September 9th, 2009
05:35 PM ET
13 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. Cincinnatian

    Palin has zero credibility. Period.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  2. mikemarshall

    Sarah Palin isn't getting "tough on Obama's health care proposals". She's simply lying again to pander to her loon base. She is one of the biggest pathological liars we've seen in politics in a long while. Get this Diva off the TV and send her to obscurity.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  3. CJ

    Will this woman ever go away? I'm beginning to think that she is more interested in stirring up fear and hate than what is good for this country. With people like her polarizing the nation, we don't stand a chance.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  4. dcherry

    who is she again??? This women quits her job and now wants to comment on another person's job......?

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  5. Brett

    Amen Palin!!!

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  6. landscapebear

    why are idiots like her and Newt allowed to scare the american people and none of our "journalistic" newspeople calling them out for what they are? a bunch of uneducated pigs that have no concern for the country, and only focused on their checkbooks.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  7. mark in atlanta

    Once again, Sarah has made an important contribution to the dumbing down of America.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. A

    Always with her 2 cents, anything to stay in the media eye. NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK< and I use that term loosely!

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. totally neutral

    Death panels are real, OK – just ask Dick Cheney

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  10. Scott L

    Heeeeeeeeeere's TAXES!

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  11. Parker

    P L E A S E !!!! Stop reorting on Palin. This bimbo is only in for the money and you, CNN, are helping her line her pockets!

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  12. pierce

    Journalism is reporting truth and facts, not just what political figures say. There are no death panels, never were, and never will be. CNN needs to do its job and report the accuracy of what Palin says, not just that she said it. Otherwise CNN is doing exactly what the journal did- acting as a free billboard, not as a news source. It is a disservice to the nation.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  13. jas

    I think all Americans join her in standing up to the terrible health care program that is out there.

    September 9, 2009 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  14. Barbara

    Yeah, maybe – but only in Alaska. Ignorance is dripping from this woman.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  15. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Death Panels are about as real as Palin's chances to get elected President.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Jim C

    oh my gosh, this lady is really stupid. I mean, you have to be really stupid to keep parroting something that every one knows to be false. I hope people from her own party will tell her off. Already majority of Republicans are embarrassed by some of their parties members action especially on the School Speech. Before you know it, the GOP will go extinct.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  17. beth

    I can't take any comment from Ms. Palin starting with "Common sense tell us..." seriously. She has proven with her professional and personal life that she has none.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  18. Sgt. USMC

    What a CLOWN. This woman is so STUPID. She starts a rumor then claims that it was the elderly that were concerned about it. It was your big fat stupid mouth telling lies that got people fired up. Not everyone is going to sit there and read a 1000 plus proposal. You played on people's fears and ignorance. You claimed to have read the bill and then passed on your hateful lies to divide the American people. You are the DEVIL. YOU EVIL, EVIL woman.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  19. Brain Dead in Ohio

    Palin is also has a tough time with facts and how they highlight her claims to be false, ill-conceived, and ultimately ill-informed. She's under the unfortunate impression that as long as some Americans believe her, there then must be some truth to her drivel.

    What she fails to realize is that some Americans also believe that the Earth is flat and/or has only been around for 6,000 years, despite scientific fact.

    This woman is no more qualified to chime-in on Health Care than she is to on Aerospace Engineering. But the morons need a voice of unwavering solidarity, even in the face on contradictory evidence.

    For shame.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. Lisa

    Mrs. Palin – please don't think you speak for the majority of Americans. Market oriented health care has put this country in a ditch. Without reform and a public option, the private insurers have no impetus to act fairly or competitively.

    If you don't want the public option, then choose your own private insurer. Don't, however, take that option away from millions of people who need it.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. Mac Texas

    I suggest that everyone read the article in the AARP Newsletter this month. It explains several issues, point by point. It it an organization that represents Senior Citizens rights and everyone needs to see how they view this health care plan.
    I am not sure if people, like Ms. Palin, are unable to read or unable to comprehend what they read, but they appear to have a habit of
    misunderstanding issues. There are many Republicans who have good common sense, who read bills and understand them, but Ms. Palin is not one of them. She needs to stay in Alaska and tend to her kids.

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Sensible Joe

    Why on earth is the Wall Street Journal giving this undereducated, ill-informed and inarticulate woman, who was derelict in her duties and abdicated responsibility rather than finish her term as an elected official in public office, and has a track record of difficulty distinguishing fact from fiction and fantasy, newspaper space better devoted to more knowledgeable, rational and responsible voices?

    September 9, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. mb

    ha! and they said that the wsj would retain its integrity under news corp...

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. eolufemi

    I just find it amazing that there are people who listen to this woman. This is a great country. Where anybody can be anything. The risk, though, is that anybody can be anything...

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |

    This is lies and fear we do not care with this fool thinks

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
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