favor health care rationing, but no longer does.

Palin goes on to accuse the president of supporting a single-payer system, something he said as a state senator in 2003, but never mentioned during his presidential campaign or time in the White House.

The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee concludes her Facebook post by attacking the cost of health care reform, which she said will only deepen the country's debt and force the president to raise taxes. "Health care is without a doubt a complex and contentious issue, but health care reform should be a market oriented solution," she writes.

The Democratic National Committee responded to Palin's most recent treatise with a point-by-point rebuttal of what they called her "absurd" claims that the government wants to create "death panels" and ration care for the elderly.

"It's always hard to walk away from the table when you're losing," said DNC spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine. "So, instead, Sarah Palin is tripling down on what independent organizations have ruled is without question a losing hand."

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soundoff (258 Responses)
  1. Ravi

    As bad as I want health care reform, I'll have to agree with Sarah on this one. What I'd like to see is VOUCHERS for folks like me with no insurance. That, along with ending the practice of discriminating against those with preexisting conditions.

    But, please keep that oppressive Empire (aka the federal government) out of our business, and especially our personal, medical business. I hope more States follow AZ and pass amendments to "preemptively" nullify a possible federal gov healthcare plan.

    August 14, 2009 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  2. Robert Weaver

    TangledThorns, exactly what facts are Palin using to substantiate her claims? Please direct me to the "death panel" and "rationing" facts that she has presented. If she has none, please provide some on her behalf. Or where you just talking . . . kind of like Palin is.

    The euthanasia claims have pretty much killed it for me with respect to the repubs. The people who are anti end of life discussions have obviously never dealt with a parent or loved one coming to their end and not being able to make those decisions (coma) and then the siblings not having been communicated with or not being on the same page. Huge fiasco.

    And if not this plan? What plan? I was always taught that if I don't have a plan to get off the island, I'd better not be putting down the plan the next man came up with. What is the solution conservative America? Every man for themself? Of course, that almost always benefits those who are already in power and have the majority of the resources. In other words, those 50mil folks would still be up the creek without a paddle.

    August 14, 2009 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. michele austin

    I do not understand what all the hate is about. All human beings deserve to have health insurance. We already have a government plan that most of us will be on once we reach a certain age, or maybe we will all be uninsured if medial cost are not brought down. They say this health plan will create a death squad, but we already have death squads called insurance companies who deny coverage and treatment . I think the people who are against this plan or any form of plan think that they will never have a medical crisis and find themselves in the shoes of the uninsured, but you should never say never.

    August 14, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Mac

    The funny thing is reform will never happen.

    When the economy is good, people will say its not needed.
    When the ecoomy is bad, people say its too expensive.

    However, before people start touting how bad a death panel is, work in a doctor's office for three weeks and try to get your patients insurance to cover a life-saving treatment. You would be apalled at how many times things are refused.

    Im not talking experimental things, Im talking about things you might think of as basic. (Such as oxygen for a patient with emphysima)

    August 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. Gus

    Palin states that this reform will lead to health care rationing. what in the world are HMO's and PPO's???And the cost, what about the cost of 60% of all bankrupt cases being medical related? The people screaming the loudest seem to be people on medicare, 46 million uninsured is costing everyone more than reform ever will. Are there any thinking people left???

    August 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. Jon

    The basis for the death panel charge was of course an innocent provision that allows doctors to advise patients of end of life issues. Now it emerges that President Bush's 2003 Medicare Act also had a similar provision, in this case just for terminally ill patients. Does anyone recall townhall meetings in 2003 being disrupted or charges that President Bush is trying to euthentize Trig Palin? However, if a Democrat should propose essentially that same thing, you better hold your nose. The smell of what will ooze from the GOP sewer will not be pleasant.
    Maybe this is why the Republicans are losing more and more elections. People are waking up.

    August 14, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
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