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. Patrice

    Why, oh why, oh why do you continue to give this woman a voice??? Is there no other Republican who has something cogent to say about the health care debate? Come on. Your are journalists, not tabloid reporters. Right?

    November 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. jay in CA

    What does her opinion matter anymore? shes not in politics. She just whines and moans and the first someone says something against her she plays the victim card. This woman is a danger to America!

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  3. Martin

    Help, I am so confused. All this time I thought the health care reform bill was a good thing and now this! Palin says it is no good. I don't know what to think anymore.

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Reagan was wrong

    Sarah Palin is a private citizen who inserts herself into complex discussions via talking points, platitudes and, as we've seen repeatedly, flat out lies (ie "death panels").

    Implanting this sort of garbage into the simple minds of the mostly uneducated and heavily armed GOP base is not just irresponsible, but outright dangerous.

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. Steve in Kentucky

    CNN, you all need a news judgment tune-up.

    Why don't you run a story about Not-Joe the Not-Plumber "slamming" the health care bill?

    Why not report what Levi Johnson has to say about the health care bill?

    For the same reason you shouldn't have run this. It ain't news, guys!

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  6. Hot Dog

    Why is the news media constantly notifying the public as to what her opinions are on political issues? Who really cares? Divisive politics is not good for this country.

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. West Texan

    We might as well stop griping and let this woman do her thing. It has been and will likely to continue to be entertaining, if you know what I mean. In terms of what all this hubbub means for her, who cares? If conservatives want her to be the torch-bearer of their party, so be it. I want her to be their torch-bearer, too!

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Eric

    Palin - the leader of the party of NO.

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. the dude

    come on–she is like Rush Limbaugh...she's an entertainer now...she has no serious chance to win any significant election...and everyone knows it...stop posting everything she says or does as news–its irrelevant. In fact, all she is doing is helping Democrats–she is driving a wedge between moderate Republicans and those right wing psychos that support her–enough already, let her go on her money making tour and dissapear–she'll be a trivia question by 2014....

    November 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  10. ChicoDon

    It's just amazing how ugly you people are based on your posts.

    It seems we Conservatives attack policies and you Liberals will always attack the person or their husband or their kids or their accent or...Fill in the blank.

    Great conversation...

    November 21, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. Stu

    Democrats = party of taxes and welfare. Democracies die when they discover they can vote themselves "free" money. People wake up. The pool of folks who actually pay income taxes is rapidly shrinking and the pool of welfare and entitlement junkies, who refuse to get a job and do for themselves, is rapidly growing. Soon the rubber won't meet the road anymore and when you have huges masses of welfare addicts suddently without welfare freebies, chaos erupts. Healthcare reform can be better worked by eliminating punitive lawsuits, allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines, and (the hardest part) forcing all of us to pay for our own medical bills to a greater extent. When demand goes down (since we can't afford the bill), the healthcare industry will find ways to lower the costs.

    Taxpayer funded welfare is never the answer.

    November 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  12. moonbeam

    Every day and sometimes more often, this woman comes out with another moronic, untrue or simply outrageous statement, and the media rushes to give her full attention. Isn't there any kind of restraint still existing in journalism? Certainly those in power at our media outlets must understand that anything she says will be taken as gospel truth by those poor unfortunates on the right who are still glassy-eyed from the Pain kool-aid they've been consuming daily. Have some pity: Stop aiding and abetting her in her effort to muddle the minds of the few GOP who are still capable of independent thought. The media gives her more time and print space than our president gets. Shameful!

    November 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Mark Corwin

    Death panels etc–except for a fringe group we all know the group that controls health care in this country is the 'HEALTH" insurance companies. They follow (no, lead) the usual watchword of American busines greed. Ii's really so sad..

    November 21, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  14. Sickofher

    The book can purchased for $4.95! What does that say to her?

    November 21, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. joanne

    She's finished messing with Alaska and our good will, onward to destroying other good will and good sense.

    Stay away Sarah.

    November 21, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  16. Gary Bebout

    I agree with Martha Stewart. Sarah Palin is dangerous. When will she go away.

    November 21, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  17. Janalee

    For all you left-wing nuts that don't think Sarah should be voicing her opinion, I've got news for you. This is still America, a free country remember? Its you liberals that want to limit free speech when someone doesn't agree with you. If you don't like what she has to say, don't listen/read. You don't have to be a politician to say what you think. Isn't that what facebook and other venues allow us to do? Or do you want to shut down facebook too? Sarah has all you liberals on the run and you don't know what to do about it. If she is so insignificant why is all of America listening to her? You must be shaking in your boots, ....oh, wait, no, maybe its that chill you got up your leg like chris matthews did when obozo spoke. Sarah is NOT going away, deal with it! GO SARAH!!!

    November 21, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  18. Tony in Maine

    Sarah the Omniscient knows "what the American people want." Every Republican politician always "knows what the American people want."

    Where they blow it is in confusing their corporate masters or the religious right with the American people.

    November 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  19. PK California

    On what authority does she have a say in what the Congress does or does not do? She has an opinion, like all Americans' have, but to give her the publicity she craves, is just feeding her dilusional ego! She is a has-been in everything she has doe and just happens to be selling a comic book.

    November 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. Galen

    Didn't she resign her governership so she could write and promote her book?!?!? How much notice did she give to Alaskans? Why is her opinion newsworthy? Is it really even possible that she would think she could run for president? She bailed on her state, does not know any US policy, has been mired in ethics scandals, and is proud to state that her personal religious views dictate her political stance! She is an icky person even for politicians.

    November 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Hush

    Folks, get your news somewhere else, CNN is sucking in the green over your backs, it's called free market journalism. Open your eyes and recognize what is happening, take back your sovereignty.

    November 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Hinkler

    Not that I am a fan of running legistlation through the system without being fully reviewed, but if the opposition of a bill is just going to scream, THIS IS TERRIBLE!!! without offering a compromise, I have no sympathy for them. Dems want a 2500 cap on FSA, Repubs say THIS IS GOING TO HURT SPECIAL NEEDS PARENTS!!!!. Fine, then what is an appropriate number? Both sides say the other is wrong, but imo, if you have a differing view on something, present a different solution WITH DETAILS. Repubs seem to have several sticking points....tort reform, abortion funding, who is eligible.....all of these sticking points are also views of the constituents. You were elected by the people to serve as a represenitive for your state. So that means that if you must vote on something you don't really believe in or you may know is wrong, you best talk to your constituents and get them behind you. You were not elected by the DNC or RNC.

    November 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Crazy Harry

    Do we really care what this hypocritical nutcase has to say?

    The hypocritical nutcases do.

    November 21, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. hollywood ricky pt.2

    i wish that this woman would go back noth to alaska ...... "and sit her tail down". now i can see how her daughter got pregnated. where was the mother? she should of been at home teaching them family values.... and she wouldn't be a grandmother so soon. palin is so fake.....

    November 21, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Hector from Canada

    I believe that the press does not have much to inform. That is the reason they are having fun with this lady that is looking to be in the newspapers. Anyway, she says whatever comes to her mouth and mind because everything comes to her mouth first, and after that to her mind. She doesn't connect her brain to what she says. The problem is not this woman, is the press that is having lots of fun writing everything she says because they know that there are others that think, the way she thinks. I hope the American people do not buy the ignorance of this person.

    November 21, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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