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. Barry

    Not-governer-anymore Palin:
    Why is having "unelected bureaucrats" making medical decisions bad, but having someone in a profit-driven private insurance company making the decision good?

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  2. Brad - Ohio

    It is sad that Sarah gets paid to spread outright lies. How many of us could quit our real jobs to become a high-priced call girl?

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Fred the Moderate

    Sarah can't read. How would she know there is a death panel clause?

    Seriously, there is no death panles accept at the insurance companies when they decide not to cover critical operations, of which they do at a rate of 40% of the time, also the hospitals do the same thing when it comes to heart, liver and other transplants.

    September 9, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. FL Dem

    Palin, you are an idiot and so are your followers. Why don't you shut your ignorant mouth and let the American people educate themselves on the current proposals.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. tgsaad

    If she is really so worried about "death panels" then why isn't she speaking out against the "death panels" of the insurance companies? She wants to frighten ill-informed people about what the government might do, but ignore what insurance companies are already doing? That doesn't sound to me like she is really concerned about the consumer, just her own personal agenda.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Nic

    This woman is mentally ill, and the media needs to stop treating her as a valid political voice.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. Mike

    What an insightful person she is (note the sarcasm).

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. vmarsha

    What an idiot! We all know your idea of what the government should do which is resign their post at mid-term, give up on their state, and shoot off at the mouth for money.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. JackfromGA

    More lies and of course, another article she did not write. O.K. when will the Media start to challenge her on these lies? Enough is enough. Why won't she debate someone on these healthcare ideas of hers? If she is so smart, why not call up CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS or even Fox to request a debate on what she believes to be the Goverment take over of healthcare? I bet you won't see this happening because Sarah doesn't know a d a m n thing about healthcare or any other political matter. She's a quitter and should stay out of politics.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  10. Tom C in NY

    She has no credibility on this, or on any other issue of substance, and yet, the blowhard right wing editorialists/ideologues of the Wall Street Journal give her a soapbox, and her rabid, reactionary followers applaud her every word. But to most Americans, she is a joke!

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  11. rufus

    You are a bunch of fools for publishing anything this idiot has to say. Sensationalism is what CNN has become not Journalism.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. Tex

    Sarah Palin, you DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT WORDS MEAN. No "increased govt. involvement" coming from you just means "I'm going to sit by and do nothing; possibly not do my job." Oh wait, you did do that when you quit being a government official, which I assert makes you oh so irrelevant in governmental debate.

    Go chill with your stuffed wall-mount moose and GTFO out of continental American affairs.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. frank

    go get 'em, sarah!

    good for her speaking out

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Dave

    There is no sanctuary.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Brooks

    OMG! Will this stupid so in so ever just go the hell away? It has been proven over and over and over that this "death panel" thing was just another scare drummed up by the right wing nuts! Yet here she still is running her stupid mouth. Unreal. Nothing about how big Insurance giants actually make the decisions on whether you get the proper health care or not. They are the ones that deny care, insist that you leave the hospital before it is safe after a major surgery, cancel your policy because of some fine print loop hole that THEY designed to save themselves from having to pay. God I hate this stupid Palin woman. What a waste of a human being. I wish the media would STOP giving her a voice.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Chuck

    I would like Mrs. Palin to point out the exact page and paragraph of her unfounded claim. She cant.... You know why? Because its not in any of the proposals....

    Im a political independent. Please Mrs. Palin, dont insult us Americans with propaganda. Say something with substance and I will listen. Doesn't the republican party realize scare tactics just turn off voters. (Or do people really buy this kinda stuff?)

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  17. betty

    this woman is not only incredibly stupid – she's also incredibly dangerous

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  18. M.H.

    The twit who twitters and tweets is talking about common sense????

    Give me a break, Sarah!

    You wouldn't know common sense if it hit you in the head like a ton of bricks. Hey ... what an idea. Maybe you'd GET SOME then.

    Stuff a sock in it, Sarah.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  19. ps.

    When will the cheerleader offer more than getting everyone fired up about lies? When will she actually be informed enough to offer her own solutions. America doesn't want quitters and it doesn't need more people spewing false rhetoric. Until she wises up, Ms. Palin should shut-up.

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  20. karen Imhoff

    Wish she would just shut up. The woman is an idiot and the wall street journal should have a little bit of self respect .

    September 9, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  21. Sensible

    Ya da la da, ya da

    September 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Mike in LR

    Yes ma'am. I agree totally.

    Obama's far left vision for America will not be accepted by the majority, including government run healthcare. The people are center-right in ideology. A miniscule minority is far left.

    Let them force this centrally managed debacle down the throats of the people. It will be the last thing they do until they pack their bags to return home for good.

    September 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lord God, please keep this demented woman from crossing my path.

    September 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Haramin

    Ummm, by Palin's definition 'death panels' already exist! They are the organ transplant commitees that approve a patient getting on to a donor recepient list or not. They do weigh the pros and cons of whether you should live and are worth saving by getting the next heart, kidney or anything else. Is she aware of the CURRENT system in place before she starts crying foul???

    Point two: READ the bill, it says nothing of death panels and all she is doing is twisting about the truth, like she always has done cos she relies on a bunch of half educated lackeys to provde her information to her. You know,cos she is too busy reading 'all' the periodicals and magazines that are published (according to her Katie Couric interview!)

    September 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  25. Kathryn Hill

    Sarah Palin proves her inability to learn every time she opens her mouth or puts pen to paper. She appears to be the only one in America still talking about 'death panels'. Yet by blocking vital conversations between elderly and terminally ill patients regarding the kinds of services they would like to receive, Palin has effectively blocked a vital portion of the 'patient-centered' health care she says she supports. Like many Republicans, she appears to want to demolish Obama's Health Care Plan at all costs, even if it means running rough-shod over their own supposed values.

    Or maybe Palin just doesn't understand what she's talking about. Does she understand the difference between her 'death panel' rhetoric and the actual words in the Health Plan? Does she understand the meaning behind the catch-phrase 'patient-centered'? Or does Palin simply say words she has been told to say, string them together in her down-to earth, homey fashion without really understanding what she's saying?

    And what's worse: someone who talks earnestly about something she doesn't understand, or someone who talk out of both sides of her mouth, knowing that what she says is inconsistent and insincere, and just hoping we don't catch her at it?

    What's worse? It doesn't matter; it's all bad.

    September 9, 2009 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
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