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. Argh!!!

    Why is she still speaking? She holds no relevance whatsoever. This lady needs to get back to her kitchen and care for her children rather than spouting off about things she has little understanding.

    November 21, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. wsi

    Most of the previous comments on this topic are not based on any facts whatsoever– merely on emotional rhetoric for those who are against Palin!

    The truth is that the Obama administration is wanting the government to be in control of our health care plans which means: 111 MORE bureaucracies, rationing, higher taxes, Medicare cuts, added national debt, and further slow down of our economy due to further financial burdens on businesses who will then be less likely to hire more employees!

    Health Care definitely needs reform, but this plan is not focusing on just those who are needing insurance. It is a dramatic take over of the best health care service in world!

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

    2 words: Who cares?

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

    Psssst, GOP – YOU LOST. Stop throwing tantrums like a bunch of two year olds denied a cookie.

    As for Palin? The woman has not CLUE ONE how to change anything or make anything better. She is nothing but an empty headed doll that regurgitates right wing talking points.

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

    Does she ever say anything positive? Better yet, does she EVER stop whining? For a person who hates how she is "treated" by the media, she sure likes to continue to make comments to them and stay in the news? Just proves how flaky she is.

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

    It's too bad that here in 2009 in our country, we are not allowed to have an open and honest debate about health care insurance costs. We hear that tort reform will drastically lower costs: but no one will clearly state how much money from our premiums is spent on lawsuits. Or that better and universal record-keeping will be the magic bullet: but no one will state what percentage of our premiums are lost on inefficiencies of our current methods.

    We hear that the government will ration our access to health care, but about a third of the country refuses to acknowledge that the managers at our for-profit health insurance companies do just that now anyway. When they do , they get a bonus because they are keeping costs down. Lost is the fact that grandma didn't get that pacemaker.

    We hear that we need to cut costs, and take responsibility for our health care decisions into our own hands. One would assume that means we need to self-ration our own access to health care: maybe I don' t really need that office visit for a cold, maybe I can forgo a checkup this year. But when we hear a statement along those lines about mamograms (or could be psa tests), and politicians twist it into a death panel, rather than having a discussion about cost versus benefit.

    Our current health insurance system is for the most part a for-profit industry. For-profit companies have but one purpose: to make a profit. It doesn't matter what they sell, cars, pumpkins or insurance. Their job is to maximize profit, nothing else. If they aren't doing that , they should not be in business. If a for-profit health insurance company is not trying to maximize profits for their shareholders by denying care and raising prices, then they should not be in business or they should turn into a non-profit organization.

    Until about one third of our population allows that thought into their heads, nothing will change with health care insurance in this country. The issue, and we, are captives of politicians and talking heads who use fear to stay in office, or to sell advertising minutes.

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

    And how are you going to feel if she's right? How do you feel about the dems bribing Senators with our tax dollars (stimulus money) to vote for something that is not good for the entire country, not just one side. h.m.m.? How do you feel about that?

    November 21, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Jon

    Someone should ask Sarah Palin if she's read the whole bill. Or if she even plans to try.

    November 21, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  9. justateacher

    WHY oh why CNN? Why do you continue to devote space and energy covering this woman? Her scewed-up political blathering and uneducated pontificating merely support the perfect example of a "Quitter". Bailing out on her elected position was both self-serving and antithetical. This woman doesn't deserve news coverage. PLease STOP!

    November 21, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  10. Denna

    Well good for her. After all, SHE and Todd have insurance, so they can take care of their Downs Syndrome son. What about the rest of America and their sick children. Is this woman crazy or just conservative? Oh, wait. It's the same thing isn't it?

    November 21, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  11. Zelda

    Who cares what Sarah Palin thinks, anyway? She's the most poorly informed public person and she thinks she should weigh in on everything. Why the rest of us have to hear about it beats me. I don't understand why anyone would take her seriously.

    November 21, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  12. sharon

    Public policy by Twitter? She lost her credibility when she quit. Enough of her.

    November 21, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  13. Steve Gaudet

    Somebody's gotta be feeding her the answers when she comments about something...remember her vp interviews on abc and cbs?? She has no knowledge of the complexity of the issues, be it in healthcare, the war, the financial crisis, etc. There's a difference between being spoon fed information and opinions about issues by advisors and really having a mastery of the issues, which she does not have. Through all these months hearing her talk, I have never heard her utter DETAILS about different issues, like statistics and numbers. Not just generalities but facts that show she really masters stuff and is able to talk about an issue's weak points and strong points, is able to really take it apart, analyse it and put it back together and tell us which parts fit and which shouldn't be there. Clinton could do it. Heck, even ole G. Bush could sometimes give us the impression that he did his homework on some stuff. Sorry, but if all Palin has to offer is a demonstration of how bad the other guy's ideas are without IN DEPTH justification, it just doesn't float.

    November 21, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Tom

    I can think of one thing she would be good for.

    November 21, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  15. Randy

    Why do poeople pay to see her or pay her to write a book nobody gives a rats butt on what shes got to say, Hey CNN I use to like to watch the news in the morning with Robin and company but I do think I might be changing the channel.

    November 21, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. CNN afraid of a liberal post

    Why doesn't CNN change the name of their news service "Palin Reporting". For the last month it has been Palin Palin no matter what is happening in this country the reporters at CNN and the other stations are running around trying to see who can post the most crap about her. they were they same way with run a way bride, balloon boy, Anna Nicole. and all the rest. They accuse Fox of not being a news station, which they are not, but darn they are almost as bad. It's Palin all the time. Who in the hades wants to keep hearing about her. Give us news.

    November 21, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Barbara Holmes

    Judging,from everybody's comments,they must be going to benefit from the Government TAKE OVER,and not the people who are going to suffer from this. I hope I live to see the bottom line of thisPLOY, to make the United States Of America, a THIRD world country.You talk about ignorance,they are making Sahara Palin look ignorant, to do it.SHOOT her down and all the little liberal leachs will fall in. Ignorance is Bliss! Only the logical people who, realize the real truth, KNOW what the REALLY ignorant people, DON'T. GoodLUCK to all, your going to need it!

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

    Has Sarah Palin read the Senate Bill ?
    She says she knows what is in it.
    Read it for yourself:

    Using the PDF Search for this Bill, the word abortion does not appear.
    Wonder just what she is talking about ? Or is this more crap that she makes up ? What a gal !

    November 21, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. Sally, West Bloomfield, Michigan

    Its still going to pass.

    November 21, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Alora

    Wow isnt this Womans 15 min of shame er fame up yet?

    November 21, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Careful what you ask for

    It's amazing to me to hear from the liberals, or the party of NIMBY, as they're otherwise known as. These nut jobs want to live in fantasyland, where nobody works for anything and yet have everything. But, of course, they don't want to have to give up any of their money - they want the rest of us taxed into oblivion. The only way I can imagine anyone with any amount of assets would want to be a liberal is if they didn't work for those assets. Any of us who've worked our rear-ends off to get where we are today are conservatives. I'm not sure that Palin is the answer, but at least she has the guts to stand up to the liberal losers and tell them how it is. So, liberal losers out there, if you want universal healthcare, move to Europe. And to the Savvy Oldtimer comment, get ready to have your healthcare rationed, and be very careful what you ask for.

    November 21, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. Virginia

    I doubt if Palin has ANY IDEA what is actually in the Health Care Reform Bill. She would not exert the effort it would take to actually READ THE BILL and inform herself. She just knows she is AGAINST it and she has come up with some catch SLANG term to throw around– "Obamacare." This bill was crafted by a number of people who have actually given the issues research, thought, time and energy– something Palin doesn't seem to put into anything. What she seems to be good at is speaking her mind "off the cuff," with no real informedness, research, thought or awareness fueling her opinions.

    November 21, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. Harvey Friend

    Everything passes...Sarah will too...constant exposure to the public will be her it stands today..over sixty percent of Americans will never vote for her...nothing but a lot of smoke and mirrors..

    November 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  24. scott

    At what point will we stop giving Sarah Palin and her antics creedence? She is a mud-slinger, a name caller and a perpetuator of fear for those that won't seek out answers on their own. She's comparable to a circus act or a side show and it is one of my greatest hopes that she can go and enjoy her family in Alaska. It is also my hope that the media will stop with the Sarah "stories." The aren't stories!

    November 21, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. Audrey in Georgia

    See Sarah Fade Away. CNN make it happen and stop reporting on her.
    Her level of intelligence is appreciated by FOX viewers, not CNN. If you
    continue this drivel you are going to lose me as a regular viewer. Report
    on Sarah when she does something ground breaking, earth shattering,
    and down right fantastic. That day came when she was running for
    VPOTUS and lost, when she was governor and quit and now she has
    written a book about her past and not her future. Now let her fade away.
    Lights out!!!

    November 21, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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