September 9th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
12 years ago

Palin gets tough on Obama's health care proposals

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Palin argues against the president's health care proposals in a new Op-Ed."](CNN) - For the second time since resigning the Alaska governorship more than a month ago, Sarah Palin is adding her voice to the fiery debate over health care. This time, Palin is hitting the pages of the Wall Street Journal as President Obama gets set to address a joint session of Congress on the issue.

"The answers offered by Democrats in Washington all rest on one principle: that increased government involvement can solve the problem. I fundamentally disagree," Palin writes in the 1,110 word op-ed in Wednesday's edition of the paper.

"Common sense tells us that the government's attempts to solve large problems more often create new ones," the former GOP vice presidential candidate continues. "Common sense also tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health-care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy."

Palin, whose initial Facebook posting on so called "death panels" last month is credited with spurring heated opposition to the House Democratic health care proposal, again raises the now widely debunked claim a government panel could determine which senior citizens receive vital treatments.

"Is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats' proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their health care by-dare I say it-death panels?" she writes. "Establishment voices dismissed that phrase, but it rang true for many Americans."

Ultimately, Palin says, Congress looks like it will abandon this so called "death panel" legislation because Americans made their voices heard in the contentious town halls last August.

"But the fact remains that the Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters. Such government overreaching is what we've come to expect from this administration," she says.

A spokesman for the Democratic National Committee sharply hit back at that claim, saying "The way Sarah Palin is trying to scare Americans you'd think it's Halloween already."

"By continuing to peddle what Pulitzer Prize winning independent fact checkers have found to be ‘pants on fire’ lies and doubling down on the GOP recommendation to end Medicare for future generations, the only thing that's in costume here is Sarah Palin's supposed concern for the health care of Americans," said DNC Press Secretary Hari Sevugan.

Palin also takes issue with the president's assertion Democrats' heath care proposals will reign in costs and eliminate the waste and inefficiency that currently characterizes the system.

Citing the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, Palin says currently proposed health care legislation will do little to bring down cost but instead cause the federal deficit to skyrocket by more than $200 billion over the next decade.

"Only in Washington could a plan that adds hundreds of billions to the deficit be hailed as a cost-cutting measure," writes Palin.

Instead, Palin argues the true solution to health care lies in "market oriented, patient-centered, and result driven" measures such as providing tax benefits for those who get health car coverage from their jobs, providing seniors on Medicare vouchers to buy their own coverage, and allowing people to buy health care insurance across state lines.

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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. barbati

    She thinks the Easter bunny and tooth fairy are real too.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  2. LR

    She is certifiably insane........ Why does anyone listen to her ranting and death panel absurdities???????????

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. Jeremie

    Why does this nutjob's opinion even count anymore? She's as irrelevant as Dick Cheney, yet she still gets national press time. Her "death panel" theory is nothing more than the continuation of the right wing's policy of fearmongering without regard for the truth. I don;t know what's more disturbing: the fact that she still has a national voice, or the fact that so many idiots still believe every word she says.....

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Charlotte

    Sarah Palin is speaking out for the people. Obama is speaking out for the government. I am for a "patient centered" health plan, not a government mandated one.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  5. Daniel

    Common sense tells us that Palin needs to shut up.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  6. Marc

    so if like she says the government can't solve the problem, then the other option is to have the government do nothing, and things stay just the way they are. Sorry, but what we have now is not working.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  7. Dorothy Leszczynski

    Is she nuts???????

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  8. Dick_NH

    Hey, Sarah,

    Since WHEN has "common sense" EVER been part of your ideology ???? GOOD GRIEF!!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  9. Michael

    Canada spends less on health care than we do but its citizens live longer and infant mortality is lower. I'm tired of all the stupid rhetoric from the likes of this idiotic woman......our system is screwed up and serves primarily to generate profits for the insurance industry. If a public option is what it takes to fix it, so be it.

    I hope people will stop letting them selves be scared by the likes of Ms. Palin.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  10. sick and tired

    Do not let the Republicans use their scare tactics. They talk about the Democrats plans and usually give us false information. They don't bring any plans to the table. If you have family members without insurance please become an informed citizen. Everyone deserves healthcare. We can either come up with a workable plan and pay for it or we will continue to pay for those who can't go to a doctor but end up in the emergency room instead.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. Kathie, Houston, TX

    Oh like insurance companies don't make decisions affecting life and death matters Now????? How many people have been denied coverage because of "pre existing" conditions??? How many people have been denied coverage because they have gotten cancer???? How many people have had their insurance coverage cancelled for the same reasons????? How many people have lost their jobs and their insurance and CANNOT afford COBRA because the payments are higher than what their original insurance was??? Death panels and medicare vouchers???? Is she for real? These so called "Death Panels" are nothing but compassionate services to help deal with the end of life, allowing people to make choices, help make arrangements, to face reality when the family cannot do so...End of life should be just as glorious as the beginning of life. Medicare Vouchers??? Ohhhh, isn't that um like socialize medicine? Which if people really look at it – social security and medicare is run by the government and therefore already socialism.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. RDS

    Who cares what she has to say. She is a hypocrite just like the majority of her party. When she was governor she supported end of life counseling and even declared a day for it, but now its called a 'death panel' nonsense. With all the relevant points they could be arguing about on the health care bill they have been reduced to death panels and killing grandma which goes to show just how irrelevant the Republican party has become.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  13. Barb

    I wonder who really wrote this article. There's no way the rambling, incoherent Palin herself wrote it.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Kentucky

    I hope Palin does not accept Medicare and all of the old people who claim to oppose ANY change in the health insurance reforms, call their Congressman and remove themselves from Medicare rolls.
    What a joke Palin is.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Mark/ Toronto

    As a Canadian, it is intriguing to see all the debate about socialized medicine. No we do not have "death panels". We have gone one better and it is laid out in black and white what our government won't cover. The problem being that our only option for better treatment is to travel abroad.

    Last year I made a salary of $82,000. My total taxes, income, sales and property were $43,000.00. Yes my medical coverage is almost free(minus user fees) but at what expense.

    Last October my son was diagnosed with an epigastric hernia. Not a life threatening condition but his surgery date is this month. An 11 month delay. When I suffered a herniated disc in my back I waited 4 months for an MRI and was denied any surgical intervention.

    Be careful what you wish for.

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Brian

    Palin is, once again, reinforcing her status as a nut job. Why pay any attention to her?

    September 9, 2009 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  17. Jersey Bill

    So dear concerned Sarah....

    It is a worse thing for your dreaded death panels to be resident in the US Government, where we know that public pressure will blunt their effect (and budgets grow past all that were predicted), OR in the hands of your beloved private insurance industry where such decisions are made EVERY DAY behind closed doors, away from public view, and with only a profit motive to guide them?

    Seriously, can you have a rational thought? Every insurance company has "death panels" in the full sense of how you mean the term. What is your opinion on that? No, that is a good thing because it is motivated by the private sector.....

    No one should listen to a thing you say....


    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  18. John

    So Sarah Palin thinks government should stay out of our lives, eh? Then she must be opposed to Medicare, the interstate highway system, National Parks, national defense, intelligence agencies, NASA, Social Security, the Fair Labor Standards Act, interstate trucking, the FDA, the CDC...... government regulation of the financial industry....... need I go on? There is a critical balance between too much government and too little and the tipping point gets more sensitive as the population grows. But she is so far off center she can't comprehend reality. She thinks that health insurance will fix itself if left to the free market. What the hell does she think has been going on for the last 50 years?

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  19. Dorothy Leszczynski

    How about she must be nuts, no "thinking" person could possibly believe such a thing!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. William from Missouri

    You go after them Sarah, full steam ahead!!!


    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Romelus

    This IDIOT continues with her "death panels"....I thoght she wanted to spend time with her family? Please quit reporting on "cariboo barbie"

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  22. Daron Gardner

    It is sure good to know that Palin thinks it is more important to focus on "what rings true" with those who don't understand the bill, not actually finding out what the truth about something is.

    I sure hope she can think of how to make something else up, or can find another complete flat out lie to tell so that maybe that will have a chance to ring true to people so she can use that as proof that it is true.

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  23. TexasSun

    Palin is a proven idiot....enough said.

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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  25. Sheryl

    Yeah right, she is so much smarter than all the Intelligence this Administration and President Obama have. I DON'T THINK SO !! Palin, How's that Gov Help that comes your way for your disabled Son ? Oh thats right you sent it back "return to sender" as you could no way rely on the Gov for help !! Stupid is as Stupid Does !!!

    CNN I am going to Boycott YOU if you continue to cover this Woman.
    To think I told all my friends to watch & listen to you as you are not byass and speak only the truth of things, you know that you don't make things up, where has your moral authority went too ?

    Palin just talks to hear herself talk. She has no idea how things work and does not have the mental backing to even think she has a voice anymore except for those Gun Totting Hunters she caters to as she is one of them, The Big Bad Hunter !! Todd must get embarrassed for her quite often these days. Maybe he should continue to keep her Barefoot & Pregnant to keep her home !

    September 9, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
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