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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  1. dina osullivan

    Why does the media continue to help Palin run for the presidency? She is uneducated but no fool.She knows ow to call attention to herself. God help us if the people of America elect this woman as president.We are doomed.

    November 21, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. 1GregM

    I'd like to know where the religious fervor people are that coronated this incompetant disaster. There's not many of them saying anything to defend the mind-numbing stupidity of their vote. Even Air America shoots at the pres.

    Are they the mindset that government is the do, be and give-all entity in their lives, caring for them from cradle to grave at someone else's expense because they are 'entitled'. They must be, because they are not to be found defending their incredibly stupid decision to install 'Disaster Incorporated' and his team of nitwits into the white house.
    So how's that 'Hope and Change' working out for all you morons who couldn't see past your outstretched hand for the freebies.

    Do libs ever actually come out and defend what they believe in or just stick to character assault and name calling for those that don’t agree with them?

    But then, I ask a rhetorical question....

    November 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  3. Rob

    Stop lying Sarah!

    November 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |

    Since when does a "person" (who was a Mayor of a small town in the less populated state in the Union and a "quitter" after 1 1/2 years in off ice as Governor of her State) have the ordacity to critize the leaders of this country. She really doesn't know what the heck she is tatking about, and yes, why is CNN giving her the opportunity to express these idiotic views? Is it to help her with the sale of her (ghost written) book?

    November 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Debbie

    For all of you above that commented against Palin, you need to think twice. I would never vote for her in anything but you need to listen to her. She is absolutely right, The Democrats, Obama, Reid, Pelosi all want this thing passed as it is but it will only hurt every person in the US. You will be forced to pay for insurance or pay a fine and the insurance you get will be so crappy that you will die before you get good health care. It is true, every one needs health care. It costs too much to go to the doctor, be in a hospital or pay for medicne. The idiots running the government should have left everyone alone and came up with a plan to help only those that don't have insurance. Instead they have to screw up everyone. If you think they care about you, think again. All those folks in Washington have the best coverage you could imagine. You will NOT get this coverage. If you don't have a job, your chances will get slimmer for finding one and those that have one had better watch out. If I owned my own business I would probably have to close the doors because of this. So many of you are blind to the Democrats. If this thing passes, we will see a bigger mess than a Depression and I'll guarantee we will have all new faces in Washington by 2012. Go ahead and bend over because you are getting ready to be screwed.

    November 21, 2009 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. Les

    Sarah needs to become more transparent and disappear.

    November 21, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  7. Greg in Atlanta

    One more thing: as far as torte reform goes, the Bush Administration did a study last year that revealed that lawsuits constitute 1% of the total healthcare bill. 1%!!! I know that we need to address this issue, but at this point, torte reform is closer to "red herring" than "major issue".

    Can we please start making sense instead of grandstanding? I want real leadership, not people telling me that duct tape and plastic sheeting will save me from the terrorists.

    November 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. Michelle from Iowa

    Sarah Palin is a nobody, a quitter. She didn't even finish her governor term. Governing Alaska with it's oil revenue to supplement the budget is hardly a challenge. And writing a memoir when she hasn't even done anything to speak of? Why continue reporting on her? Go crawl back in your igloo, Sarah and don't come out until you can speak intelligently about issues. If this is all the GOP has to offer in the next round of elections, I will welcome our current President back with open arms!

    November 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  9. Republican in Distress

    Republicans, please tell me that we can do better than this. I will not vote for a ticket that has her on it, she is not intelligent and does not have any experience on the national level and NO Alaska is not considered as political experience. She is a joke.

    November 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  10. francis Opara

    Much as I admire and support Mrs S. palin, I wish to call her to order and urge her to relax her stand on national issues. She is becoming too arrogant and self opinionated which unfortunately is going to play negatively on her political future. The GOP is using her to do their dirty talks and to wage their ideological wars.

    If she can slow down a bit and listen to the voice of reason, probably she will establishe her self. At the end of the day she should remember that it not only the GOP that will support her ambition. They will use her as an image maker, but for the bigger picture, Americans are not yet ready for a person with an unguarded tongue, and one sided political views.

    N/B. I am non partisan

    November 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. Soporifix

    One of these days she'll crawl off and dissolve back into the slime she came from, and leave "actual" politicians to try and "actually" govern without the likes of her spewing from the sidelines.

    November 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Dan in Capitola

    Keep those GOP 'talking points' coming, Gov Bailin', and hope to God no one asks you to explain any of them in depth.

    November 21, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  13. NVa Native

    Please let this woman fade into the background. Stop covering all her silly remarks. She is not quailified in anything except getting the tea-baggers all excitted in every way.
    Hey Dems – stop dithering with the party of failure and pass the health care reform with the public option now! Or you will end up with their crown of hypocrisy and incompetence.

    November 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  14. KathyC in MInnesota

    Nothing like Sarah Palin repeating the Lipton Flow-through Tea Bag Party Talking Points.

    November 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  15. Jason

    Mickey (all other Palin haters)

    Your comment that "Nobody cares what she thinks" is so false and in fact the opposite....Everyone cares what she thinks, especially the dems.

    Why else would you be taking the time to read this article? Why would she be all over the news? Why would her book already be a bestseller before its release?

    The truth: She scares the dems because she undermines all liberal ideology....She's pro-life, pro-gun, and pro-God, and that scares you guys. You guys know your anointed one Obama is failing miserably and healthcare is his only hope of actually accomplishing a feat in office. Even though this bill is the biggest piece of garbage, if the dems had a brain they would amend the private insurers and eliminate this public option.

    Obama has a blue print for fixing an economy and he's doing the opposite, I guess tax cuts and spending cuts aren't in his vocabulary. He is Jimmy Carter 2.0.

    November 21, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  16. Brian

    Why doesn't CNN report on who's paying her to talk about health care?

    November 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. Tammy

    How do we get her to stop? How do we get the sensible normal media to either ignore her, or refute every single one of her supposed points - although that would take forever.

    Where are the experts on this? Or will she implode/explode? Ah, wishful thinking.

    November 21, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  18. Mike Austin

    BTW, don't you realize the republicans are a minority, so are democrats. The majority are independents and conservatives. You can vent but do you really think NOT reading/understanding a bill that will cost over a TRILLION dollars is a probelm? Do you spend money and balance your personal finances that way? Are you reality challenged?

    November 21, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  19. bob

    You want transparency, shine a light in Palin's left ear and watch it come out the right.

    November 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Tammy

    or maybe she is such entertainment value that we can't help ourselves watching this catastrophe?

    November 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Charles

    Folks, Sarah was right (sort of) – there have been Death Panels controlling the end of life part of health care for many years.

    The insurance companies' panels that permit or NOT live saving procedures for their clients.

    Republican legislators who have blocked for many years any access to medical insurance for 30,000,000 Americans

    I agree with her – we must VOTE NOW to eliminate both of these Death Panels!

    November 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  22. David Chacon from Alaska

    One conservative proposal for controlling the cost of health care is tort reform. It limits the amount of compensation that a damaged party can recover. Palin fully supports tort reform. Yet, she believes the $500 million ExxonMobil payment to Alaska fishermen for PUNATIVE damages (as opposed to compensatory) was OK (in fact she thought it was too small) – or at least she did before she became VP nominee.

    November 21, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. usualone

    Still amazing that people like this woman. It speaks to their character rather than her own character. Of course, CNN likes to publish about her as folk like me continue to respond and of course those who love her really like to open their mouths with insults about those who oppose her. When are they going to realize she is doing it all for the money. She will bail out on them in a minute, you betcha.

    November 21, 2009 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  24. Catherine

    “Revisiting some of her campaign trail talking points, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin weighed in on the Senate health care vote…”

    So Palin’s learning not to comment on the issues without a cheat sheet. The other night Sean Hannity’s asked her about Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions and the poor woman made an utter fool of herself when she kept referring to Iran as Iraq.

    November 21, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Mona

    Tsk, tsk, tsk...Palin, you're a risk! For once the Democrats led by
    President Obama have come up with a plan to help millions of
    uninsured American's...true, there is more to work out, but you
    just can't stand the fact that you "do nothing" Republican's didn't
    come up with it first! If you would get your heads out of the
    clouds perhaps you could contribute? Nah, you're too busy
    trying to take down President Obama to do anything. Shame,
    shame on you!

    November 21, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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