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. dem4obama

    shut up and go away already sarah palin !! former gop vice presidential
    candidate and former govenor of alaska. all former!!! you' re a nobody !!!
    why continue to post anything more this woman has to say!

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. mac

    So Sarah Palin says that the "Death Panels" are real. The true question is whether Sarah Palin is real. She is so far removed from reality.

    She complains that "Unelected Bureaucrats" will be making life and death health decisions. And just who are the insurance company beancounters who admit or deny coverage claims? Answer: Unelected Bureaucrats – and these bureaucrats answer to their bosses who answer to their stockholders who demand profits! That's what "Market Oriented" means.

    Life and death decisions will always be part of medical care – ideally made by the patient and his/her physician.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. owl

    I wonder who really wrote this op-ed. It couldn't have been Palin. Every sentence has both a subject and an object.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  4. Biscoe

    Please let her keep talking... the more she talks, the more ignorant she and the other obstructionist republicans sound. I actually feel sorry for intelligent republicans... they have to listen to this and pretend to support this wack job...

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  5. Ted W

    In the Wall Street Journal, eh? How cheap and sensational of them to print the words of such a well known ignoramus. Next we'll hear from Paris Hilton on the value of 401K contributions. All to sell a few more papers. I didn't know the WSJ was having such hard times, but the presence of this article clearly demonstrates their economic woes.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Jimmy the Geek, American Taliban

    Palin should follow her own advice and quit makin' stuff up. Will Palin continue to lie about proposed health care reforms? You betchya.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  7. Chris

    I love how she brings the "Death Panel" issue back up, in all probability causing less discerning readers to think "Oh, hey Leroy, them death panels were real after all!" with her wording. "You betcha" that this was on purpose. I love how the republicans go after the ignorant and ill-informed first. It really scares me to think that this woman could have been vice president.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Real??

    In Palin's convoluted brain, she thinks it is real. Just ask her grand baby daddy if she is in touch with reality.

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

    I feel bad for Sarah Palin. Abandoning her state yet she still sorely wants the public spotlight.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    There once was a president named Barack,
    Who thought 2 terms was a lock,
    But his policies are miserably failin',
    And we hope that Sarah Palin,
    In 2012 will clean his clock.

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  11. Diane P

    who cares what she says?

    September 9, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. St. Louis Jake

    Typical right wing tactic. Keep telling the lie often enough and it becomes the truth.

    Sorry, Sarah – not this time. America is not buying it.

    Now, go away.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. ALAN J

    Why are you in the media continuing to give a voice to this whack job woman? She is as intelligent as a flea. She knows that the media feeds off of her off colored way out in left field logic that only makes sense to the people in her head and those who are just like her; nut cases. She should divorce todd and shack up with Rush they are two nuts who would make beautiful noise together.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Jim

    MAYBE IF SARA SAYS IT ENOUGH TIMES, IT WILL BECOME TRUE. but probably not. it didn't work during her pathetic campaign debacle. it won't work now. people are sick and tired of lies and fear. that's all the GOP and former GOP (who quit their jobs halfway through term) have got: lies and fear. keep on diggin' GOP, you'll get out of that hole if you get just a little deeper in negativity. keep on keepin' on.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Bob

    Palin is truly crazy. The only death-panel she knows about is which moose to kill!!

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  16. Jen

    Don't let unimportant things like FACTS get in the way of your money-making efforts and elf-promotion, Sarah.... Seriously, does anyone really care what she thinks?

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  17. virginia

    didnt she resign?

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  18. Nailin Palin.

    I do wish there were death panels, and that this woman was brought before one.

    This will be McCain's one and only legacy: unleashing this uneducated, ignorant, divisive, mindless, incompetent on the american people.

    Good day.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  19. Mary

    Palin's an idiot. I wonder how many of her 1,110 words actually made sense...?

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  20. ETM

    "Common sense tells us" that Palin remains one of the most vacuous, ignorant politicians ever to appear on the national stage. More than that, however, she is truly a malicious presence, always using fear and smear tactics to advance her own ambitions and interests.

    The biggest problem with this woman, however, is not her ample stupidity but her ruthless attempts to gain power by tapping into the most unhinged elements of American society, most of whom are already in a state of apoplexy over the election of an intelligent, urbane, multicultural man as president.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. DJ in TX

    Why are we still giving this woman any credence? All she is doing is repeating GOP rhetoric. This kind of madness has got to stop. Please bring up LEGITIMATE questions and debate vs. this death panel crap. People everyday make living wills stating how to or how not care for them in certain situations. Take a look at the town in Wisconsin. They have REDUCED some costs by spreading the word on having this sort of counseling. Even they are asking for medicare to help with the costs of the counseling by the doctors. That's all this bill was saying. If you CHOOSE (not forced) to have end of life counseling, then Medicare would pay for the consultations. It takes several sessions with the family and others to make sure everyting is understood and to the person's wishes.

    No one is forced to do the counseling. The government is NOT making any decisions. It is the family and the doctors. The government will just help pay for it for those who can't.

    I really don't see how people would put this woman in our highest office. Hell, I'd rather see President Bush back in vs. Mrs. Palin. Just look at the state of affairs in Alaska. It is not as rosy as you would believe. Anyway, she is just a private citizen like the rest of us. why doesn't CNN give the rest of us time like Mrs. Palin?

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  22. Kristin

    Will Sarah Palin ever stop? Have a plan and sell it based on its merits, but stop lying about other ideas! Palin is a phony!

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  23. RO better do some research before you speak...agh!

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  24. anna

    holy crazy

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  25. hawkeye

    The media buys it??? The idiot speaks again. Enough already.

    September 9, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
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