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. sjk

    She "rationed" over 230 AK citizens to death....She is less of a healthcare "expert' than she is an energy expert"...

    August 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  2. Fran

    Sarah Palin needs to go back to school and learn how to read. What the hell does she know about anything. Go take care ot your daughter adn make sure the second one does not give birth to a bastard child.

    August 14, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  3. Christie in IN

    I don't get it. If the government wanted to have "death panels," they already have the opportunity to do it through Medicare, Medicaid and VA benefits. Now THAT would really cut down those costs, wouldn't it? You know who really DOES have "death panels"? Insurance companies. you die, they get bigger bonuses. According to them, none of us are worth very much, compared to a bigger McMansion, yacht, etc. Yet these folks want to continue to trust their well-being to the same greedy people who have caused so much suffering.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  4. C W

    Sarah Palin lied about "death panels;" now she is lying about rationing.

    There are no provisions to ration health care; quite the opposite: by eliminating the pre-existing conditions exclusions currently used by insurance companies, more people will have access to MORE health care treatment options.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  5. Mike

    The only "death panel" is the one that Palin & Co. are spearheading to kill health care reform, which will inevitably result in the deaths of millions of Americans without access to proper health care. Palin cares about no one but herself, which is proved by her constant lying about the bill.

    Palin is a liar, hypocrite, and a fraud.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. Justin

    Why are conservatives angry about something that private insurance companies have been guilty of doing for so long? These companies deny care all the time and "ration" out the claims that only they deem necessary. I'd rather have the government in between me and my doctor rather than some "bean-counter" who's looking for the best way to make and save a profit.

    So if you're sick and can't afford it...that means you're screwed. I bet if you conservatives were dying and couldn't afford the procedure, you'd be all about some type of government option. I promise you, one day you'll see that health care is not a privilege, it's a right. For goodness sake, Obama said you can keep your plan. Of course, when you finally lose your job and find out how much health insurance really is, you'll change your mind as well.

    Pull the plug on grandma you say? Well guess what, private insurance companies deny terminal care on a daily basis, so why are these morons actually saying that's what Obama is trying to do. That's proof these people A) Haven't a clue what they're talking about and B) Are easily being told what to say and how to say it.

    But of course, 75% of America is to clueless to even recognize this.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Wendy

    We ALREADY have "rationing"! There are 4 groups of people in this country and all experience health care on different levels: 1) insured, 2) double insured, 3) under insured, and 4) UNinsurable. We are all treated according to which category we fall into. Until the playing field is leveled, we will continue to have health care disparities. The insurance company is interested in MONEY and therefore denies coverage to those who 1) need it most, and 2) will cost them the most money. It's like car insuarnce. I am a good driver but my premiums still go up because the other insureds on Geico get into wrecks and tickets. Wake up people! Other people's BEHAVIOR costs ALL of us one way or another.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  8. Shawn

    It is unfortunate that the ideals of politically conservative individuals in this country are drowned out by self-ordained representatives like Sarah Palin who are either too unintelligent formulate a rational counter-argument, or simply prefer scare tactics rather than logic to present "our" side of the argument.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. Ernest Schulz

    Why are you two so anti-Palin. She made a good point on part of the legislation, good-enough in fact that it has now been removed. If she was as "debunked" as this biased CNN article suggests, that very open-ended text would have obviously remained.

    She did you a favor if this dog of an expensive-expansive legislation is ever passed, and you don't even realize it. I guess we are not suppose to question the almighty's bills when they have open-ended, not clear, and disturbing items in them. Let's just all go along with the program...., I like to be open-minded.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    Insurance companies "ration" care everyday. One of the ways they do that is by denying people coverage for "pre-existing conditions".
    So where is the outrage about that??
    And where is the outrage about the rising costs of healthcare for those that DO have coverage??
    I don't hear Palin hollering about that.

    August 14, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  11. Fred Aniballi

    My mother was 92 years young when she passed away.
    I am 57 and my brother is 59, we never thought our mother would die. She had excellent health insurance through Anthem and the Medicare supplement. We were able to take care of her ourselves with the help of a caretaker. In December of 2008 she was in a local hospital for about ten days. The Doctor in charge sat with my brother and I and basically said because of our moms declining health we should think about a nursing home. It was a very tough decision but we agreed.
    She had continuing health problems and for her three month stay in the nursing home she was back and forth to the hospital at least 4 times

    The last two weeks of her life were spent in a local hospital. The Doctors were very open with us and and told us that they did not think she would last very long. They kept her comfortable and out of pain. They did not try to move her out, the only thing they asked us if something happened did they want us to try and revieve her,,,,tough question to answer but my mom was down to 70 lbs and was on and off oxygen. The hospital took care of our mom for the final two weeks of her life, we are very gratefull, they never once approached us about
    hurring up the death process. These people who talk about Death Panels like Sarah Palin have no clue.

    August 14, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  12. Paul C.

    Palin is an ordinary citizen like me. Why is everyone hanging on her every word? Get over her.

    August 14, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  13. WOW

    So isnt this kind of the same thing as what we have now. The death panel is not only about how old you are but also about how much money you have!

    August 14, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. fellow american

    I do think she is the one to claim victory for getting them to remove that piece of legislation from the Bill and good for her to find a quote of how the liberal left really thinks of rationing. Like it or not, her words are heard across America.

    August 14, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  15. Shadysider

    She was for end-of-life consultaion in 2008 before she changed the words to 'death panels' in 2009 as she trys to hold onto her power over the fringe-right following her quitting on the people of Alaska.

    August 14, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  16. tony

    before I give any politician any rights to run a business as critical as healthcare. He or she had better not be a LAWYER.

    August 14, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Kris in Denver

    Sarah, please learn to read, and quit making stuff up. Private health insurance companies are rationing care today, just as they always have been. How do I know this? I'm a cancer survivor, and the single mom of a kid with Asperger's Syndrome.

    August 14, 2009 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  18. Al Smith

    As has been pointed out, we not only already ration health care, we allocate it only to those rich enoug to pay the outrageous costs that occur ONLY in the country. Travel a few hundred miles north from DC and the same pills cost half, the same doctor visit cost nothing to the patient, and half to the nation.

    palin has been already disporved but she insist on repeatin a lie because it is her lie, and to admit she is wrong would mean that A she admits she is a liar or B she admits she does not have a clu what she is talking about.

    August 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  19. d c

    President Death is more appropriate for Obama. Wake up America
    fight to proetect our Life Liberty & Happiness Obama and
    all his socialists are after one thing the destructuon of our great
    republic They have infultrated the government and are preparing to dismantel the republic from within. They intend to play God and tell
    the elderly when they must die!! SAVE America!!! Revolution is the
    only way to overturn and get rid of thisevil man!!

    August 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  20. Eliki

    Do you think the Airlines were fans of the reform that brought their industry greater oversight and regulation? Probably not.

    Was it a good idea? Yes... it holds them accountable and sets standards and protects US... the consumers of their product.

    It's called progress if it is done effectively.

    It amazes me how fast the uninformed public jump to the defense of the private companies that are raping their wallets and paychecks.

    August 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. Dave

    Health care "rationing"? Sounds like a Republican value not a Democratic one. As usual, she's spreading her blanket to keep her name in the press. Oh, and she takes the credit for "removing" end of life consultation? That has been so blown out of proportion. Let's find the real issues with the legislation and deal with those to get this legislation to the point where it will do good for as many as possible.

    August 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  22. Paul

    What are you going to conjure up next for your press conference?
    New health care plan means the govt will steal your children for organ donation?

    August 14, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  23. Ron Howerton

    More divisive lies from Palin? What a surprise!

    For anybody who can actually think, it's pretty apparent that insurance companies are already deciding who gets what treatments and what is being "rationed" so their stockholder can enjoy bigger dividends.

    I'll take a gov't run health plan to one run by insurance company bureacrats any day.

    August 14, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. Cynthia

    proud member of No 'this administration has done so far.' What a joke. Do your homework! Why is Pres Bush hiding out? Google Pres Bush it's full of his mistakes. It's amazing how Republicans can blame this mess on Pres Obama.
    'Fight for the people that can't fight for themselves'

    August 14, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
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