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. Diane

    Umm, sorry Sarah, but your party ignored this issue for the past eight years while the problem got worse. If you and your party were too cowardly to tackle a difficult problem, you should keep your too-little-too-late two cents out of it.

    November 21, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Aaron, Maryland

    For Gods sake stop paying her any mind!

    November 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Ladont

    If you are going to continue to cover this woman, could you at least use the picture from Runner's World?

    November 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    These comments prove once again all she cares about is extreme right-

    November 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. John

    Sarah who? Talking points.....honesty? Christian? please!!!!, everyone deserves health care....whatsoever you do to the do unto me..........

    November 21, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Susan

    Lack of Transparency? The entire bill (which, when font adjusted, is about the same length as the Palin book) is available for all to read. Maybe she's just to busy on her over-inflated ego trip (or book signing) to read the documentation.

    November 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  7. TheyRallPoliticians

    I see nothing BUT name-calling, right here on this blog, Patsy, Texas and it isn't comin' from Mrs. Palin. Oy, the hypocrisy...

    November 21, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. Simon

    CNN, PLEASE, PLEASE stop featuring this unlettered and uneducated woman. She is no longer a politician – she's a private citizen and, as such, deserves NO media reporting whatsoever – particularly when she starts off on some inarticulate rant about an issue which is political. Apart from anything else, it's obvious from what she does say that she hasn't understood the first thing about it to begin with.

    November 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. NYCuban

    If a simple High School diploma where a prerequisite for voting rights, Sarah Palin would be nothing more than a comedians fodder.

    November 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  10. JulieBGoode

    Palin speaks out against health care? Who cares what it thinks??!

    November 21, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. TT

    You go Sarah, tell it like it is. The Libs don't want to hear it but you're the one who is making sense trying to enlighten them on the dangers of the bill. Ever since the dembos took over, this country has gone to hell in a handbasket. I can't wait until America has a chance to vote all of the dumbocrats out of office. I hope they enjoyed they're short little stints in control of every aspect of government, cause they blew it! As they always do!

    November 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. AJ

    actually a large majority support the reforms being proposed so please do not speak for me Mrs. Palin

    November 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. gus

    shut this woman up already. her lies and moronic comments are poison to all americans.

    November 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  14. Greg in Atlanta

    The point that bothers me the most is that people like Palin, Beck, and Limbaugh remind me of those kids in elementary school who shout "FIGHT! FIGHT!" but who no skin in the game other than liking to watch OTHER people fight.

    We have become such sheep here in America. Wrap that old "Less Taxes" mantra in that shiny "More Freedom" clothes, and people fall right in line. Has anyone stopped to think that the reason that our country is so broke is that we haven't paid enough dues lately to support this, the greatest country club in the world? Wars are expensive, education is expensive, infrastructure is expensive, and all we've done in the last 30-40 years is give the richest a greater percentive of tax breaks so they will stimulate the economy.

    Well, there are only so many rich people, and unless they are going to go to every store in the US spending money like Santa Claus, then the wealth in the US needs to be better distributed.

    Put it another way, what happens when blood is unevenly distributed in the human body? Heart attack, fainting, aneurysm, etc. Wake up America! It ain't just H1N1 that's making you sick. It's mendacity.

    November 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  15. Janice-Ohio

    I find it interesting that she doesn't think anyone should have an abortion, yet she wants to increase government spending on special needs children. So...we shouldn't spend money on a one-time abortion, but we should pay for special needs for 30+ years???

    November 21, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  16. winnifred Simpson

    How come no mention of S/Palin walking out on her book signings. Not a word on any of the news channels so far today. Maybe Jack will have something to say Monday.

    November 21, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  17. Lori, Houston Texas

    Now that Sarah is no longer Gov and Todd quit his North Slope job, does that mean they have to buy their own health insurance? I wonder how much it will cost them? Will they be declined if the insurance co considers Trig's Downs as a pre-existing condition? Will they get VIP coverage because she is a popular Repub? Or will she end up like the rest of us who pay for coverage that isn't there when we need it? We can only hope she experiences what the rest of us have had to live with now that taxpayers aren't funding her family's coverage.

    November 21, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  18. ib

    When the demo's ram this thing down our throats and the so called gov. guidelines become law after be adding later people will wonder why they didn't listen to her. Oh I forgot this thing doesn't take affect until after Obama leaves office in 2012. Then they can still say it's Bush's fault.

    November 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  19. Dan in FL

    Surely there are more relevant people to quote on various sides of the health care debate. Why does CNN keep giving Sarah Palin a national platform? She has become the ultimate celebrity in that she does nothing other than promote herself by leveraging the fears and ignorance of others.

    November 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  20. josephine

    If you asked her face to face for an explanation on what she had written about this health care reform, I'd betcha she wouldn't be able to do it. Someone else is doing the entries for her in her name. She is a moron, a coward and a low life. Nuff said.....

    November 21, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  21. Mark

    I would hope any American would ask how we are going to pay for it when our debt is already insane!

    November 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  22. Just Me

    Welcome to the PALIN TICKER which CNN uses to draw users to it's site, and stations, and then turn around and sell the numbers to advertisers. What they don't tell their advertisers is that a large part of those numbers is driven by negative Palin responses which CNN could less about.

    November 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Gosh CNN!! Even more than what Sarah " I Quit " Palin thinks...why don't you run a story about what Charles Manson thinks?

    November 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Fan

    Sarah Palin is a GOP superstar but a disgrace to America. Go away and take care of your family.

    November 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Ghost of Ithaca

    Sarah !!!!! please just go away...write a second book on politics and government that tells the facts and not lies; but, most of all, you will never be president of the United States...........sorry! tell you that.....and I see the candle flame at the end of the tunnel, it 's going out......just like your political career.

    November 21, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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