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. Brit

    The devil slams goodness. . . next?

    November 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. kgeukes Michigan

    Failin' Palin did it again...left about 100 of her so-called fans in the rain after they waited for over 9 hours just to see her raggedy a$$...She needs to shut up because I really don't think there are too many people out there who believe her schitck anymore!! She ought to be ashamed of herself!!

    November 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  3. jordan

    What a silly, empty-headed woman!

    November 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  4. D. Tree

    The Senate is making me proud today – we are witnessing the our government acting in the way the Founders envisioned.

    Each step forward passing this reform is evidence of our wonderful Democracy in action.

    I pity those like Sarah Palin who cannot see the beauty in that.

    November 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  5. sandlot

    sarah you quitter, your opinion means nothing. You gave up your righjt to say anything when you quit serving the dozens of people in alaska. Besides the odds of you reading that bill are about a billion to one. More likely, you just sit in front of the mirror, combing your hair, and looking at the pictures in that "best seller" of yours.

    November 21, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. scott

    CNN is going from the Michael Jackson channel to the Sarah Palin channel. At least Michael Jackson had relevance and talent. CNN, please cover something with importance or a positive story – please!

    November 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. moosehead

    This woman has reinvented reality, with her delusional rantings, blatant lies spewed forth with impunity, and the media has put her on a pedestal. Her misguided followers have no clue , as to how dangerous she really is.

    November 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Moderate Al

    CNN, please stop reporting on Sarah Palin. Please.

    November 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. democrackpipe

    Come on CNN, you are abusing the American people. Most now oppose your health bill. Most oppose rape. Most oppose killing babies. So quit twisting news stories in an effort to promote all of these nasty causes.

    November 21, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. Matt

    Dear CNN,

    Please stop reporting every time Sarah Palin speaks. I don't find it newsworthy or interesting.


    November 21, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Emma

    Yes indeed, we should always govern the country the way Palin would govern it if she has a chance. Folks, don't you see her transparency?
    She does not care about the hardships of Americans – just wants to see her name in lights.

    November 21, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Diane

    HOORAY FOR HEALTH CARE! I am totally happy about it. That we have gone this long without it is disgraceful and Palin and her death panel silliness can go take a long walk off a short pier.

    November 21, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  13. Brian in California

    I'll let my voice be heard sarah.........PASS THIS BILL!!! PASS THIS BILL!!!

    "The American people don't support this.."
    No Miss Palin, the chior you continually preach to do not support this, the reast of us who live in the real world do support this reform and the path it is following into fruition.

    And please let's stop calling her "Governor". She quit her job. If someone can't even handle their first term in office and quits halfway through then they do not deserve to hold onto the title.

    November 21, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  14. Outsider

    Sarah Palin must not be following the healthcare debate too closely with her comment about abortion. As a very strong Catholic...I am very glad to see that there IS an amendment included in both the House and the Senate bill that basically denies federal coverage for abortion. If Sarah Palin had been watching any of the news channels lately, she would see that the Pro-Abortion crowd is very upset about the amendments that have been added as they believe it will result in less women getting insurance coverage for the procedure. Yet, Sarah keeps harping on and on with her own version.

    If she is that out of touch with just one little aspect of the healthcare debate, I wonder what else she is not up to par with....

    November 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Gop

    Well I think it would be great for all of you people trash-talking Palin to be sent to prison and have a $250.000 fine your president and liberal Democrats placed in your so-called health bill.

    I’m yet to be shocked by all the ignorant liberals on this site that hate Palin. Do you people get emails or text messages from your liberal left wing nut party as to what you should write down in this forum?

    The problem is most of you here that are salivating over this bill have no clue as to what is in it and how badly it was written.

    The only good thing I believe will come out of this bill is how many Democrats will get beat in the 2010 elections.

    Sarah Palin has more brains in her one finger then all you left wing nuts writing in this forum and she makes more sense then all of you hateful ignorant low life liberals!

    November 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  16. J. R.

    Who really cares what the former 1/2 term governor thinks about anything. When she walked away from her job in mid-stream – her opinion became moot. Sell your "ghost writer's" book Sarah – make a lot of money – go back to Alaska – and leave the lower 48 alone!

    November 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. Kiki

    All these flunkies voting for this obamacare debt will be remembered at the polls for sure. We need to vote these clowns and their leader out of office. Just you wait and see!!!

    November 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  18. Joey Arbagey

    I'm sure the president is sitting down with his family right now to discuss when the first "death panel" should take place.

    November 21, 2009 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Jaybird

    Two words for Sarah Palin YOU LIE!!!!!

    November 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. Joseph Agunbiade

    I think we should continue to be amused by Palin's interesting character, while we pay little or no attention to her words. Republican fear tactics may not work this time as health care bill will soon be passed

    November 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  21. Jim

    Republicans, plus many rich Dems and Independents have been consistant in their objections to Health Care reform. They are brutally honest with their beliefs that they would rather see many of their fellow Americans die because of lack of insurance than to pay extra taxes. It is certainly their right as Americans to worship the dollar above the welfare of others. However, while their honesty about their "money values" is appreciated, I wish they would be equally honest about their spiritual beliefs. They are not Christians. They certainly are not followers of the teachings of Christ any more than Muslim or Jewish extremists are followers of God.

    November 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  22. SOLID D

    Criticizing is imagination is required. It takes guts, intelligence and courage to provide solutions to the problem. I guess that's why this woman does nothing but criticize and never submit anything that sounds remotely like a solution.

    November 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. C.R.

    Blah, blah, blah! Palin the mental midget continues to spew nonsense while providing a whole new level of entertainment for the rest of us.

    November 21, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Matt T

    She is probably just disappointed that the Senate bill doesnt make it mandatory for sexual assault victims to pay for their own medical investigations.

    November 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. ThinkAgain

    Palin is nothing but a pretty-faced GOP shill, out there repeating GOP talking points.

    Abortion is legal in this country, and there's nothing wrong with providing funding for it under this health plan. My tax dollars pay for plenty I don't agree with (specifically, all the money we've paid Blackwater and the other mercenary military contractors); that just goes with the territory of a democracy.

    Regarding tort reform, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has shown that limiting malpractice liability could cut health care spending by 0.5 percent – wow, what a savings – NOT!

    And since when does Palin really care about special needs children? You know, beyond using her son as a political prop?
    She has spent more time away from Trig than with him ...She should keep her lectures to herself!

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    November 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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