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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  1. Name king

    Why every other word out of Palin mouth got to be with some kind of distraction, aren't she satisfied of killing those helpless wild animals that can't defend themselves, I thought the repugs was about fiscal responsibility, oh I guest when it involves the rich that don't count huh. It always have to be on the back of the struggling poor and middle class, the people who keeps the economy Alive with their demand power.

    December 10, 2010 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  2. Don

    I made the joke to a Republican who spent the last year screaming about death panels, that it was actually a secret Republican idea, as it was the only way they could lower the debt like they said they absolutely wanted to do. He, who had spent all this time talking about something that never existed, and couldn't exist, and was a direct insult to anyone who believes in limited government, the democratic process and the actual reform, was actually insulted.

    December 10, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. james Miller

    So,-- Defense spending should be off-limits??? I guess so because half of the "soldiers" in Iraq were actually Blackwater mercenaries and we all know they don`t come cheap. Face it folks!! This has been and IS the United States of Corporate America ( USCA). How many damn rockets and nukes do we need??????

    December 10, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. Tuna

    As a elderly neighbor said to me last night, Sarah Palin is "such an air head." I could not agree more. The news people just love to write stories about her because her "air head" remarks make new stories. If she ever became president, American will be head for "third world status".

    December 10, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. beevee

    Some one should tell this brainless woman to stop terrorizing innocent americans on healthcare issues. I am certain she has no clue on any of the matters that are important for getting this country back to its glory days. But she has a big mouth and no shame to kepp on rambling. The media should stop covering her.

    December 10, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. Bill

    "New Death Panels"? Are they like the "old" death panels, which never actually existed except in Sarah Palin's mind?

    December 10, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  7. ThinkAgain

    "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," said Palin.

    Do a little research, Palin. Plenty of folks within the military have confirmed that there are several areas within the defense budget that can be cut without harming our national security (mostly programs for ineffectual/redundant equipment).

    If you could actually think and not just spout nonsensical talking points, you might be able to wrap that little pea brain of yours around complex issues such as this.

    December 10, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  8. Duck Fallas

    AHA! Her ghost writer has revealed himself! It's Paul Pyan!

    December 10, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    "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."

    Translation: Eliminate Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and any other program that helps the most vulnerable in our society. Because hey, if you don't have money, tough! It's a dog-eat-dog world out there, baby, and now that I've suckered millions off of my idiot supporters, you can all go to Hades!

    December 10, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Julia- Idaho Native American

    Crazier than a peach orchard boar, dumber than a box of rocks, this woman is ignorant and dangerous.

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

    Arbiters .... macroeconomic outlook ... long-term solvency ....

    You can always tell when Palin didn't write her op-ed: too many big words and sentences that are grammatically correct.

    December 10, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  12. p

    Of course, she has absolutely no idea what she's talking about.

    December 10, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  13. CNN IS qnwpass

    just like Palin.
    Stop putting idiots' news on the ticker.

    December 10, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. Marcus

    OK, I confess that I forgot what was she talking about when she put Paul Ryan's 'Roadmap for America's Future' in the story. Then I went to recheck it since it was a familiar thing (albeit I had forgotten exactly what it was about).
    The guy who wants to simply extermintae Medicare and Medicaid, cut the budget without looking where he's cutting at and that even conservative economist agreed that his ideas 'have some (workable) problems'...
    And for Palin he's the hope for the next generations of Americans?
    No surprise here.

    December 10, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  15. susiet123

    I would really appreciate some positivity rather than the fear mongering that this woman spews. Where are the statesmen and women? Where is the voice of sense and reason? I am so tired of the pot shots being tKEN at those who are working to make a plan, and trying to get us out of the mess made in the prior 10 years. She has no idea how to fix it...only how make outrageous statements about things she obviously doesnt understand...or care to understand.There is an enormous difference between death panels and rational end of life care.

    December 10, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  16. Mad man

    Question yourselves this, why should first responders to ground zero be given a free medical and healthcare deal of any greater benefit than a man or woman serving in the US military. Nearly every fire involves toxic vapors or fumes and first responders are fitted with the very best training and equipment to understand this aspect that our tax money can pay for. I would bet that many life insurance policies of the victims of 9/11 did not pay due to the act of war or terrorism clauses. Why should people that choose a semi-dangerous job as their career in public service be given an open tax funded ticket to exorbitant pensions and healthcare, hey they should try medicaid and social security, we have to!? I say let them get the same services that the guys that came back from Vietnam, Korea, Iraq or Afghanistan got at the VA hospital!

    December 10, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. Expat American

    Tea Nazi Sarah is doing nothing more than reading verbatim catch phrases off of her hand….as usual. Make sure you lock in the small town GOP Bigot/Patriot vote, Sarah Nazi!!!! But don't confuse the wife beaters with all this fancy book learnin' talk – whether untrue or false....

    December 10, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  18. T'sah from Virginia

    "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."

    The PA'IN in the NECK does not know what she's talking about. I notice how Sarah LAPS on to someone she thinks has BRAINS and tries to make it seem as if she is on the same track... She does it all the time!! She is NOT fiscally savvy and she's NOT presidential – so STOP fooling yourself PALIN... Why isn't she saying something about the RICH getting TAX CUTS??? Oh, it's because she's RICH now!!! PLEASE SARAH – we all have you mapped out and you are still heading towards that BRIDGE TO NOWHERE!!!

    December 10, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  19. Clark Wilhelm Griswald

    CNN's Palin-Palooza continues. CNN is now pure yellow journalism, sensationalistic and vacuous.

    CNN has abandoned real journalism and is purely after advertising revenue.

    Boycott all who advertise on CNN. Limit your comments to condemnations of the insipid topics CNN chooses instead of the many real news stories in the world that are ignored to tell you about nothings like Palin.

    December 10, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  20. jerseylou

    HEH,HEH,HA,HA.....Palin please go back to School and stay there for about 10 Years.Here she goes again scaring the hell out of people.I really would like to fine out who's pulling this puppet strings.

    December 10, 2010 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  21. Dennis

    It's like a car wreck, I can't help but look to see what the idiot says next.

    December 10, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  22. Terry

    She can play the media like a violin. How much longer is this love affair going to continue?

    December 10, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. deuce

    God this woman is a real idiot...

    December 10, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. me

    ....ummm.....I thought the death panel was a Republican thing...denying cancer patients medical care and throw them out when their limit is used up......bye bye, go die....
    ....the Reps just added 700 billion to the deficit in tax extension.....how do you want to save that? Cutting corners it is.....don't tax the rich.....just charge Vets with all sorts of things....that's Republican, they've been trying for many many years to get the retired Vets of the 'free' – but not anymore free – health care....The Vets are supposed to use their employers health care, which has way higher deductibles than Tricare (which was rightfully earned) insurance, yet the Reps don't want the Vets to get 'government care', now they are trying to make the free healtcare (that isn't free anymore) even more expensive....bad, really really bad......
    So Palin.....talk about death panels....all in the name of attention grabbing head lines....AGAIN.

    December 10, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. Joseph

    Unlike regular insurance, where bureaucrats, not medical professionals, are the ultimate arbiters of what types of treatment will be reimbursed.
    Wait, what?

    December 10, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
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