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. mrbistre

    Funny how the wing nuts react to any news about Palin. When it's a poll that says that the vast majority of americans distrust her and think she is a bafoon, they jump up and say "she doesn't even hold an office... the left is just using her as a distraction", but whenever she does make a statement (invariably a factuall inaccurate statement)they all say "this is why the left is so afraid of her!!!"

    The fact remains... the vast majority of us recognize that she is a dishonest bafoon.

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  2. Chad

    For all you Obama supporting liberals, can you name one government program that is properly funded, efficient, and works the way it was intended?
    That’s what I thought! Health care will be another inadequate program just like the Veterans’ health care system now, just on a much larger scale.

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. R Scott

    what is it with the conservatives and the religious right are they scared to death that they won't be able to get richer because we will have reasonably priced health care in this country. Palin needs to just go away she isn't even a big league player she quit on the people of Alaska so she can taunt the President on a full time basis. The GOP has the biggest group of sore losers and can't see what they did in the last eight years, but let's blame it on the librals out there

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. hankers

    provision from its draft legislation that would authorize "end-of-life consultations." – these discussions are something ALL physicians should have at the appropriate time. It is not a "death panel" as Sarah suggests.

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Jay

    I think the health care plan has provisions for denying medical attention to mutants. Since I think that it must be true and I should blog about it and put it on Facebook and don't forget to tweet or twit or whatever puts it on tweeter(?) I would also like to send Sarah Palin my tinfoil hat for her to sign it...where do I send it?

    Seriously: find objections to the plan, write, document, cite and describe your own solution, but don't just complain and pander. That's lame.

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. C. Hill in Denver

    Isn't Medicare already a social program?

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. Ted Tartaglia

    What an act! This woman makes all the rest of the Republican right-wing religious zealots look like amatuers. Nothing but hate and fear-mongering comes out of her mouth. The sad part is that she believes her warped views to be the truth.

    No wonder Republicans are called thugs. And this woman is their idol.

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Bob

    It's ironic that Republicans bemoan the myth that reform would "refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential" when their whole agenda is to limit care to the economically well-off so their prices and taxes don't go up. Never mind people are dying without care, as long as your taxes don't go up we're cool...

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. Ruth

    It's so sad to see that Americans don't educate themselves on the issues at hand. Why are we still listening to this woman? It's so simple. THERE ARE NO DEATH Panels. The end-of-life consultation refers to those seeking support for the families who have a terminally ill loved one or has passed away. It's so simple.

    CNN, please stop giving this woman any coverage. She is an insult to this country.

    August 14, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. Frank

    We have rationing NOW. Insurance companies ration, decide for YOU, what they cover. The idea that this is new is ridiculous.

    The only thing you want is to defeat the dems, not help anyone. If Bush was pushing these ideas you would be all for them. You swallowed the largest expansion of government in history, domestic spying, torture and two wars without a peep.

    These "death panel" arguments are insane. She, Palin, and most voted for the same provisions in Alaska. The same provisions that are being misconstrued were authored by Republicans in the House, and voted for by a vast majority of Republicans in 2003. They are not death panels or anything like it.

    Palin's poll numbers are lower than low. She has no shot at the Presidency. Nothing could guarantee a Democratic victory more than her as the Republican nominee. She is a no-nothing, fear mongering, demagogue.

    You may love her TangledThorn, but she drove McCain's campaign into the ditch, abandoned the people of Alaska and consistently polls the lowest of any national republican figure.

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    Health Care is rationed now under the present system. Anyone who doesn't believe that is not paying attention. There are death panels now, they are run by the big insurance companies who routinely refuse treatments to many critically ill people. It is not possible to determine how many people have died thanks to the present system. Millions are excluded from proper health care thanks to big business. Sarah Palin and others of the radical right wing want to continue this insane system. Shame on her and all the others who stand in the way of changing the system so that everyone can be covered by some form of health insurance. Everything evil that they are accusing the proposed health care system changes is something that is going on right now under the present system that they are so proud of. Our current health care system does not work and will not work. We need a public option so millions of us, myself included can get the health care we so desparetly need.

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. drman

    There is no possible way that these comments on her Facebook message board were written by Palin herself. We all have heard her speak, and we all know she can't put one coherent sentence together, so how could she possibly string several together for this new batch of lies and distortions? Find out who is writing this for her, it's probably her ghost writer who's writing the book for her. Anyone who believes that anything she says is true is in need of extreme mental analysis.

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  13. Doc

    .We need a single-payer form of health care, because the single-payer option is just a term used to describe a type of financing for heath care system. It refers to one entity acting as administrator, or “payer.” In the case of health care, a single-payer system would be setup such that one entity—a government run organization—would collect all health care fees, and pay out all health care costs. In the current US system, there are literally tens of thousands of different health care organizations—HMOs, billing agencies, etc. By having so many different payers of health care fees, there is an enormous amount of administrative waste generated in the system. (Just imagine how complex billing must be in a doctor’s office, when each insurance company requires a different form to be completed, has a different billing system, different billing contacts and phone numbers—it’s very confusing.) In a single-payer system, all hospitals, doctors, and other health care providers would bill one entity for their services. This alone reduces administrative waste greatly, and saves money, which can be used to provide care and insurance to those who currently don’t have it.

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  14. Annie

    Narcissiscm 101...Palin loves to hear herself speak........
    She was for death panels before she was against them....

    Someone please buy this woman a cup of shut the #@!# up !!!

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  15. TS

    For those concerned about government rationing, you really need to examine the current healthcare system. There is already plenty of "rationing" occurring.

    Insurance companies ration health care daily by denying coverage, canceling policies etc. We also have rationing by price (that is explicitly what a market system does). Poor people don't get healthcare. So question is not whether rationing will occur in any system. The question is how will it be done.

    You can disagree with the notion that rationing should not be purely on the willingness to pay of the individual, which is the basis of the healthcare reform proposals, but to get upset that rationing might come into being only because of the reform proposals simply involves denying reality.

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Jordan

    The basic problem is with the pervasive attitude in America that only the best is acceptable. It's sad that we consider ourselves a free, liberty-loving country, but don't stop and realize that ONLY the wealthy are benefiting from our current healthcare system, and even that will wear out soon. Unfortunately, we're willing to step on the less fortunate in society in order to have as many pointless tests and drugs as it takes to ease our own discomforts, no matter how mild they may be. And if someone threatens to make us change the way we do things, GOD FORBID. Perhaps if everyone exercised a little more, helped each other out a little more, gave just a little more, and yes, accepted something that's best for all, not just themselves, we'd live in a much more pleasant place. I say we need to bring American goodwill back, and cut out the stupid childish politics.

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Stephan

    Why is she news? She's an un-elected, un-informed and un-ethical GOP "conservative" who bailed from her last job before people could see how badly she managed a state that by populatoin is the size of Denver. She unethically billed her own people for travel expenses so she could work from home, she hired all her little girl friends from some town that's like 1,500 people and couldn't tell the truth to save her life.

    August 14, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. donttreadonme

    It amazes me that the media continues to perpetrate these lies about Sarah Palin. When she spoke of “death panels” she wasn’t talking about “The end of Life Consultation Part of the bill” she was speaking about the theory of rationing public healthcare as the bureaucrats would have to decide what treatments take priority. This theory was also written about by Obama’s own top healthcare advisor Ezekiel Emanuel. While I agree that her use of the phrase “death panels” was for shock value the issue is still a valid concern.

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Les

    Good heavens people! And the health insurance companies aren't rationing? Give your head a shake, they take your premiums and then drop you like a stone when you get sick. Keep following the Palin Plan – "sick is good, sick is good; health care is socialism; sick is good, sick is good!"

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. dominican mama 4 Obama

    What kind of drugs is she on, and where can I get some?!!

    This trifling excuse for anything resembling a productive member of society is TRIPPING. Seriously.

    Let's just go with the standard response to anything Pailin: WHAAAAT?

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  21. Phil from Canada

    The Canadian Health system that Ms. Palin and the Republican Party she leeds is constantly espousing as the worst in the world was responsable for my farthers triple bypass and 3 years later a heart transplant. The cost to our family for both procedures was $147 in Hospital parking fees.
    Just something to think about ....

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  22. James Cunningham

    You go, girl! As the Good Book says "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free"! To quote the great truth teller Rick Santelli, "President Obama, are you listening?" You should, you really should because she knows what she is talking about without a set of talking points and a teleprompter yet! Amazing for a private citizen who "is irrelevant" to the health care debate. Right, Mr. Alexrod? Yuk, yuk!

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  23. Michele Christiansen

    Go get um Sarah! We may need to fix the current health care system but not create a new problem. We need transparency. The only thing Obama has proven as President is that he is willing to waste billions of American tax payers money. Have you every heard of decreasing your deficiet by spending money. Look at the ARRA – he says there is accountability but the only thing required is to the report the # of jobs saved/retained and the energy saved. I strongly encourage our Congress to stand-up and fight this battle for the future of America!

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  24. Jeff

    I love it when she pretends to know what's going on! Its adorable!Almost like when a puppy cocks its head when you talk to it!

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  25. Cynthia

    Lies, Lies, When she said the same thing about end of life care last year when she was the so called Governer. I know her only goal is to destroy President Obama. She and many others still can not accept the fact that we have an African American as the POTUS. Move on!!! Get over it!!! We need health care reform.

    August 14, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
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