November 21st, 2009
03:01 PM ET
13 years ago

Palin slams Senate health care vote

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Sarah Palin weighed in on the health care debate Friday night."]
WASHINGTON (CNN)– Revisiting some of her campaign trail talking points, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin weighed in on the Senate health care vote, criticizing the Democrats and Majority Leader Harry Reid for a lack of transparency.

"Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is pushing for yet another weekend vote (commonplace now for the party of "transparency") because he knows that the American people will be none too happy about the Democrats' proposal the longer they have to look it over," Palin wrote late Friday night in a posting on her Facebook page.

Republicans, who have expressed opposition to the Democrats' bill from the beginning, have threatened to read the full 2,074 page bill during Senate debate, claiming the more Americans hear about what is in the bill, the less they will like it.

Palin went on to talk about features in the bill: government spending, abortion, and help for special needs children.

"While this Saturday night vote might seem like a procedural matter, at the end of the day a vote against Senator Reid's motion is a vote against massive new government spending and a take-over of 1/6th of the U.S. economy; it's a vote against billions in tax increases and penalties; it's a vote against federal funding of abortion; and it's a vote against ignoring responsible tort reform," Palin wrote. "Among the provisions in this bill will be a $2,500 cap on Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). The IRS allows families with special needs children to use FSAs to cover educational expenses. This new $2,500 cap will hit these families especially hard and cost them hundreds of dollars in new taxes every year."

Palin concluded by encouraging Americans to voice their opposition to their senators before the vote.
"The American people don't support this – we support the commonsense solutions that have been proposed, but totally ignored by (at this point) some out-of-control Washington politicians. Let's put a stop to Obamacare before it goes any further," she wrote.

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soundoff (305 Responses)
  1. Real American

    I cant' understand how someone who has no plan or ideas of their own can criticize those of others. Can someone please help me understand this? The GOP had more than enough time in control to come up with a healthcare plan and they didn't,now they want us to believe that they are against this plan for our own good? No thanks i'm not buyin' what the GOP is selling. Not only that but they would be more credible if they didn't disagree with EVERYTHING the PRESIDENT is proposing.

    November 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Aspen Professor

    Ah yes, Palin once again states that Americans do not support the health care bill. What a convenient lie!

    Isn't it odd that the Repubs, supported by fewer than 40% of Americans, continue to claim their "majority". The lies and hypocrisy continue from the right -wing extremists. Their philosophy is a simple one. Lie often and loudly enough and make it sound like a majority.

    November 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. punx

    ... because preventing democratic debate is bad for all Americans.

    November 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. weequahic68

    If Palin actually had credibility, this might mean something...........

    November 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  5. David Johnson

    Who cares what Sarah thinks? She can't even stick with a book signing. I hope she is Obama's opponent in 2012. She can even read her concession speach this time!

    November 21, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
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