[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/18/art.palinfb1018.fb.jpg caption="Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has once again taken to Facebook to weigh in on the debate over health care reform."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Sarah Palin wrote a 1,000-word Facebook “note” (including 17 footnotes) late Saturday night titled, “Good Intentions Aren't Enough with Health Care Reform.” In her post, the former Alaska governor reacts to the Senate Finance Committee’s approval of the health care bill, noting that now is “a good time to step back and take a look at the long term consequences should its provisions be enacted into law.”
Palin focused on the cost of the new bill on Americans, especially the middle class: “The Senate Finance bill is effectively a middle class tax increase … those making less than $200,000 will be hit hardest,” she said.
She also lashed out at President Obama, noting that his administration promised Americans the unemployment rate would stay below 8 percent if Congress passed the stimulus plan, but currently unemployment is hovering just shy of 10 percent.
She related this to the President’s promise to not sign a heath care bill that adds to the deficit over the next decade. Palin asked, “Should we believe the administration’s claims about health care when their promises have proven so unreliable about the stimulus?”
Palin offers her suggestion for health care reform: “Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called 'Cadillac' plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage.”