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. Chris in California

    CNN, please? No more Palin.

    November 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Robert

    Oh please... ENOUGH of this woman already. If she is complaining that the Democrats are voting for healthcare then they must be doing something right...

    This woman does not have the support of but 25% of the Republican party. Not the nation, only their party. Please stop covering her like she has the support of 75% of all Americans.

    November 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. chris

    She's ridiculous! A majority of Americans support this. Lies, lies and more lies from the rebubs.

    November 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. cora

    Palin was in the bus and couldn't hear the people out side the bus, why was she running from the cold and rain, they stood out there to see her and get there books signed, Once again she's ran away.

    November 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. george

    Please, please, PLEASE Republican party, run Sarah as your candidate!! It's the best move you could possibly make for our country. She can represent everything Republicans stand for, talk eloquently and passionately about issues, give in depth interviews to Katie about what she reads now that she quit the people of Alaska, and in general be the voice of all those conservatives who just want to keep things the way they are. She is best person out there, and with her running, Democrats can just focus on making this country stronger, healthier, richer, and continue to undo the Bush legacy. Democrats- quit worrying about Sarah Who. Don't you see that her representing the Republican side is the best thing that can happen for this country?? No worries.

    November 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. palinbachman 2012

    Sorry we're going rogue and doing it anyways

    November 21, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. sheri

    WHY does this whining woman get so much press-it makes me wish for the ballon boy coverage! ENOUGH! Why should anyone care what she thinks!

    November 21, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  8. GOPer

    Please – Shut up already and go home. We all know you are going to run in 2012 on the Indpt. ticket. We get it, please put us out of our misery till 2012 and go home.

    November 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Barb

    she is a no brainer

    November 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  10. Rick

    Again, why is the woman still in the news?

    November 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. Fuzzbee in LA

    Yeah, let's do nothing on health care. Great idea, Sarah! Why don't we reroute the money that would be spent on uninsured Americans and use it to sponsor new ways of slaughtering defenseless animals instead?

    Perhaps we could use some of that loot to arm some of our more maverick-y citizens with automatic weapons, drill for oil in Yellowstone and other national parks and buy you a few thousand more power suits? After all, we know you sweat an awful lot and it takes a heap o' money to keep that helmet of hair and trough of makeup in place.

    Who needs health care, anyway? Your brilliant ideas are a beacon that will lead us into an enormous pit of moose dung and mascara!

    November 21, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. john

    Retire peacefully, Palline

    November 21, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. carole

    I find it difficult to understand WHY CNN is giving so much print and
    air time to news about Sarah Palin? I don't know why you are not
    giving similar amounts of time to others who are pro health care
    reform. You recently reported that the majority of people in this country do not feel she is qualified for President. Given the fact that she didn't finish out her term as governor of Alaska, that many untruths
    have been found in her book, that she is comfortable demagoguing
    "death panels", etc. I find it incomprehensible. It's tantamount to
    dishing every opinion of Rush Limbaugh. If she is not seen as
    "qualified" by so many, why do your give her free exposire???

    November 21, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Chip Pudims

    Congress is living up to the transparency promise, only what we are seeing is how the process really works through coercin by tactics such as threats and bribes. It may sound contradictory, but what's transparent is the lack of transparency.

    November 21, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. Joe C

    An ideal dissertation for a Psychiatrist or psychoanalyst Doctoral candidate would be to analyze, dissect and evaluate WHY Sarah Palin breeds so much HATE as evidence in all the comments above and below this one. Look at the incredible emotional reaction she creates and how she brings out the WORST in human behavior. The conservatives love her and the liberals hate her and BOTH will tell you in this blog topic THEY are right. What I never understood is that in particular the LEFT was the jury, judge and electioneer BEFORE they even knew anything about her. Then before she even spoke it became a free for all to see which reporter , which network, which comedy sitcom would embarrass he the most. SO, contrary to what venom people like HERE in this forum spread about her and her being inept or incompetent, THEY DON’T EVEN KNOW. Because it is NOT about any of that. Which is why it would be a great case study for Psychiatrist or psychoanalyst . And, maybe reveal the “dark” side of human behavior. Maybe based on fear , ignorance, or even deeper personal challenges or anxieties.

    I mean just look at the ratio of comments allowed by CNN’s blog approvers, about 90 to 1 (Negative vs positive). Most likely they won’t post this because it is not damming against Palin, who they seem to ALSO be afraid of. (just listen to Anderson Cooper on any given night)

    But, one thing is for sure, she is a polarizing figure that draws and intense hate and love form opposite sides of the aisle. Don’t believe me ? Just attend one of her public appearances. She draws Barack Obama size crowd and she NOT even a politician. Ok, all you left-wing hate squad, let your venom flow….

    November 21, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |

    This woman is the epitomy of "stupidity". Evidently "Sarah" has never
    had a problem with health care provided "freely" for her whole family1

    Sarah, and her followers do not know what they are doing by driving
    the middle class further in the hole.

    My family always had health care and Never had anything to worry about because we are all hard, hard workers. So I thought we had
    nothing to worry about!!!! Thanks to the Democrats who pointed it all out. How the Health Care companies "run" our nation with their GREED! And how we only "thought" we were "covered" by health care
    UNLESS we get sick and our employer fires us because we have
    "an illness"!

    AND those people standing in line for her books, "Father, forgive,
    them, for they know not what they are doing!!!!""""""""

    And the "evangelical" PRAY FOR OBAMA" stickers. The meaning behind them is SICK!!!!! and "chock full of trickery to the Americans!!
    I bet "SARAH" loves the sticker! Does she have one on her care yet!!!!!


    November 21, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. hm,florida

    like she has anything coherent to say. all she's good at is lying and even better at the cover up.
    please cnn like so many post here stop covering her or at least keep it to as little as possible.

    November 21, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  18. Pathetic

    I'm starting to wonder what is more pathetic – Sarah Palin, or CNN's obsession with her.

    November 21, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  19. Zac

    Can somebody shut her up already? She's an ignorant dumb dumb who offers no solutions. SHUT UP ALREADY!!!! Go focus on your book tour....oh wait you're screwing that up too!!!

    November 21, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. J LAKE

    If Palin can criticize, then she better be able to "DO".

    No use grumbling, if you can't do any better.

    November 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Marty

    Sarah Palin – what would you do with your family if your medical insurance were canceled ?

    November 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  22. CoolObserver2009

    Failin Palin doesn't have enough to keep busy... obviously. Facebook, Twitter, Slamming Senate Vote...Who looks after this woman's kids?

    November 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  23. Sarah's book is GREAT

    Clearly none of you loons has read it. You wouldn't dare - it might open up a tiny little window in your bigoted pea-brain! You prefer spouting the other stuff from the other end - how "impressive" you are!

    November 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Casey

    Ms. Palin. Look at me. Watch my mouth. We don't care what you think or say. Go home.

    November 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Emiro Burbano

    Keep going Sarah Palin.
    They (opposition to capitalism and USA) know you represent something right.

    Common sense.
    Lav ya

    November 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
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