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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  1. Meg

    Does she realize death panels already exist in insurance companies at all? If you have an underline health condition they'll deny you, if you have an illness that will kill like cancer they'll deny you. So why doesn't she go and comment about that for once then opposing Obama to the point no one will work with him in anything? We all should be working together as a whole, not split up blaming one another for problems. We're the USA and should be acting like a whole not who's liberal and conservative.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  2. Change_Has_Begun

    Can NASA just put this woman in a shuttle and shoot her off in space?

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. karen m.

    What Ms. Palin and others neglect to mention is that we already have "death panels and rationed healthcare", the insurance companies. Anyone who doesn't think so is uninformed, at best, and willfully blind.

    Until there is insurance reform, there will be no healthcare reform in the country.

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  4. Lindie

    This death panel was never in the Bill......people need to stop listening to this idiot and read the BILL......but it is easy for the Republicans to put FEAR and SCARE in the elderly and the rest of American than it is to come up with any better Plans........What the Seniors of this country should be afraid of is the fact that the Republicans tried to put and END to Medicare last is a government run program and they don't want it.....Palin is part of the Taliban (GOP) in America........Terrorist after all try to put out FEAR.......

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Mike

    How about this CNN instead of IDIOTS like Palin and everyone else getting Tough On Obama's Healthcare...........why don't she and others do something Constructive for the American people and come up with a Feasible Health Care Plan to offer????? OR is the too much for the IDIOT to do??? Its easy to critiisize a Plan.......but it's harder to come up with one yourself. How about CNN doing a story on ' WHERE ARE THE OTHER HEALTH PLAN ALTERNATIVES FROM THE CRITICS" I'M SURE YOUR RATINGS WOULD GO THROUGH THE ROOF FROM VIEWERS WATCHING IT!!!!!!!!!

    September 9, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. brad in austin

    I find it hard to believe that a woman who is supposed to be intelligent and able to do a rather difficult job such as being governor of a state can be so incredibly dim. If there are going to be death panels, then someone put her name down for a visit!

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Correction

    Sarah Palin did not "write" this. Her name got slapped on it by the coterie of vicious fascists she spokesmodels for. Anyone who doesn't know that absolute certainty is a moron.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  8. Samuel

    I don't understand why a Facebook entry from a former governor is news in CNN political Ticker. Grow up CNN

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Old Guy

    Why are we still seeing her opinions online. Her solution in all cases is opposite of any democratic proposal or status quo. She offers nothing but lies and the division of this country.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Sarah

    "But the fact reamains that Democrats' proposals would still empower unelected bureaucrats to make decisions affecting life or death health-care matters."
    Because we all know that it's only ok for unelected bureaucrats to make those types of decisions when it comes to abortion and a woman's right to choose....right? Double standard there Sarah Palin?

    And what is the big deal about spending? It's ok for Bush and the Republicans to spend an obscene amount on an unjustified war and rebuilding a country that we destroyed to begin with, but when it comes to trying to help our own country it's all of a sudden "wasteful spending?" What the heck is going on???

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. Beth

    Liar liar pants on fire.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. anonymous in Texas

    We already have "death panels" in the sense Palin is describing – Insurance companies. As a cancer patient (and a young one, not elderly), I have learned so much about how insurance companies operate and I can't see that the government could/would be more harsh than my company's insurance. Every request for a preauthorization is routinely denied to see if it will be requested again. i had this confirmed by someone who works for the company. when I asked "so do you just let people die while they wait for approvals?" the answer was not an emphatic NO, but "I cannot say what may or can happen in the future." Hmmm... My oncologist said more than 1/3 of his working hours are spent not curing patients but fighting with insurance companies to cover necessary treatments. All this to say that I'm horribly offended by the rhetoric of those who are most likely funded by the insurance companies claiming that it will be terrible because the government "might" do EXACTLY what the paid insurance companies are doing.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  13. bob

    i love this woman. shes one of the only politicians looking out for the average american.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Sandy

    OMG Will someone take the microphone from this woman already! Since most of us are not privy to the cushy healthcare that Sarah Palin has, we already know that we already have "death panels" in this country. They are called insurance companies and doctors who sit in offices never setting eyes on a patient and claiming a therapy or treatment to be unnecessary.

    And for all you repubs who think those without healthcare are lazy and do not want to work and pay for it think again. My healthy 8 year old daughter through no fault of anyone fought a rare condition for 7 years before finally succumbing to it in 2007. Her insurance capped out and financially ruined us. There is no way your average "Joe" can plan for the type of illness that will consume 1 million and above in care.

    So at the age of 45 I had to start over again from the bottom. And I did everything right, hard working, worked my way up the corporate republican ladder of capitalism, paid my taxes, saved for college, retirement, and owned my own home. I am so sick of politicians like Sarah Palin complaining about one solution given and not getting in there and trying to work through it for families like mine. That is what you are paid for, do your jobs!

    With the exception of sound bites all the republicans want to do is critique those who try to come up with solutions. They may not be the solutions that work, but at least they are trying!!!!!! Sometimes when faced with an overwhelming problem you have to keep putting ideas out there until the golden one wins!! I do not expect Obama to be perfect his first months in office, no job could possibly prepare you to run the greatest country in the free world. The job stands in a league of its own. So line up republicans behind others that only want to hurt a party for the spite of it and have no real intention of doing the job they were paid for except to reap the perks of public office.

    Politicians the whole lot of them should be thrown to the curb, take away their cushy healthcare plans and then maybe they would have a real dog in the fight so to speak. What do you think Sarah, if you really had to be concern of where your special needs child was going to get his care from, maybe then you would work to solve betcha!

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. ahk, beverly hills, ca

    Here she goes again.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  16. Gia

    Why is she still relevant? She resigned. She couldn't handle politics, and obviously couldn't understand them. She's irrelevant.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  17. Terry in Iowa

    This has been debunked by every legitimate and rational source. This is nothing but politics at its ugliest.

    The funning thing is there are already death panels. They are the health insurance carriers, who, for the sake of profit margins, deny and drop coverage. I guess I’d prefer an organization whose concern is my health and well being to one whose concern is their bottom-line.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  18. Jessie

    Unelected bureaucrats make health decisions now. They work for insurance companies. and earn large salaries.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  19. Moosehead

    First of all, ..i doubt Palin wrote that piece, her grasp of the English language negates that thought,... secondly, why are we even concerned with the opinion of a quitter and a looser?

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  20. joe

    she is so dumb.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  21. Scott

    Sarah Palin is the Lindsay Lohan of politics – when will this train wreck just get off of the stage????

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  22. reality in AR

    She really wears me out. Please stop giving her a voice. Out of all the women in the United States, Dems and Repubs, why does the press have to make her be the voice? There are so many intelligent, well rounded Republican females out there. Let them be heard. I beg you. This woman is obviously all about making a dollar, which I'm sure she's going to do. The more free press she gets, the more the offers pour in and she obviously does not care about being a great leader for the women of this country (and anyone else for that matter).

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  23. John

    How can this woman so willfully attempt to scare people by conjuring up these "death panels"? For someone so concerned about bureaucrats coming between a patient and their doctor, I would think she would be delighted that the government doesn't want to stop people from discussing how they want to spend their last days with their doctors. For many really critically ill people or even those who are suddenly rendered incapacitated by accidents or disease, being able to discuss with your doctor how far you want him or her to go to keep you alive is a vital discussion.

    September 9, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Todd Dominey

    Just. Go. Away. Please.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
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