August 14th, 2009
06:22 PM ET
12 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. Givemeabreak

    How can anyone believe a word out of her mouth after her ridiculous lies about "death panels"? Look at the harm such a ludicrous claim has done to both the tenor and substance of the health care debate. You may or may not agree with the health care proposal as it currently stands, but reading it is a good start, and people like Palin bring the discourse down to the level of troglodytes by stirring up fear and falsehood.

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. gabriel

    Palin is so right!

    People fear her so much now more than ever because she is unleashed and free to think critically. I can't wait for what her future holds.

    People, please, I beg you, quit following Obama blindly into this mess of socialized medicine. It is not good for our nation. We must let the FREE market fix it. Thanks for reading.


    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  3. jodi

    Together, we can kill health care reform once and for all.
    And go back to being - uninsured.
    How ignorant is it?

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  4. Timmyleo

    I can't understand why Americans don't want other Americans to have health insurance. Makes you wonder if Republicans really DO have a flaw in their brains...

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  5. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Wait a minute. Didn't she say she was tirted of media coverage? Doesn't that mean she should just shut her mouth?

    August 14, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. Rita

    This woman is woefully undereducated and now puts herself forward as an expert in every subject! She makes up this information in her paranoia.
    Her words of "suspect "and "inevitably show lack of sound information or reasoning on her part. I question her mental stability and her mental health. She is irresponsible.
    I am a nurse and while many health plans now have an option for hospice too few people use it and die alone or die a painful death. Offering a consultation with the patients doctor is humane and limited in expense and should be encouraged.
    This woman is one of the many reasons why the Republicans lost the last election !

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Paul

    She isn't governor anymore and couldnt even finish her 2nd term, she lost the election for John McCain and her support even among republicans has dropped significantly.
    So what makes her qualified to comment ? oh yeah nothing.
    She is good for a laugh though.

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Ex-Repug

    CNN why do you give this woman space? It's the media at it's worst. There are so many false statements in this piece. You're allowing her to spread disinformation.

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  9. your15minutesareover

    Time for this one to go AWAY. She is only out for herself and not concerned with the needs of our country. If Obama says the sky is blue she will disagree.

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  10. Kate in SW Fla

    No, these are not facts. She has taken an intellectual and academic discussion of numerous points of view regarding health care philospohie and theor opposing views and turned it into some kind of an opinion piece by this brilliant doctor. Dr. Emanuel was NOT porposing these ideas. But, she has the intellectual heft of a 9th grader. If you find her "smart" what does that say about you?

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. GOP = 21st century dodo

    Palin spouts whatever nonsense is currently swirling around the cavernous space where her brain should be, the media reports it ALL DAY LONG, and the opponents of health care reform (ie the GOP) get another 24-hour victory.

    This is the same thing the GOP's been doing since the 2008 election. Having no actual platform, ideas, or message, they resort to stunts and loud yelling in order to divert the conversation.

    The DNC can put out as many statements as they want, but what's the point? Whatever the DNC says gets drowned out by the GOP noise machine. The GOP base and the politicians willing to exploit it are immune to civil discourse. I'm afraid Pres. Obama needs to do A LOT MORE and FAST.

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Gene

    I love how people make comments without knowing any actual facts.. just conservative radio show scare tactics in their heads. People.. just look at any fact checking website.., snopes.. any real fact checking website there is...

    Every single one of them shows that everything Palin either lies about or "mistakingly" believes is nothing but scare tactic nonsense.

    And yes, they rip Obama on things that he says too that can't be substantiated.. but in general, it's mostly just skepticism and studies about how his programs or if his programs will be paid for.

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    Lil Sarah would have a terrible time here in Oregon.

    We twice voted YES for our state's Death with Dignity bill which allows a sane-minded individual along with consultation (that is the part Sarah hates) with his or her doctors (at least two of them) to be given the necessary drugs for suicide.

    This law has been used very little because in Oregon we also have superb health care, hospitals, and the best medical specialists in AMERICA to help us with end-of-life decisions.

    I feel sorry for Sarah. She must feel very guilty about having a baby so late in life, because her chances were VERY HIGH that she would birth a Down Syndrome baby. And she did.

    Her children will be saddled with raising him. Of course, Sarah didn't think about that, either.

    Sarah can't think for herself.

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. yeah right

    what facts?? sarah palin is nothing more than a pathetic, desperate, political sideshow.

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. go4hlth

    Sarah Palin is the greatest source of misinformation in the United States. Anyone who believes what comes out of her mouth should ask for a bibliography that reveals the citations she is quoting. Telling lies to incite rude behavior at meetings is inexcusable (my international friends remark "The Ugly Americans are right before our eyes"). The mission is to do whatever it takes at all costs for Obama to fail. BTW has anyone noticed–they are all white people?

    August 14, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. jon

    This Ezekiel Emanuel guy is truly scary. I'm confused as to why President Obama would appoint him to be a health care advisor, knowing what we all know about this guy.

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Time to spend $$$ on our own!!!

    We already have rationing! Except it is done by the always fair insurance companies.

    Republicans are unbelievable are scare tactics and manipulating situations. First, a republican sticks a "death panel" provision in the bill, then they all run to the nearest microphone and start accusing Dems, specifically the President, of wanting to "kill grandma"

    The saddest thing of all is how easily people fall for these antics.

    Someone already said that he now believes George Bush was the president the American people truly deserved.

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Pete Barnes

    I am a former military person 6 months out of work with only temp healthcare for my family for hundreds a month. I could use a little rationing about now... Get over it Palin, you lost because everyone (except the idiots) see through your fear tactics...

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. clifford atkin

    Apparently the DNC has rose colored glasses on. They don't know what side of the table they are on. The Tea Party Patriots are on the right side of the table with We The People. Apparently they need to read the Constitution.

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. ron

    I wonder how much the insurance lobby is paying her?

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. G SMITH PA

    I know the truth hurts about your beloved President but facts are facts.
    Before you start attacking Sarah Palin read the proposed bill and stop watching MSNBC and other liberal Media, they will confuse you.

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  22. Larry

    RIGHT ON SARAH! We need to believe in someone who quits public office to serve the public better! It is the standard for the highest credibility among the citizens that listen to your proven wisdom. Now.. if we can get all the rest of the public office holders to quit, we all might be better off?

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. Bob

    She cant even get her own facts in order and she accuses the admin of being misleading? I dont know if I should laugh or cry when I read the stuff Palin lets dribble out of her mouth.

    August 14, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  24. Mike

    This is like watching a train wreck in slow motion. Compassionate care for the elderly and compensating physicians for taking the time to help the elderly and families understand end of life issues is far from "death panels" that she's hyping. As she is not a person with a low IQ, one can only assume she is intentionally misleading the public for personal gain. A reprehensible act. There are issues with health care and the proposed reform, and as a pediatrician I hope that these can be resolved in a responsible manner. People such as she have no place in the discussion.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Joe

    This has been debunked over and over again and it keeps getting repeated by right wing loonies. Why? Because they know their support base is so naive, gullible, and simple minded they will believe anything as long as it comes from one of their moron leaders or the Faux News thugs. They have no respect for the truth all they care about is trying to make Obama fail, and thus making America fail.

    I know you will censor this post yet again since CNN has as much of a conservative bias as Fox but just maybe for once you'll listen to the people who are fed up with your constant fawning over Palin and stop giving this has-been nobody so much free press she pretends to despise.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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