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. Jim

    I guess Sarah dosen't realize she lost all remaining credibility this week with her comment about death panels.

    August 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Tom

    Does Sarah really have a comprehensive grasp of this health care bill? I frankly doubt it and believe she is just being fed "her" opinions by GOP strategists. I'd love to be a fly on the wall when they pour in the talking points before the interviews. As far as written commentary from Sarah, I would bet she definately didn't write any of it but I hope she at least read it before it went to print.

    August 14, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Uncle Ellsworthy

    Sarah Palin was obviously correct in her previous assessment since that clause has been eliminated. She's right on this one as well. Simply put if you add 50 million more patients on the same number of doctors that we currently have it is NOT possible to avoid longer waits and some form of rationing. This is just common sense, which seems to be lacking with the Ivy leaguers running this country. They, the Ivy Leage types, got us in this mess to begin with. Give me someone like Sarah Palin with a bit of common sense anyday. This lady has it together, she's "good folks".

    August 14, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. sammy

    Is Palin against freedom? The amendment would reimburse seniors if they choose to have a medical couselor. Not that one will appointed to you but that if you choose this service medicare will pay for it. So palin has won in defeating additional options for seniors and effectively a republican amendement brougt up by Johnny Isaakson repub from Georgia. congratulations.

    Also is Palin a socialist? She is saying that the cost of her children care and needs are supposed to be laid upon others. I'm supposed to pay for her child and for her grand kids care? Really? One of things that repubs don't bring up as an alternative is a fatso tax. 1/7 of healthcare cost is due to fatness. Why should non fat people pay for preventable diseases. We should at least get a non-fatso credit. And why aren't free marketers like Palin championing this? I get it for most repubs who are fatties and this would effect them negatively but come on Palin you're in shape or you planning to have another kid that i have to pay for their medical costs.

    August 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. Richard-Arkansas

    I would hope that she finally wakes up and figures out that "healthcare rationing" is already here and it is her friends in the private insurance industry that are doing it to people who have made their payments only to have a low level private industry clerk turn down needed medical care so his/her boss can get a bigger bonus.

    Soon she will be in the private market and be dependent on the government to provide medical insurance for her uninsurable son but being a woman of principle, she surely will refuse it and insist on paying the entire bill herself.

    August 14, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Cathy in AZ

    What part of there is no health care rationing does she not understand. Medicare stays as it is – AND THERE ARE NO DEATH PANELS EITHER!
    We need some reform and not the scare tatics offered by the GOP

    August 14, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. gl, From Pittsburgh

    She is not relavent and needs to get a job other then attacking the President 24/7. I am listening to the President Town Hall Meeting and he is doing a great job at explaining the health bil and debunked all the lies making Sara Palin look real stupid.

    August 14, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Scott

    "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."

    That makes no sense. How can she even think that? I understand people not wanting President Obama to spend so much money or people fearing increased government control of health care, but Sarah Palin expects me to believe that President Obama wants to spend tons of money to enact a global health care plan as some sort of roundabout way to deny people's access to health care coverage?

    August 14, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Pat

    Repeating a falsehood has the effect of reinforcing it, and keeps the source of the rumor at the center of attention. What a dilemma for anyone who believes in freedom of expression.

    August 14, 2009 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  10. Rufus

    Sarah who??? this woman only display her level of parochialism whenever she says something. Obviously she loves to talk, but she only make sense to the hate mongers; the so called "far right" and the social nonentities who can not understand a simple constructive political ideology. Even though independent commentators had say again and again that our country heath care system is broken and needs to be fixed.
    Of course we should debate and layout our difference, but it is an act pure insanity to make issues of what's never in the bill.

    August 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. H. Bader

    How can Palin "claim victory" because the end-of-life consultation provision was removed from the proposed legislation. That means, I as an uninsured individual will have to pay an out-of-pocket fee for an office visit with my doctor in order to complete a living will or an advanced directive declaration. That fee is probably going to cost me between $80 – $100. That's Smart thinking there ex-Gov.

    August 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  12. Renee

    "You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friends is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it. The late Dr. Adrian Rogers, 1931 to 2005

    August 14, 2009 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  13. John

    Palin and the GOP support the Health Insurance Mafia.
    Palin and the GOP do not want a State run Health Care, because the Mafia will lose Profits, Fraudulent Earnings and Plunder Earnings from the Health Care Industry.
    Palin and GOP are paid Bribes by the Health Insurance Mafia for supporting its cause.
    Palin and GOP oppose Obama’s Health Care Reforms, because they don’t want to lose Bribe Money.
    Palin and GOP are supporter of Feudalism, which means Wealth only for few, by Plunder of the Poor and Middle Class.
    Palin and GOP will be rejected by People, just like the Monarchs and Kings of the 16th Century have faded away.
    Palin and GOP will face the Revolution of the People.

    August 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  14. Advocate50

    Perhaps Sarah Palin, or better yet whoever writes her material, should have actually read H.R. 3200 seciton 1233 that she claimed created "death panels". Of course that would have inconveniently have created the need to deal with the fact that section 1233 does know such thing. Claiming it creates a "death panel" makes them no more of a reality than claiming that Sarah Palin is intelligent would actually raise her IQ.

    The people who really deserve criticism though are the typically cowardly legislators that responded by dropping the section in response to inaccurate criticisms rather than trying to educate the public.

    August 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. WOW

    Wow! I can not believe the people in this country. Thank god that she was not given the chance to have a say so in this. This is not hunting and fishing. This is real life and for all you non believers out there please do some research. By research I dont mean the main stream american media! Dealth panel are crazy and no one in there right mind would ever suggest such a thing. I dont really agree with health care bill, I actually think it should be stronger so that it wont fail like the post office or medicare. The fact of the matter is that even most that are hardcore about free market economy and big business dont understan that big business is the reason for all the horrible things that go on in our government. HEALTHCARE is out of control in this country! If we dont fix it now it will cost even more later down the road. Look at the facts people. The fear of government run health care in this country was started by insurance companys so that they can continue to take your money and drop you like a bad habbit when something goes wrong. There are not that many case of so called horror stories from around the world and almost & billion people in the world. seems like you would see a lot more of it if that were the case. By the way the AARP backs this plan. Do you really think that the AARP would back this plan if so called dealth panels were a part of this bill. Dont believe everything you hear is palin does. She doesnt care about this country, she only cares about her status. She proved that by buying expensive clothes for her family during the election.

    August 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  16. Tommy

    Yep, I'm all for free speech, but I'm also for someone stepping in and telling us when we, the people, are being fed a load of crap. That is CNN's job. They are not doing that. The reason? The loads of cash the healthcare industry sends their way in sponsorships, etc. They are simply part of the problem. When the healthcare industry is piling money into the pockets of republican and moderate democrats (or threatening to pull their contributions), while simulataneously throwing money to the media outlets (CNN, Fixed News, Washington Times), should anyone really be surprised when healthcare reform dies? And it will die.

    Sarah Palin, chuck grassley, and the other republican idiots who are misinforming the public are not the one's who will kill healthcare reform. That dubious dishonor belongs to the likes of CNN, Fox, and other "media outlets" of their ilk. These are the entities who NEED to feel the ire of the general public.

    But in reality, to find who is really at fault, we need to look in the mirror. If we can't be intelligent or thoughtful enough to see through this fog of verbal feces, then we don't really deserve healthcare reform. We also need to take care of ourselves to lower healthcare costs. If we are morbidly obese drug addicts (fast food, sugar, pills, caffeine, alcohol), of course healthcare costs are through the roof. Y'know, the guy who got fired for speaking his mind about baked goods (donuts of death, or something like that) was actually right. And his reward – he lost his job.

    Aim high America!

    August 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. bud in NC

    Flash- this just in. The doctor who gives HEALTH CARE to Sarah Palin has just reported that when he looked in to examine her left ear, he could see Russia through her right ear. There was empty space as big as Alaska between the ears. There were a few spider webs though in a corner. They are the kind you find in unused atticks.

    August 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. Proud Member..Party of No

    Palin is absolutely correct. How do you think they are going to save money? By providing MORE healthcare?? C'mon people, wake up....Dr. Ezekiel Mengele's healthcare plan is a total disaster just like everything else this administration has done so far.

    August 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  19. Ed

    Here is a fact for all you Sarah lovers out there. In 2008 then Governor Palin signed a proclamation making April advance directive month encouraging all Alaskan's to discuss with their doctors and family in establishing end-of-life advance directives (living wills). This is exactly what is in the house bill and Ms Palin now calls "Death Panels". It is even more ironic since this provision was introduced into the legislation by a republican representative from Georgia. Yet I don't see the headline that reads " GOP and Palin Support Death Panels". This would be more accurate if that is what they are as this is a GOP provision and Sarah actually signed the proclamation as an official act as governor of Alaska.

    We should all be asking why so many on the right have changed their minds about health care reform in the last two months, including Sarah, Rush, Newt and Beck. Money talks I guess, unfortunately I doubt that this money talks for the American people. I might be instructive for CNN to run an article examining political figures views on health care a year or more ago compared to what they are now.

    We all need to stop listening to the talking heads and read HR32200 ourselves.

    August 14, 2009 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  20. Doight

    Looking in as a Canadian Physician:
    In our government run system no on ever tells me or my colleagues how to treat the elderly and the sick with regards to end of life treatment. I listen to the patients and their families. We are paid for these discussions but even if we weren't we would have the discussions anyway.

    Sarah Palin ran a State that was loaded with money like the Province I live in. She had the company that put her town into debt building a sports complex build her house when she was Mayor, she tried to ban books, she is a moron!

    She doesn't have the intelligence to understand these issues she is just a shill for the Republicans. If she ever became your President Canada would seriously have to consider building a nuclear weapon to protect itself from ideolistic morons that would follow her.

    August 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  21. STLouisGal

    I am in favor of health care reform so I want Sarah to keep up her ignorant comments about death panels and rationing.

    And all the crazies yelling and disrupting the town hall meetings remind me of children that don't want to have a rational discussion so they plug their ears and say, "na na na na." It would be funny if their behavior didin't impede the the rights of others to have their questions answered.

    August 14, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  22. R Mc

    All of her talking points have already been proven as false repeatedly. They even gave her a "Pants on Fire!" rating on Fact Check. Yet, she just keeps spewing the same lies. America does NOT need any more lies and divisive hatred, which is all she has. Hopefully the folks who continue to support her will eventually wake up and smell the coffee.

    August 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    Palin must have found some old FOX News talkings points. This is a subject they floated out a few weeks back and is a false as the death panel nonsence. Of coarse, Palin already knows this new claim of rationing is false as well. She certainly isn't one to let truth get in her way, is she?

    Maybe CNN should add a truth squad footnote to all the articles they publish on Health Care Reform. It would make it so much easier for those who aren't used to checking facts for themselves.

    August 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. DB

    Now that she is a "private" citizen, I wonder if Palin would have the same position if she did not make enough money to pay for insurance and her special needs child needed medical care?

    August 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  25. Shawn - GA

    Look, health insurance needs to be fixed, there needs to be regulation, there needs to be Tort reform.

    There does NOT need to be a Gov run health care system, and the lie that you can keep your coverage is amazing. It is a half truth, once your company decides to change to the gov run plan then you will be on it and have no choice.. The choice that you would have in order to "keep your coverage" would be to buy it on your own and pay for the full amount.

    Let us not forget that they can tell you anything they want to get your support and get the bill(s) in law, THEN once it is in law then congress can add amendments to it. Once the cost is through the roof and the Gov can't afford to pay the Doctors.... it is not a stretch at all to add an amendment that is equal to rationing.

    So fix what we have and keep gov out of the business of insurance. I am speaking to medicare and medicaid as well.

    August 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
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