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

Palin slams Senate health care vote

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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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  1. Sara

    I don't understand why Palin & Co. don't want the bill to be debated. What are they afraid of? Let's let the politicians have a good, long, open debate with the media fact checking everything they say. How on earth could that be anything but productive?

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

    Because ordinary Americans spend their free time reading legislation. Palin can barely read and verbally express herself without sounding like a grade schooler. And now she fails to grasp that this vote SENDS THE BILL FOR DEBATE. So a note for Sara....debate does NOT mean the final vote....it means Americans will hear the people the ELECT to REPRESENT THEM debate the merits and demerits of this legislation.

    And if you notice Sara, most of these legislators have been in congress longer than you've been a governor. So Sara and friends...leave it to the people that know a bit more than you'll ever be capable of understanding.

    November 21, 2009 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  3. ross berg-buffalo ny

    Even though the latest polls again show that nearly 80% of swing voters think Sarah Palin is totally unqualified to hold national office...you've got to give her high marks for staying in the national media spotlight...and for making lots of money selling her book!!!

    An interesting question is ...if she were not good looking would we still be discussing her?? I for one doubt it!!!

    November 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. JF

    I love that Palin is a Republican.
    I love that no Repubs will speak honestly in public denouncing her, while you can clearly see them squirming to get away from the question.
    I love that the world sees her as the biggest phony in politics today, yet repubs cant say anything.
    I love that she is internationally known as "stupid"!
    I love that along with people like Rush, she will torpedo the right wing!

    Dems may not be perfect, but at least they are attempting to fix things.
    Obama may make some mistakes...but the last guy...
    broke the world!

    November 21, 2009 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. Jim

    Mrs. Palin has learned well from celebrities like Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh. Spewing verbal garbage no matter how untrue and unethical gets press and makes money...LOTS of money!
    But there's also a scary side. Millions of people actually subscribe to this train of thought!

    November 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. JJ in NY

    Sarah Palin is a true American patriot, and America loves her !

    .... except for the looney fringe liberals.

    November 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. Drew

    Let';s stop giving valuable news coverage time to people who don't matter. Ms. Palin dos not matter. She is a footnote (and an embarassment) to the intellect of our time.
    Let's move on to people who have an intelligent addition to make to our national discourse.
    Sarah Palin's 15 minutes are up.

    November 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  8. mnscott

    Who is this Sara Palin? Is she a legislator, a Govenor? What? Why is her opinion even mentioned? I would bet she could not even explain what a tort is, much less explain needed reformation.

    November 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. dieter

    Why is it that the Republicans only seem to care about us citizens when we are "in utero" or have large check writing wallets? Once a new citizen is out of the Repub. protected womb, they are on their own. Hopefully, Dad and Mum( and there had BETTER be both, hopefully Christian!) have wealth and great health coverage. Is it that the Reps. hate the rest of us, or do they not understand that having a healthy population benefits ALL of us? Nixon opened the doors to the "for profit" health system that has seemed to replace the exam table with a barrel to be bent over. If anyone believes we have the best in the world health care, you have never been out of the country.

    November 21, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Joann

    Sarah Palin doesn't know anything about health care and insurance industry. She's a whiney, spoiled brat as far as I am concerned. Sick of hearing about her and her dumb act.

    November 21, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. mms55

    no one care's what this quiter thjink's. i agree they should let people know exactly how she treated her fan's.but you know what that's what they get for listening to this loser.

    November 21, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Mike in Texas

    Arm chair politics as usual. The Senate should vote for a debate. That what Democracy is. People aren't going to agree on everything, that is fact. Debate it, put it out in the open. But for people like Palin, Romney, Pawlenty, etc. You don't have any experience in this so please keep your 2 bit comments to yourself. I doubt any of them have any great insight that makes their OPINION more valid than anyone else.

    November 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. Mauiharper

    Sarah Palin is a sore loser who will sell anybody out (including all under and uninsured Americans) to sell more books. You know she has got to be a pathetic liar when the GOP call her out on the "fabrications" in her book. Shut up and go home Sarah. You are the worst thing that could happen to America (next to another Bush or Cheney in National office.)

    November 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. Carla

    I know of a person who died because there insurance company that they paid high premiums for did not pay for the care they needed. I know of a few people that work and can't get insurance because it is not offered to them through employment and they can't buy a private policy because they were born with a disability. How can we have this happening in our country? And the nerve of our Senators, that have great health insurance that has been paid for by my deceased friend and my uninsured friend along with many others like them. Our senators and representatives should not have their health insurance until they provide reform that gives people the ability to buy affordable insurance that covers the same care they receive as our representatives.

    November 21, 2009 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Big Daddy

    So Ms.Palin,What would you do for health care ? Please tell us !
    All you have are talking points.You haven't a clue what is in the health care bill.To even think that there are 23 % of the people that listen to anything that you have to say is beyond me.We live in a sad nation if you have a say in anything our government does.

    November 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Tristan

    The funny thing is, she actually seems to believe that the majority of Americans see the world as she does.

    November 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Tired of Miss Winky

    I keep wondering why Governor Winky stories keep showing up under "Politics" versus "Entertainment". Regardless of her maddening arrogance, I gotta hand it to her for her acting skills. It's almost as if she believes her own lies.

    November 21, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. joe

    what else do you expect from a intellectual lightweight! the lady is a blowhard. anybody who really loves their country should not vote for that lady.

    November 21, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  19. Chris75

    All the blame need to go on John McCain for bringing this lady into the light she was better off being unknown to the people.. Now that she have this book out people are going to go and get it thank god that someone else did the writing for it and all she had to do was say what she wanted in it.

    November 21, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  20. SkiDoc

    Sarah Palin is simply stating what is in the minds of most Americans – we don't need a bill that will massively impact our children and grandchildren by pushing us into catastrophic debt (and you can't blame this on George Bush). Sorry, wimmins libbers, but this woman has more credibility than our current president who hasn't had the experience of running a dairy queen – let alone a multi-trillion dollar "community agency." Go Sarah – you betcha!

    November 21, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. WrongKindofChange

    So much for transparency and change the democrats promised. I mean when they have to buy votes (adding 100 million for the state of Louisiana to the health care bill) you know that the people are no longer be represented. Where's the change? Oh wait it's there, it's just the wrong kind of change we wanted.

    Looks like Obama's corrupt Chicago politics has spread like wildfire through the democrats.

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

    Sarah Palin has to be the reincarnation of a talking parrot. Just listen to her, no original thoughts, just repeating what other idiots say.
    She has the IQ of a house fly!!!!!! Stop printing everything this air head has to say and perhaps she'll disappear back into the Alaskan wilderness.

    November 21, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Dan, TX

    As an Obama supporter, I will be voting for Sarah in the Republican Primary and I hope all democrats switch over to get the most repulsive Republican possible nominated.

    All Democrats should be eager to register as republicans to vote for Sarah.

    November 21, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  24. TheyRallPoliticians

    Every one of these comments is pathetic beyond belief (and you guys seriously need to learn to spell). I don't like nor do I defend Sarah Palin either, but I'm trying to find the "hateful, name-calling rhetoric" that Patsy, Texas refers to. And ummmm.....AJ...."fine people for not buying health coverage". Ummmmm....that's actually IN THE HEALTH CARE BILL as proposed by your darling Democrats. You attribute that to Palin? This is the problem with politics. The never-ending hypocrisy...I feel sorry for all of you who blindly accept your party's policies. BOTH Republicans AND Democrats. Like I said....pathetic...

    November 21, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  25. Felonious Monk

    Palin believes that denying American citizens their rights is acceptable in the name of defending America. Either America stands for rights and freedoms, or we do not. Which is it?

    Do you conservatives really believe that giving up our rights is a good thing? Fools!

    Did you know that in 2007 the Dept of Defense computer network was hacked into and terabytes of national security data was downloaded (stolen). This was under a conservatives (Bush) watch. While they wer torturing little peons, national security data was being stolen by the truckload. How is that protecting America?
    Do you conservatives really believe that torturing peons and allowing national security data to be stolen is protecting America? Fools!

    November 21, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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