Palin warns of new 'death panels'
December 10th, 2010
09:36 AM ET
11 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. Jc Ohio

    She did not really use a word as big as "Macroeconomic" ... someone had to write that on her hand for her.

    December 10, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Louisiana Man

    This woman does not falter in her illusionist demure of politicking and campaigning.
    With her nauseous and nonsensical blabber, she continues to utilize oxygen to the pretense that she is schooled in matters that exceed rudimentary. Death panels, what gibberish!

    That staged slaughter of that defenseless caribou is glaring. Although lauded by pro gun bullies [she didn't even load her own gun] she aimed and shot five times at this animal- not only did she miss- it DID NOT MOVE, was not spooked after five loud shots, YEA RIGHT!!
    BTW the scope was the culpert for the five missed shots and the flesh from killed caribou will feed a multi$$- needy family. HERS!!
    What a phony this quitter is.

    December 10, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. Colleen

    obviously none of the things said about her are fit to print...that should tell us all something anyway...

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Tracy

    She should start a band, and I've got the perfect name – "Dum dum and the Death Panels"

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. mesamick

    What do you mean death panels are "coming". I live in AZ and they are here ALREADY thanks to your kissin' cousins the "good conservative chrizzjuns" – We progressive Zonies call them "compassionate talibangelicals".

    The states government on the cheap rethugs are led by a bloated, pasty, white supremist who looks strikingly like Jabba the Hut – Rusty Pearce and a governor – J-Brew – that is rumored to have gotten her compassion training for her fellow man from riding crop weilding brown shirted matrons in jack boots who worked unloading people from crowded box cars at Dachau and Auschwitz.

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  6. Steen

    Why does anyone produce stories about this woman? She is an embarrassment to all women.....

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  7. STEVE

    Palin needs to go back to Alaska and fad away

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Alicia

    Someone please shut this woman up once and for all.

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. B

    Empty wagons rattle the loudest and she is an empty vessel like no other!

    Great " News Fodder" though isn’t she ?

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. robert

    "bureaucrats, not medical professionals, the ultimate arbiters of what types of treatment will (and especially will not) be reimbursed under Medicare."

    Aren't insurance reps, not medical professionals, the ultimate arbiters of what types of treatment will (and especially will not) be reimbursed under Insurance policies?

    December 10, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. John D

    Someone telling the truth! This will make the left turn purplr.

    December 10, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Edwin

    Sarah Palin needs to be part of a "Shut the hell up,dummy" panel. This woman becomes president and I'll vomit continuously for 4 years. Such a lying hypocrite.

    December 10, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  13. JC in SC

    The only "death panel" that Sarah can possibly be talking about is her own public "handiwork" of killing a caribou on public national TV. And not for the sport or to provide food for her family's table, but rather what she sees as "great sport" in upsetting a lot of people, and OBTW not all liberal democrats, who get upset at such a display. My message to you Sarah is: This is not funny. It's disgusting and unconscienable that you choose this method of defiance. You have made a mockery of our second amendment right. You are under the mistaken impression that this behavior and our right to bear arms, is somehow related.

    December 10, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  14. A female in Wyoming

    Sarah, shut up and go away. You are a nobody with nothing intelligent to say. Your bit appearance in a Barbara Walters interview was ludicrous and as usual made you look like an arrogant egocentrical maniac. You will never be president no matter how much you want it. You'll never have enough developed gray matter to accomplish it. Go away.

    December 10, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  15. Acaraho

    It sounds like Palin has been brushing up on policies and statistics. Heaven's knows however that she wouldn't be able to answer any in-depth questions on the subject matter.

    December 10, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  16. Baever

    I can't take Palin seriously, especially after she tried to bash the First Lady's anti-obesity program, acting as if the threat to our nation's youth is non-existent. Her positions on a lot of heated debates often seem too opinionated, where as instead of basing her arguments off well-researched, statistical evidence, she instead has this, 'that's what I think, and I'm sticking to it,' mentality; aka you could lay down a geological analysis of rock granite by some well respected geologist, and she'd still try to claim it's marble.

    It's more than obvious she has some intent to either run, or be a running mate of another Republican in the 2012 election, and I'm already preparing for the worst; she gets any sort of seat of importance, I'm moving to Canada.

    December 10, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  17. Bryan

    It is obvious that Palin has not lived in the real world or at least for some time because Insurance companies are the true death panels and have been so for years. I would trust government run by the people to make sure people receive honest and fair healthcare than a faceless corporation run by making profits. When did America lose sight and make government the enemy while corporations run our lives? There has to be a balance and I think it has been teetering since Nixon.

    December 10, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. sparknut

    She's just afraid that her name is first on the agenda.

    December 10, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. NVa Native

    Yuck. This one is creepy and stupid. Nothing new here, time to move on.

    Does fox cover her as much as Corporate News Network (CNN)????

    December 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  20. chris

    there she goes again with the same old scare tactics and bullying she thinks people actually listen too.....she needs to go back in to hibernation!

    December 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  21. Pretzel Logic

    Does anyone truly believe that this woman knows what she's talking about or that instead she's being fed lines from people with actual measurable IQs (and bad ideas)?

    December 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  22. Jeremy

    I'm a conservative and I hate that I have to live on the same planet as Sarah Palin. I wish the news would just ignore her fear-mongering.

    December 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  23. Bob

    I would like to see how Sarah Palin and the other republican leaders would balance the budget. What would they cut? Where would they raise revenues? Come on guys get a pair, belly up to the bar, go on the record and give us your wisdom.

    December 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. Eduardo Boro

    Why it is still news when she talks? She has nothing to do with any actually running of the government, state or local. She is a TV personality and private citizen. I use to be in government now I'm out – granted I was not a governor, spokesperson for a party or VP candidate but still. I wish when speak news agencies deemed it worthy to publish.

    December 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  25. Peter E

    Um... I know upper class politicians and pundits may be unaware of this, but we've had 'death panels' for years thanks to privatized, corporate insurance industry already! While Palin lives in her little bubble, demonizing the 80% of America that lives in cities and their suburbs instead of the 'real America' small towns, the vast majority of us have to go to urban hospitals where they already ration care. They have done so for years, thanks to private corporate bureaucrats. It was in fact government that stepped in and created Medicare because private corporations sentenced millions of seniors to death when they kept dropping their coverage. Corporate bureaucrats and their abuses were the ones who forced government and this administration to step in and finally outlaw the denial of coverage. Now it is arguable that adding more patients to the system while not providing for more doctors and hospitals will result in longer lines. But then again the rich think it is their g_dgiven right to be able to buy their way to the front of the lines, screw everyone else! They'd rather see the millions of poor sentenced to death by corporate bureaucrats again, just so they wouldn't have to pay a little more for new doctors and facilities.

    December 10, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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