Palin warns of new 'death panels'
December 10th, 2010
09:36 AM ET
12 years ago

Palin warns of new 'death panels'

(CNN) - "Death Panels" could be back, Sarah Palin says. But this time they are not the creation of the Obama administration. No, these are the handiwork of the bipartisan debt commission.

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the former Alaska governor takes aim at several of the controversial commission's recommendations, saying the cuts it proposes "implicitly endorses the use of 'death panel'-like rationing."

Palin highlights the commission's proposal for an Independent Payments Advisory Board, a committee, she says, that will make "bureaucrats, not medical professionals, the ultimate arbiters of what types of treatment will (and especially will not) be reimbursed under Medicare."

The former Alaska governor also takes aim at the commission for advocating cuts in defense, an area that Palin says should be off-limits.

"Among the few areas of spending it does single out for cuts is defense - the one area where we shouldn't be cutting corners at a time of war," she writes. "Worst of all, the commission's proposals institutionalize the current administration's new big spending commitments."

Ultimately Palin, who appears to be beefing up both her economic and foreign policy credentials of late, hitches her wagon to GOP Congressman and budget guru Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

"In my view, a better plan is the Roadmap for America's Future produced by Rep. Paul Ryan. The Roadmap offers a reliable path to long-term solvency for our entitlement programs, and it does so by encouraging personal responsibility and independence."

Ryan, the Republicans go-to voice in the House on all things budget, would make for a key ally for Palin should she seek to further increase her own credibility on what is likely to be the No. 1 issue for Americans in the two years leading up to the 2012 presidential election.

"We must turn around before it's too late, and [Ryan's] roadmap offers a clear plan for doing so," Palin hales. "But it does more than just fend off disaster. CBO calculations show that the Roadmap would also help create a "much more favorable macroeconomic outlook" for the next half-century. The CBO estimates that under the Roadmap, by 2058 per-person GDP would be around 70 percent higher than the current trend."

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soundoff (279 Responses)
  1. Indie Woman in Denver

    This woman adds nothing to the public debate except for her simple-minded "analysis" and fear-mongering. Even when I'm on the same side of an argument (against the debit commiittee's suggestions), I still think her reasoning is full of chicken crap.

    December 10, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Ken in NC

    And if you asked her to get a copy of this "Road Map", she would take you to a gas station and buy you an Atlas Road Map. That woman is an idiot.

    December 10, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  3. Florida Joe

    She can't even read and now she is following a road map.........She is a road map for disaster

    December 10, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. jerry

    *sigh* Two years ago I had such high hopes for this woman. Then she started talking. Is it too much too hope for, say, a Mary Matalin/Peggy Noonan ticket in 2012? Hey, a guy can dream....

    December 10, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  5. stufit

    Ah, thank God, CNN's fetish with Palin continues giving the democrat libs a chance vent all of their drug induced bile, anger, racism and sexism. It really would be nice if instead CNN would tell us why the unions that poured millions in to trying to persuade the hard working American taxpayer that they should go for Obozocare, are now "opting out" something that is not available to the non-corrupt citizen or why so many millions of dollars of Californnia's welfare debit cards are cashed out at on cruise ship, casinos and other vacation spots. Or more importantly why the democat liberals want additional taxes on estates that have already paid income taxes and capital gains taxes. What do they have against people who work hard, act responsibly with their lives and want to give money to their families instead of entitlement frauds and dope addicts? I get so confused by the unethical, immoral democrat liberals that try to interfere in my life.

    December 10, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  6. LGNY

    Congratulations to our reality-impaired celebrity on another brilliant extrapolation from reality to hyperbole.

    December 10, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  7. Colleen

    can someone please shut this blowbox up...she is beyond ignorant...

    December 10, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. Larry

    Run, Sarah, run. Take Christine O'Donnell as your running mate.

    December 10, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  9. rs

    Palin must have stumbled over Gov. Jan Brewer while she was in AZ. hawking the book someone wrote for her. Republicans in AZ. are attempting to get out of medicare, and want to throw 250,000 people out of the state's AHCCCS plan- mostly the poor, elderly and children. Brewer has also terminated transplant surgeries promised to 98 people-condenming them to death.

    Ahhh. "Compassionate Republuicans".

    December 10, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  10. PaDoc

    Why is this woman not a blonde? All the jokes seem to fit.

    December 10, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  11. LGNY

    I'm always amazed how the Conservatives ignore the biggest death panels of them all - the private insurance companies that constantly devise new ways to deny coverage to the seriously ill.

    How often do we see stories of someone with a serious condition who is denied insurance coverage because the treatment is "not approved"!

    December 10, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Dave

    This subject is way too complex for an idiot like Palin. She should stick to shooting animals from a helicopter. Basically, she just whines about the debt Commission and instead of coming up with an orignal soluton of her own, she just parrots Paul Ryan's proposal (which is also a joke).

    December 10, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  13. michael

    This ignoramus just will not shut up, please go away you idiot!

    December 10, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  14. Janie

    Nothing Palin says has any validity to it least for me. McCain created a monster and she doesn't want to give up her 15 minutes of fame.

    December 10, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  15. Angie in Denver

    Keep yapping your mouth girl and folks will begin to see more and more that you are nothing but hot air.

    December 10, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. JoeW

    Well, she made political hay by using the term death panels before (off of a provision suggested by Republican Johnny Isakson (Ga) so she's pulling it out again. What next..."death panels" for estate taxes? "death panels" for the National Christmas Tree selection? "death panels" for Kennedy Center Honors program? Please tell me that people aren't buying into her rhetoric on this.

    December 10, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  17. katiec

    Who is pulling the strings for Palin? Would be interesting to knoiw.
    Well, bloggers, we went almost a day and a half without the Palin Ticker headlining her, but unfortunately it
    didn't last. Thought maybe they were listening to the participants, but guess they will continue to push
    her down our throats.

    December 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  18. Reggie

    Ever notice how Republicans always talk about poor people entitlement programs need to be cut . . . .yet never want to raise taxes, stop wars, stop corporate give aways or loop holes . . . . . If you are a poor to middle class Republican, I am not sure why you support them. They have made it perfectly clear that their priority is the wealthy nd business . . .they just need you to vote . . .

    December 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  19. American

    That's it, Palin, just repeat your Lie of the Year as rated by Politifact's Pants On Fire. Don't ya let those pesky facts get in the way of a good ol' storytellin'. You betcha 🙂

    Sheer lunacy.

    December 10, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  20. Me

    CNN – please stop putting this Bimbo in our faces daily!!!!! You only fuel her madness.

    December 10, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  21. berefreshed

    I know the left can't admit it, but their hatred for Sarah is because of fear. She has more common sense then all the liberal women combined!

    December 10, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Rosslaw

    Truly, inexorably vile. Her obsession with imaginary "death panels" is an interesting insight to what this creature would apparently love to set up herself.

    December 10, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. ThinkAgain

    For the last two decades, private health insurance companies have been:

    – dropping people when they get ill
    – denying coverage to children born with birth defects
    – denying treatment for pre-existing conditions
    – jacking rates to the point where small businesses and individuals can't afford health insurance
    – refusing to pay for life-saving treatments based on a person's age and the statistical probability of success

    Why no outrage from Palin about this?

    Could it be because she was helping herself to "socialist" Canadian health care?

    Or perhaps it's because making a buck is all that matters – whether it's an health insurance company off the sick and dying or Palin quitting her job and fleecing the suckers who pay to hear her nonsense.

    Palin = Quitter, LIAR, Mooch

    December 10, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  24. Tired of CNN's Obsession

    CNN has got to be obsessed with Sarah Palin. I check a couple times a day and there is ALWAYS a story about Palin... Please CNN, stop obsessing. Everytime this woman says or does something, it does not need a post on CNN.

    December 10, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. KochBrothers

    It has always been the providence of the health insurance companies to decide if you get care or not. Death panels reside in the corporate offices of Humana, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Kaiser Permanente.

    December 10, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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