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. disgusted

    Before Sarah Palin slams Ezekiel Emmanuel, I suggest she actually ready what he has written and listen to what he has said. The article that purports to set out his views had bits and pieces taken so out of context that the author completely twisted his views. READ THE BILL! It is not supporting euthanasia to include a provision that patients facing serious surgery or end of life issues consider executing a Living Will setting out their wishes concerning how and to what degree they want family and healh care providers to press for continued care. I have had a couple of procedures involivng anethesia, and both times I was asked to consider a directive in case something unexpected happened. People are hysterical and willing to believe all the crass mistastements being thrown out in the media, on the internet, and in extreme talk radio shows. I wish people would act like adults and at least listen and discuss options!

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Kait

    Sarah did not write this or her Op-Ed so let's not make her out to be some genius that she isn't.

    I agree. They do not care about us. They only care about winning in 2012 and will do anything to assure that... including lying.

    I urge everyone to read the bill (I know Newt couldn't, but I did) and form their own opinion. I also encourage everyone to read Emmanuel's articles in full, because when you do you will realize that it is a theoretical paper...

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Where is the republican health care plan?

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Ellid

    Anyone who believes that Sarah Palin actually wrote a dense, highly annotated Facebook entry is living in Never Never Land. She needs to retire with some shreds of dignity before she makes an ever bigger fool of herself than she already has.

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  5. Grace

    It's amazing the rhetoric used by Palin – I hope she doesn't believe what she's actually saying. I would think that, as a parent with a special needs child, she would be embracing health care reform and campaigning for it. Furthermore, as someone who can presumable afford her own private health care, I would assume she wouldn't opt for a public option anyway. To chastise the plan as not being favorable to the elderly is disturbing, to say the least. I can't stand that health care reform is under attack – since when should it not be a RIGHT to have access to health care? Even if the system is not perfect, it's so much better than what we have now. It's pathetic the world's wealthiest nation does not offer health care to all its citizens. It's even more pathetic we have people purporting to be "serving" this country (at least she used to purport that) campaigning against health care reform.

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  6. Fortunately Insured, Thank you

    Does anyone of these paranoid screamers ever think twice when they see the long lines of people lining up in the hopes to get some free health care treatments in CA? There is such a profound need in our country and so many people do not have even the most basic insurance, while all the guys like Limbaugh certainly have theirs. This gives them and good old Sarah plenty of leisure time to dream up more lies and false innuendos.

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  7. Emma

    Go Sarah!! I hear a lot of Obamacare supporters talk about the 'lies' from the right but without providing specific examples. I think they're afraid of debate.

    August 14, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  8. Joe

    The insurance companys need to be slapped down, im all for killing that sacered cow. I dont have insurance, my boss cant afford it. Where all engineers and for a family it costs $1600 per month for insurance, thats $10 per hour at 40 hours...what i dont understand is everybody is upset about the high cost of health care, but the question is...why is the cost of health care so high?

    August 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  9. Rich

    I'm no fan of Obama's health care plan, however Palin's comments display her ignorance. I am a physician and end of life discussions occur every day and is highly appropriate to understand a patient's wishes. The far right wing and far left are destroying our country. Unfortunately they are the most vocal. It's time the moderates take our country back from the loons on both sides!

    August 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  10. JDQ

    Wrong. From a person who apparently can hardly read.

    August 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  11. Jon

    We already have health care rationing in this country. It's rationed by money.

    The more money you have, the more health care you get.

    You don't have enough for insurance? Then you get treated in the ER.

    Have enough for some? Then you get to go to a doctor.

    Have a catastophic illness? If you are very wealthy, you get the best care. If not, insurance runs out and you declare bankruptcy.

    60% of all bankruptcies in this country are because of medical bills.

    75% of those bankruptcies are for people who DID have insurance.

    So, yeah, there's already rationing now. It's just rationed by some actuarial in a cubicle in an insurance company.

    August 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  12. Savannah

    Palin is only relevant to the media....nobody cares what she has to say on anything....she's an obsolete political tool

    August 14, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  13. Jim Bradshaw

    I suppose it's not rationing when some 85 year old man receives government money for a hip replacement that costs more than 10,000 kids who are denied vaccinations. After he dies a year later, 500 of those kids get some disease they could have avoided and end up in the emergency room, driving your insurance costs through the ceiling. Health care costs are 17% of the GDP. In the 60's they were 5%. How much higher do they have to go before panderers like Palin realize something has to be done?

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Natasha

    I would really like people to keep their opinions to themselves until the actual health care bill is presented. It's amazing how many people are automatically against the bill when they can't even name one or two provisions coming from the house or senate. And these screaming matches from the town hall meetings? It's pretty ludicrous that people are behaving like children instead of civilized people.

    We had 8 years of scare tactics from the Bush administration. It's sad to see the Republican party hasn't gotten a clue yet.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. Lori

    Sarah Palin is an inarticulate, uninformed idiot. I wish CNN would stop giving her press coverage. I am so sick of her face and her voice and her ridiculous rantings, most recently about so called "death panels that would kill her special needs child." What a friggin dumb thing to say when what she is really talking about is a doctor talking with a patient on the patient's preferences for his end-of-life care. She herself proclaimed Health Care Decisions Day in Alaska, which exists for the very purpose of helping people with end-of-life decision. I guess she forgot. More likely, the proclamation was just a piece of paper she signed but didn't really read or understand. That's her signature behavior.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. stop b elieving the hype

    people it has been proven over and over that there was never a plan for death panels> it's simply not true. in fact by removing this repuplican written bill, the elderly might actually lose out. palin is not just playing hard and loose with the facts, she is out and out lying. and the fact that she is no loner in office makes it easier for her to lie, because she has no one to answer to. hey palin heres a plan, write a health care proposal, give some valid ideas on hnow to improve health care. if you don't have an alternate plan than you can't critize those who are working for reform. quit trash talking and get out there and do some work. if not shut the h-ll up!

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  17. Sir Prize

    Palin is disgusting. Trying to distort and bend the truth into a weapon of fear and scare us outof looking after our fellow citizens. Fear is the only motivation that conservatives and narrow thinkers like Palin seem to endorse.

    Give Obama and his guys a chance. If they botch up an already pathetic system, then people will not stand for it.

    To try to cut it out before it has a chance to prove its worth. is truly an abortion. A somewhat ironic move on behalf of the pro-life self righteous capital-orientated elite.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  18. Ebreezy

    Palin's use of the "death panel" fallacy is text book red herring to provide a distraction to scare people. I lived in Alaska for 3 years during the 90's and I am so glad that I was out of there before she took office. She has proven herself to be a liar and the worst kind of opportunist. Useful and meaningful change is sometimes hard to accomplish. When that change is necessary the fearful and the fear-mongerers often find solace in one another. That will never change.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. Michelle

    Pushing anything this huge through quickly without reading it would be a mistake. Once it's out there, getting it revised, would be a collasal ordeal.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. Hotdog

    She has the no credibility but an awful lot of mouth. She just says thing with out substance. If you were to ask her what was contained in any of the for proposals regarding health care reform she could not tell you to save her life. She is a first class clown.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. Kathy

    It is doubtful that Sarah Palin really understands health care reform. But one thing she does understand is how to get headlines. She doesn't care if anything she says even has a grain of truth in it. As long as she get all the attention she is happy. Not sure what her ultimate goal is hopefully not to president (GW Bush would loose his spot as the worse president in history) Maybe she just wants to be the next Rush Limbaugh.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Joe, Georgia

    I am all for free speech in America, but it is really unfortunate when someone with no understanding of an issue can have an open forum for distortion and misrepresentation. My mother is 90 years old and in very good health. At a recent check up, her doctor asked if she had a living will or had thought about the type of care she wanted if she became ill. My mother had not thought about the issues, but has now begun having discussions with us about these issues. Thank you to her doctor for raising the questions and prompting the discussion. Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and groups like the Family Research Council are impeding intelligent debate about how to address one of our most critical problems in this nation. Our Country is in a mess and its time for serious intelligent people to step up and stop allowing the nutty fringe groups from diverting us from addressing the real serious problems this Country faces.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  23. Tim

    How can anyone listen or trust what this woman says? If you don't see that health care is already rationed then you should pull your head out of the sand and look around.
    Why would anyone want to continue on the path that we are on now? It is expensive, confusing, and we are pandering to the large insurance and drug companies.
    Is the proposed system perfect? No, but at least it provides for those who aren't fortunate enough to have employer provided health care. It will also add transparency to the health care system.

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. Anne-Marie - from Montreal

    On another note, end-of-life consultations are a very important step for anyone (and their family) facing that kind of situation. It may offer you options that you didn't know were available and can also allow you to die with dignity.

    We do it for animals (except Palin), why should we not give the same dignity to people faced with life terminating illness...

    August 14, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. Willie

    The only thing 'disturbing' is the newsworthiness and credence still given to this ignorant lady when she speaks on topics that she obviously has no clue about. First it was another "boo hoo" topic on her disabled child and the ridiculous discussion over "death panels". Now this? Can she PLEASE disappear from the public eye? The one thing this world, and this country, does not need: Another ignorant public figurehead spouting nonsense.

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
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