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. Barry Eisenman

    Has Ms Palin personally read the bill? I can't imagine she's had time to read 2,000 pages let alone the National Enquirer while promoting her book.

    November 21, 2009 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  2. Wisconsin Voter

    It's amazing that Palin thinks she knows so much about the world of politics, but did not know her daughter was sexually active. Maybe she should spend more time at home being a mother.

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

    Who gives a crap what Quitter Palin thinks!!!!!!

    November 21, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. Backstage Bob

    This woman scares me...and I live in Canada. Why does anyone care about what a quitter and a opportunist like her thinks?

    November 21, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Sarah's Failin'.........and delusional......

    No it isn't 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 or go bankrupt without insurance. But you wouldn't know're on the Oil Industries payroll.

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

    Stick to your bus tour selling your books full of deceptions and continue to make your millions on people that do not understand how potentially dangerous you are. You are not in the Senate; you tried to scare people with your death panels. We do have those they are called Living Wills. To constantly open your mouth to me is inappropriate. You never cared about the Americans and their finances, you quit on a state with a false pretense. Why don't you go back to get a lot of education on foreign policy and many other subjects needed to sound intelligent.

    November 21, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  7. steve hunter

    Opinions are like rear-ends. Everyone has one. I just wish I didn't have to hear Palin's every 30 minutes. Doesn't CNN have better things to report on?

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

    Taxes will go up, small businesses will close, socialism is a few steps away. If health care passes, every single American will pay more for health care in the form of taxes.

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

    Keep talking Sarah . Everytime you open your mouth you lie . I'm almost embarrassed for her. Her book has lie after lie in it. She's delusional and wouldn't know the truth if it bit her in the a__! She didnt even know her own daughter was having sex ! Good God snap out of it and get a brain .Better yet , just stay supid

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

    Sarah is a lunatic, with a radical, hateful, Glenn Beck supporting following. Do not be suckered by her or 40 obstructionists who have offer nothing! The GOP Senators are continuing the Bush/Cheney legacy of failure. Haven't we all had enough?

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

    I want this bill to pass, let us not forget what it is really about HUMAN BEINGS! It won"' be perfect but will be a start. I will gladly pay into a public option, but will not tolerate being forced to pay the profits of the insuace industry. The wicked witch from wasilla, just keep on talking out the side of your mouth, even your fanatic followers will come to their senses before long.

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

    Why is she still talking. no one care.

    November 21, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  13. heartlight3

    Don't these people understand that when they say such stupid, off the wall things as "death panels" and "takeover of 1/6th of the economy" it undermines their credibility on everything? When I hear stuff that is so obviously made-up fearmongering lies, I will ignore anything they say about anything in the future.

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

    For someone who hates the media, she is always trying to be in the spotlight.

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

    Did you notice that Sarah did not "say" anything about health care- she "wrote" it. We all know that Sarah Palin is not capable of understanding complex issues nor is she capable of speaking on any matter with any degree of coherency. Sarah has someone hiding on her bus who writes this stuff for her.....that is so obvious it's almost, well, almost transparent!

    November 21, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  16. A. Smith, Oregon

    Of course Sarah Palin as the recognized Republican Party spokesperson, The Party of No has to try and obstruct any and all National Health Care plan.

    Sarah Palin is a great spokesperson for the Republican Party of NO. No ideas, no solutions, no help and nothing but corrupt.

    Go Sarah!, you are so much more colorful than Ole Morman Mitt.

    November 21, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. sam

    Go away Sarah....and, please take Dick Cheny with you. Why does anybody bother to give these two moron's any coverage at all? We've heard more out of Dickey since he's been out of office than we ever heard while he was in office. Anybody know what he did while he was VP. I mean besides being the puppet master, pulling Bush's strings?

    November 21, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. fred

    blah, blah, blah...the majority of Americans want this bill passed already,..get on with it! Sarah is yesterday's news...

    November 21, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Ray

    Her comments might have some possible relevancy if she had actually read the bill but since it is extremely unlikely that she will ever do that her interpretation is meaningless.

    November 21, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  20. Royster

    And we care what Palin thinks WHY????

    What does Oprah think, what does Brad Pitt think, what does Derek Jeter think about the health care vote? THESE people are equal to Palin, non-political office holders who have had books ghost-written.

    Obviously we ALL click on the Palin stories, you either blindly follow her every word without thought (as most of her words are anyway)....or you find the woman incredibly ANNOYING for getting soooo much press time out of sooooo little intelligence.

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

    Yes we need input from a person with a educational back ground in sports journalism. Why are we getting Palin shoved down our throat by CNN. Please get this attention grabbing idiot out of the news. She has taken down the republican party, with Rush, Colter, Hannity, and the new Antichrist Glenn Beck has her cheerleaders. These people sold their souls, preaching hatred to the ten percent of America that Palin calls, "real Americans". These real Americans are buying up all of the ammo because they think Obama is taking away their guns. They think the world is going to end on 2012. They think we didn't land on the moon. They think Oswalt was a patsy. They home school their kids to hate the government. They are racist. They wanted the auto industry to fail. They think the 700 trillion dollar bank buyout was Obama's, but it was George Bush's'. They want to fight everyone in the middle east. They hate Muslims, even though only a fragment of them are radical. They want Obama to fail, at everything, even though failing would be Americas last chance. Now they are forming militant groups of their own. Soon we will have the "real Americans" against the normal Americans. Sounds like the middle east to me!

    November 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. D Reilly

    Boy Sarah Palin is sure a puppet for the right. I saw her on Fox news and boy was she"prepared" for her interview. Someone should give Bill O'Reilly an Oscar.... No spin my $$$.

    November 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  23. marlene

    CNN and the rest of the media is directly responsible for helping Mrs. Palin keep her opinions in the news. This false story is worse than the "balloon boy" story. The air is long gone from Mrs. Palin's balloon – she lost! We shouldn't be forced to hear about her "facebook" musings. She won't address the mainstream media directly, stops them from covering her events, yet they pay more lip sevice to her than to the terrible stories of what happens to sick people without health insurance. Shame on CNN and the rest of the media who cover her facebook posts.

    November 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  24. Ed Linn

    If Palin is against it , then you know you should be for it.

    November 21, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Casual Observer

    For goodness sake people – it is just a vote so that this thing can be debated! If America is such an awesome democracy – isn't debate, discussion and THEN a decision part of the process?

    You guys need to get a life and look at the big picture, not your idealogical narrow minded views – from BOTH sides!

    November 21, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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