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. Joe

    I'm with Sarah on this issue

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  2. Ron

    Can someone tell this dumb wannabe stewardess to stop spreading lies...

    If she was a true leader she would propose her own ideas instead of trying to bring everyone down

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. michael, AZ

    What is going to lead to rationing are physicians like myself who are going to stop practicing, resulting in a shortage of physicians. Physicians not accepting going to school and running up hundreds of thousands of debt and not being able to make ends meet. Our costs to run our practices go up yearly yet our reimbursement gets cut year after year. No business model can survive this way. You can have more costs than revenue and stay in business. Keep vilifying and call physicians greedy.......soon your tune will change when nobody is left. Maybe you can call Dr Palin.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Maggie H.

    Anyone who listens to Sarah Palin needs mental health services themselves. This woman is a Know-Nothing. She is the epitome of the Republican't Party and as such represents everything that is wrong with the GOP. What is happening right now with Health Care Reform is a perfect storm. Democrats have to start turning out in the kind of numbers that used to show up for Obama Rallies, signs in hand, to support this legislation. To do nothing is to allow people like Ms. Palin to direct the debate. Shame on us all if we don't respond!

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. Jennifer

    This is why HE is president and not her!!
    Shut the eff up Sarah and retreat to your own private Idaho.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  6. Greg

    Talk about elitism. Regardless whether or not this is true, which it is not, when people like Sarah talk about rationing what they really are talking about is denial of coverage for the lower class. Sarah's afraid if everyone is covered, she wont get her personalized care. Lets let the lower class get sick and die. As long as I get my coverage. And they call Obama an elitist?

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  7. Observer

    Yeah, I'm sure Palin read the bill just like she "read news magazines, but she couldn't remember the names of any of them." She's a joke.
    It's funny to see that there's such an uproar over healthcare reform based on such pathetic rhetoric. I SERIOUSLY DOUBT more than half of those who oppose this bill read the entire bill themselves. (And yes, I know it's around 1,000 pages – so what – if it's that important to you, then you would read the whole thing and decide for your self rather than jumping on what others say.) Here's a new idea, THINK FOR YOURSELVES.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Kevin B

    I really have to compliment the GOP congress represenatives, AM radio republican conspiracy propaganda hacks and thier insurance company masters.

    They have done an outstanding job at stoking and ginning up irrational fear and bigotry in a segment of the population.

    The question is, if we do not begin to get a grip on health care cost in tis country and many are simply priced out out of market, which is happening at an alarming rate, who will they blame then?

    Hopefully, themselves for being so willfully ignorant.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. Jake

    Sarah Palin needs to join the astronaut program and go to the space station or the moon, maybe even Mars.

    The provision for end of life consultation is nothing new. Hospice has been a part of Medicare for quite a long time. Everyone want to go to heaven but not die to get there. Death is inevitable and the purpose of this counselling is to make it easier, but only when it is inevitable.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Denise

    Maybe she should actually read the bill before she starts making another idiot of herself.

    August 14, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  11. Buffalo

    Nuts, this woman is!

    Is she bragging about getting something removed from a bill that was never there? Is she aware her ignorant comments about a "death panel" have been debunked by medical professionals, Democrats and Republicans?

    Along with this blather, she is a close confidante of the lunatic fringe advocating partition of Alaska from the US. Maybe it's time we sell Alaska back to Russia (then she really will be able to see it from her back door.)

    August 14, 2009 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  12. Duc Luu

    Like people really care what Palin has to say from now on? The gal couldnt even stay in the office to finish her committment (complete her governorship term].
    Beside the "death panels" rumors are not neccessarily true.

    August 14, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Susan

    I am curious, how do 3 high school educated-college drop out radio talk show host with no experience in economics, politics, government etc, profess to know so much. Worse yet–people actually believe them. And to the comment that cap and trade was killed by Sarah Palin, check again, it passed the House and is waiting for the Senate to come back in September.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. John, Brooklyn, New York

    What Palin doesn't tell you is that rationing already exists under our current system. But, instead of doctors making decisions about how much care you get, the insurnace comapnies do.

    Insurance companies don't cover pre-existing conditions, don't pay for things that they determine to be "experimental" treatments (often meaning most treatments for cancer), require you to get approval from your primary care physician before you get access to specialists who can help you, force you to buy generic drugs (or regular drugs at ungodly expensive prices), etc., etc.

    Anyone who doesn't believe that their healthcare isn't already being rationed is fooling themselves.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  15. Paul I

    I you are one of the 50 million Americans with no health care, even a small ration of health care would be a miracle.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  16. malclave

    "Palin’s true goal is attack Obama"

    If that's true... and I don't believe it is... then more power to her.

    Obama was given a pass by the media during the campaign and which still continues. The only campaign promises which he's kept, as far as I know, have been to get his daughters a dog and to take his wife out on a date.

    The media, such as CNN, is malfeasant in its journalistic ethics, so that means someone else has to speak up with the facts.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  17. Werner

    Maybe we should ask the 45 million Americans without any health care at all if Mr. Obama's plan is so bad.
    I've been watching the debates (screaming) with some interest, and I have come to the conclusion that Americans should be left to their own devices. They are apparently either too entrenched in their own convictions (be they right or wrong), or too stupid to embrace new ones.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  18. Noel in Nashville

    The more Palin talks about why she opposes health insurance reform, the more likely it is that a bill will pass.

    Keep on talking Mrs. Palin. You are delusional and (almost) everyone can see it.

    On rationing: we ration health care now. Whenever there is a limited resource (such as health care) there is rationing. By letting the free market rule, we are rationing on the basis of wealth. That is a great way to ration furniture, luxury automobiles, NFL tickets, and so on. Health care, however, should be rationed on the basis of sickness. Instead of giving the richest access to care, let's give the sickest access to care.

    Capitalism is great for many things. Health care is not among them.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  19. vic nashville , Tn

    Palin doesn’t read newspaper

    She doesn’t like mainstream media except Hannity’s America

    Palin we know who you are because of you Mc Cain lost the election

    Please take long vacation

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Brook E. Mantia

    I suppose it's easier for some people to tear down and destroy than to build-up and unite... Palin is a walking, talking, twittering "death panel" unto herself. This psycho woman certainly doesn't mind leaving millions of people with NO health coverage to die, or having insurance companies summarily "execute" those they can't make a profit on.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Floored

    Poor reading comprehension among the Palin crowd here. Fellow Republicans have debunked her claims about the healthcare plan.

    Palin is spewing rhetoric over and over to the point where she believes it, and you're believing it.

    Republicans want your health to remain big business. They point fingers about healthcare rationing (which no one wants)? Yet, by halting reform, please tell me how the poor and those with preexisting conditions are not being rationed out of healthcare.

    How much did YOUR insurance company profit last year? Check. You'll be shocked.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  22. Mr B

    This article is 100% on the mark. Just read the 1,000+ pages of this program that will do more harm then good. Our current president is doing a very good job of making this county a vary strong communist country. Run by the government 100% and you have no say so or control over anything. It's to bad that our congressmen and senator don't fight this man way and vote NO on this big times. Of you think it take the goverment a long time now to respond to thing wait until this goe's in affect. You will fie before the red tape ever get done. Plus they will probily hire all those whom are non english speaking and non american to do the job.

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    She is one of the numerous reasons I left the republican party, NEVER to return. I can't take their lies, self interests, arrogance, non compassion, for the rich only, racists, bigoted, narrow minded party any more! Besides I have a conscience which you must lack to be a republican!

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  24. Vickie

    Health care rationing is sort of what we have now.....
    People with insurance and money (like Palin) get health care, and those without it don't. So what's her point? Doesn't she want all Americans to have equal health care?

    Obama wants us ALL to have the benefit of health care, as American citizens. What's wrong with that? These "death panel" analogies are just preposterous!

    August 14, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  25. ETM

    The most "disturbing" thing is that John McCain even considered this dingbat for VP. When will she do all of us a great favor and get lost!

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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