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. Richard

    whew!!! I thought she might have gone away. Keep uttering that nonsense Sarah, your the best friend the democrats have.

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  2. Cathy in AZ

    Please someone tell her THERE ARE NO DEATH PANELS!
    Sarah, your resigned so GO AWAY!

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Wish I could salute this President

    The voice of this great lady patriot speaks with common sense, reason, and love of this great country.

    Many of you sincerely believe that Government can take care of us better than we can take care of ourselves and each other.

    Who is the government? Are they some phantom body out there somewhere in buildings built by human hands?

    No, they are just people. Some senators are bright and some not so bright, but that's the general rule of things. Some are dedicated, some
    are greedy liars, and manipulators.

    They are just people. I am a people too, and so are you. Stop bashing
    the really dedicated people, like Sarah Palin. Be a Patriot!

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  4. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Sarah Palin, the Jerry Brown of Alaska.
    (Twilight Zone music playing softly in the background)

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  5. RC

    Great advice from a quitter.

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  6. William in San Jose

    One word: Death Panels!

    -Sarah Palin

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Big Ed

    Yeah...Death Panels are is Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and Bigfoot! Will someone get this moron some psychological help! At least sedate her. She is clearly a threat to herself and others!

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Alvin

    A sack of nickels has more intelligence that this fruitcake! In many ways she reminds us of the Fruitcake Lady that used to appear on NBC!

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  9. IB from Boston

    Your opinion Sarah Palin doesn't matter. You turned your back to your own people to make more $.$$$.$$$.$$$. You probably don't understand that majority of Alaskans don't have proper health care and you ex-governor/ VP candidate have a good health care plan for yourself and your family. That is why you dont run away like a chicken and fight for what is right and stay the course of a governor and finish your term. So why dont you keep quite and continue to make your $ bills since thats what you care about and let dedicated folks of this country figure out a better health care plan.

    September 9, 2009 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. Ron Russell

    I'm getting very tired of seeing this lier in the news.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  11. Sarah M.

    Whether you have private or public insurance, decisions are still made by others about your own health care options. Everyone I know with private insurance has complaints about the restrictions they face because the insurance companies are making decisions about what is covered and what is not. So it's not a valid argument to complain about bureaucrats doing the same thing.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. sandra miani

    Why any newspaper publishes anything that Sarah Palin has to say is beyond me. The woman is an airhead. And dangerous, she pollutes the minds of the weak.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. Barb

    For sure, you betcha.... President Obama took the "death panels" out of his plan,,, just like the Florida politician says he changed "his speech to the children". These people are unbelievable!!

    A LIE IS A LIE IS A LIE!!!!! doesnt matter what spin you put on it afterward!


    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  14. sf

    Why do we care what this crazy woman is saying??? She nevers knows what she's talking about.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  15. Dean

    This woman is a nut case why do people even listen to her? the only death panels are in her sick and twisted mind.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  16. Justin


    "Palin: Tooth Fairy evil, must be stopped"

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  17. Kirby

    Why do you give Palin any time? She is an idiot.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Ron

    Common sense also tells us that Sarah Palin is a quitter out to make a quick buck. Oh wait a minute – those would be cold, hard facts! How much is she being paid by the healthcare industry? Why do people listen to her? She obviously is incapable of writing a complete paragraph, let alone a 1110 word OpEd. Geeze.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. geecee

    Sure, Sarah – keep feeding the empty heads of the brainwashed frontal Limbaughtomy morons who actually believe every crazy word you (and Glenn Beck) say. We need more ignorant paranoiacs in this country. You're doing a great job of getting us no where. If you wanted to keep running your mouth, why didn't you keep your job as Governor of Alaska at least until your term expired? Now, you are inconsequential (or should be), but your ego won't let you shut up, just like that dick, Cheney. Yap, yap, yap.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  20. David

    Someone please shut this stupid woman up. Or at least stop covering every idiotic utterance. It contributes nothing.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  21. Are you kidding me?

    Why are we still hearing from this nut case?

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. tonedef

    Why is CNN reporting on what this woman says?! She was mayor of a small town, and then governor for two years before she threw in the towel. She has no identifiable expertise on healthcare. What possible reason is there for the most important news agency in the country to report on her?

    How many other two year governors are getting press? Oh, and "rang true" is not the same as 'is true.' Employ some standards.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  23. I Can See Argentina from my Front Porch

    Sarah Palin doesn't seem to understand that we already have "death panels" in this country.
    They are called the "insurance companies". The same companies that are charging us high prices for bad/non services, and denying people coverage for pre-existing conditions.
    Why doesn't she verbally attack the over-inflated healthcare industry??

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  24. th

    Palin is an idiot, why doesn't someone shut her up.

    September 9, 2009 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  25. anonymous

    How is it that we give this idiot a national forum to "contribute" to the debate?

    September 9, 2009 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
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