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. jeff

    Who cares what she has to say? She is not a member of any public office. Stop reporting on her!

    November 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |

    Failin Palin stiffed a large crowd of sheep in Indiana, leaving without signing their books. CNN is asleep at the wheel.

    November 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  3. Senior Lilarose in Oregon

    Nothing would delight me more than if someone (not me, of course) threw a banana creme pie in this poor-excuse-for-a-woman's face!

    Ala Mode as in Anita Bryant!

    Please, please, please!

    November 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  4. Peter Horan

    What I want to know is this: WHY are CNN and other respectable (i.e. not Fox "News") organizations spending any time telling us what Sarah Palin thinks. She is a person with no political authority, minimal intellectual ability, and is really of no consequence or importance in America anymore. Please stop covering what this loon "thinks" or more accurately, what her team has told her to say in her hilarious attempt to become President in 2012. Thanks

    November 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. normajean

    What right does "Johnny Come Lately" Sarah Palin have in mouthing off about the health care plan when she has already proven she knows so little about what is going on in this country? She ran away from the hard work of being govenor of Alaska, takes open pride in a book she didn't even write, spreads lies that just scare people and I'm sure has a very complete health plan of her own. Unfortunetly there seem to be people who buy what she's trying to sell,no matter what it is. Just because she's good looking and has a" gift of gab" does not make her credible.
    . Wake up people. Any movie star could do the same .

    November 21, 2009 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Zero credibility and she never shuts her mouth....

    Why does CNN report every time she opens her stupid mouth?

    The woman is a pinhead....

    November 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. Shadowself

    While Palin points to some things that could be debated further (maybe changed, maybe not), the point she and most people forget is one point of which I had to remind a politician a short while ago. The U.S. government is absolutely *not* going to get this 100% right the first time.

    The politician said to me, "Let's get health care reform through right this time."

    I had to tell him he and everyone else had to work out a bill that fixed a LOT of things, didn't really break anything that wasn't broken and move forward. THEN be willing to fix things in subsequent bills that need further fixing.

    If people and politicians argue and debate and stall until they think they have it "right" or "perfect" it will never get done.

    No matter what your political persuasion, you must agree we need health care reform. The current system is badly broken. People in need are literally dying when they don't have to because of the current system. People in need are sick more than they should be because of the current system. It needs to be fixed now.

    Shoot for the 80% solution NOW. Then fix the rest in the coming iterations. Don't be afraid to do what you can NOW. And don't be afraid to keep fixing it incrementally in years to come.

    November 21, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. ShiWms Phx AZ

    I seen a news report about Sarah Palin at one of her book signing events. She looked overwhelmed and anxious.

    Hey Sarah, this is just the beginning. Can't wait to see what you look like at the end of your money hungry tour.

    My might make alot of money, but you will lose more...oh never mind you don't have any morals or values.

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

    Why doesn't this woman just go away?
    She is devoid of ideas, lacks integrity, and is making millions off those Right Wingnuts who follow her.
    She has turned the Repugnant Party into a media circus of stupidity.

    GO BYE BYE!!!

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

    Please CNN organise an interview live with Palin let her explain to the mass how Obamacare affects the American people.Please CNN also ensure that she come with her script to avoid her from any mistakes.

    Tina Fey needs some updates anywhere.

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

    Sarah Palin could use a Good Dose of Salts as she is full!

    November 21, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    Funny how the left fringe hates the truth that Palin speaks. The hyprocracy and lunacy are evident all over this blog from the left. Liberalism must be some kind of mental retardation. No one willingly supports anything that is detrimental to them. Guess that's why the left needs the government to take care of them as they can't take care of themselves.

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

    The Republicant party hasn't been the "party of Lincoln" for a long time now. More aptly, it's the "party of Nixon."

    November 21, 2009 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Maureen

    Did you forget to mention her death panel lies ????
    Slam this Sarah –

    November 21, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. umax

    please go away. you don't have any better Ideas.

    November 21, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. John in Tampa

    I cannot approve of the extremes of either Communism or Capitalism, and history has shown that something in between works better than either raw extreme. There is no question in my mind that any country able to afford better should not let people die in the streets be it from hunger or cold or lack of basic affordable healthcare. People can do that to themselves, that is their right; but a society should not easily let people die when they still want to live. What else have we got, after all?
    So any improvement in healthcare is a good one, and do not kid yourself that insuring the un-insured will not cost more money. But what else are we to be, as a people?

    November 21, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  17. Nurse Pam

    Why does anyone care what this idiot thinks? She doesn't deserve to have a platform to spout all her lies and hatred. It makes me sick to see her getting rich selling books. She's not educated enough to be President of the Wasilla PTA.

    November 21, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Emms

    I simple,CNN just organise an interview with Sarah palin to explain infront of the mass how Obamacare affects the American people.

    Tina fey may need some updates anywhere.

    November 21, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. Hate to love her

    The media seems unable to grasp the public fascination with Sarah Palin.

    However they are determined to cover her until they figure it out.

    November 21, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  20. henriettap

    Sarah could not stick to her job as governor now she is giving advice and warnings to the democrats.She is a mouse trying to play up to the rats that only no one word and that is NO.They think they are playing it safe but they are only showing how cowardly they are.She should keep quite.

    November 21, 2009 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  21. Marge

    CNN, why are you so fixated on updating Palin reports every day? She's a blogger and a Twitterer, for heaven's sake. You may as well give us Paris Hilton updates. She's much more fun.

    There are actually more important thinkers out there. Tell us their thoughts for a change.

    November 21, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  22. Socrates

    Simple math, Sarah. 60 votes–no filibuster. You lose.

    November 21, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. cathyinAZ

    Over 55% support Health Care Reform so as usual she does not know what she is talking about. All this vote does is bring a debate to the floor. Why does the GOP not want the debate?
    We need health care reform NOT the continued "lets just line the pockets of the Insurance Companies" – anyone who has insurance knows that you don't choose your own doctor and the insurance company decides what they will pay for and what they won't.
    Debate the bill on the floor!

    November 21, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  24. George in AZ.

    For the life of me, I cannot understand CNN. For all of their "polls", how can they justify so much time and effort to a person who has a 29% favorability rating for being President? I understand that ratings are their report card, but give the same time and effort to someone in the GOP party that packs the gear to become relevant.

    November 21, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Sarah's Failin'.........and delusional......

    No Sarah Failin'.... The bill is not a takeover of 1/6 of our economy. It's an immediate solution to Health Insurance Industries unethical takeover of 1/6 of our National economy.....while the uninsured die each day without insurance.

    November 21, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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