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. Liberal4Obama

    Why is CNN not covering the fact that Sarah Palin bailed out on her readers, it's all over youtube... come on CNN you put this woman on display everyday for profit yet you ignore the fact that she is treating people like dirt... Fair and Balanced?

    November 21, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  2. Mickey

    Armchair Politics at it's best. She must be taking her cue from Dick Cheney.

    Nobody cares what you think, Sarah. Now GO AWAY aready!

    November 21, 2009 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  3. Doug - Dallas

    Sarah, you must have been talking to Mr. Crapo because you're full of his crap. The vote is because our illustrious Senate could not get around to it during the week. Are you really that stupid?

    November 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. Sean

    Listening to Palin on anything plitical is like listening to Btittainy Spears. This lady in NUTS!

    November 21, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. Jerry-Dallas-Tx

    This party is gone ROGUE ! Guess what? If I told Republicans the current President of Scotland is Tony Blair and I repeat it time and again they will accept it.
    How did the party of Lincoln end into such shame? Do we start to blame Reagan and Bushes?
    This is woman is complete insult to American intellect.

    November 21, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. keith

    blah blah blah..that's all i hear from this woman!

    November 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. proud conservative

    EXACTLY right!

    November 21, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  8. Dave C - NJ

    LOL. Let her keep talking. It's pure entertainment. Until the GOP comes up with a serious candidate (ie, someone that is not a total joke) they will stay at the bottom where they belong. I'm no fan of the Dems however the GOP is pure scum.

    Complain all you want about the "vile hatred from the left." Yes, I do have hatred for their backwards stupidity. The GOP has ALWAYS been wrong on science, taxes, environment, health...the list is endless.

    The GOP is the Party of "ME."

    November 21, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Stay away.

    I think it is about time that Mrs. Palin stop sticking her nose in everybody's business. Now she is criticizing the democrats heath care program as well as the senate health care vote for Saturday. She is making a fool of herself and I think she should stay away from the spot light and just sale her book. If this the way to pave the road to the 2012 presidential election she is going about it the wrong way. We have better educated women in this country and I do not know what people see in her. She could not not even run her own state and if you think she can run the country, think twice.

    November 21, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. mario mtl ca

    Cnn fall in love with Palin no doubt, still take any words she said even when it's stupid

    November 21, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. Patsy, Texas

    Well, Sara Pain certainly knows all about out-of-control politicians.
    She heads the list. Her uninformed, hateful, name-calling
    rhetoric is just what American does not need. I truly pity the people
    who find her, and those who are just like her, appealing. They
    apprently are just as inadequate as those they admire. If these
    people had any self-esteem they would not have to resort to being
    part of the problem, and instead would contribute to solving
    the problems. Debate is a good thing; unwillingness to listen is
    not. The stain on Pain, is mainly in her brain. Thank you

    November 21, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  12. Jeff, Huntington Beach, CA

    Never thought I'd be able to say this but I am in agreement on Palin's observation for tort reform. Congress really should do something about out of control legal expense regarding malpractice claims.

    Truth of the matter is, somebody must have given her this talking point because she is really too stupid to come up with something based on common sense on her own. The problem with Sarah and the Republicans is they will not participate in any real debate in regards to reforming our totally messed up, insurance company controlled healthcare in this country. Than there are the ignorant lemmings who will buy her fictional book while praising God for their new savior.

    What a joke... but than, why would we expect any better from such self centered, self serving, self righteous ignorance.

    November 21, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. Fed up Monority

    She can't even comprehend the bill......same old same old from this women......what are your solutions....SARAH FAILIN PALIN

    November 21, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  14. Kenneth Brush

    This woman is dangerous. CNN, you should be ashamed to give her lies a forum.

    November 21, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  15. Mark Robinson

    The news media keeps covering the idiocy that this woman spouts. Is the world in such good shape that this is legitimate news? Sarah Palin would not know the difference between Israel and Lebanon without a cue card. She is a means for the far right wing of the Republican party to speak their agenda without having any real leadership among them. The RNC should denounce her as an aberration left over from a hot political campaign and move into the future with their search for real people with real minds and the ability to use them Take a page from the liberals and "move on".

    November 21, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Rush,the carnival barker

    I laugh at this lowlife Corporate shill daily,hahaha

    November 21, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  17. AJ

    Palin,s Common Sense Solutions..... keep everything exactly the same, and fine people for not buying health coverage.

    Don't be afraid of the GOP pro-corporate scare tactics. Basic Health Care for everyone, now.

    November 21, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  18. buzzy

    Why do you keep giving her space? Hits? Adverts? What?

    November 21, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  19. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    The 2000 pages are in big print, so even republicans will be able to read it. The 72 hour window gives ample time as it is around 400 pages if it was in the same print as "Going Rogue."

    Did I miss something, or did Sarah forget to mention her lies about death panels? The common sense solutions of the GOP is more tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

    November 21, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |

    For someone who is no longer a politician, and quit her post, big mouth Palin sure has a lot of opinions on the political process.

    November 21, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Nika4

    Why this woman still is receiving so much press is beyond me. She is as ignorant and uninformed as anyone in the public eye, and yet, she has an opinion on everything. Or, as my father used to say, opinions are like (restricted word) and everybody has one.

    November 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  22. Lois

    What is up with these late night weekend votes though?

    November 21, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  23. Laughing all the way

    This comment from someone (the quitter of college, governor, whatever) who evens back out of her book signing venues. Oh yes, we VALUE her opinion !!!

    November 21, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  24. Edwin

    Jeff wrote "...but I am in agreement on Palin's observation for tort reform. Congress really should do something about out of control legal expense regarding malpractice claims."

    My understanding is that states which do cap malpractice claims actually have higher insurance premiums. Controlling the legal expenses is therefore not likely part of the solution.

    November 21, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  25. Kevin

    Thank God no one takes her seriously. Did she take time to study the
    health care bill after reading "all of those newspapers" she reads?
    One can only hope that she is the Republican front runner in 2012!

    November 21, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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