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. Ben Ben

    I would vote for Mickey Mouse before I vote for her.

    December 10, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Fightin' Democrat

    This woman is an idiot. If you showed her a pie chart of the budget and pointed out the huge slice of it devoted to defense spending, she'd try to eat it. Furthermore, does she agree with the CBO now? The CBO that said the Affordable Care Act would save money? The CBO that said that tax cuts for the wealthy are an AWFUL form of stimulus? That CBO? Glad she and I see eye-to-eye on the subject. Now if only she would come out and preach their aforementioned findings, we might find some common ground between the parties...

    December 10, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. 21k

    if i were running a medical insurance company, my goal should be to have people pay the highest premiums, and for my company to pay out the least in benefits. it's called a successful business model. the staff would be incentivized to deny payments. i guess they would be part of my company's "death panel". maybe she'll be eaten by a real grizzly on the next episode!

    December 10, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. malabar

    The Palin spotlight gives juice to anything it touches, good or bad. this is a good chance 4 Ryan and it may force some blue bloods to endorse or refudiate the plan

    December 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  5. Jonathan

    What a mindless dolt she is.

    If she thinks the deficit commission is akin to a death panel, wait until Medicare and Social Security are cut as a result of having prolonged the Bush tax cuts, which she supported.

    December 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Rob

    What or whom did she copy? Those words are CERTAINLY not the five-university-degree Palin's.

    December 10, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. t. durden

    we are all going to die. the amount of money we spend on the last 2 weeks of someones life is riduclous. it time we learn to die with dignity in this country. And Palin is dead wrong as always.

    December 10, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. RW

    Someday, the shrinking middle class will revolt – violently.

    December 10, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Dave

    I hope Ms. Palin will put her money where her mouth is and donate the bulk of her new-found million$ to those in need of medical care.

    December 10, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Mark

    Enough! Can we please go a week (or even a day) without hearing what this idiot half-term governor of Alaska thnks. It's not like she really thinks, anyway...of, if she does, it obviously takes a great deal of effort.

    December 10, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. B

    She likes that concept a lot, doesn't she?

    December 10, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. EdR

    Who listens to this nut case anymore? And to think she could have been a heart beat away from being president. OMG.

    December 10, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. land1

    I wonder if she can explain that last sentence on camera. Sarah get another life.

    December 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  14. Vera Cruz

    When Mrs. Palin tries it out and proves it to be a death panel , I shall gladly believe her.

    December 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. RickD

    What a bimbo!

    December 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Concerned Onlooker

    As a Canadian interested in American Politics I find the Sarah Palin phenomenon flabergasting. Does anyone really take her seriously? I mean the first use of the term "Death Panels" I will admit was a Machiavellian ploy to take advantage of peoples fears about health care but how can anyone really take her seriously anymore?

    December 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  17. sammieb51

    Maybe she rolled over in her sleep and heard AZ Gov Jan Brewer's medicaire "cuts" referred to as Arizona 'death panel' decisions and connected that to the bi-partisan debt commission. This woman is a piece of work, but she hasn't been garnering her required media attention this past week so she just had to toss us all a bone to mull over for the day..... The 5-college, half-term governor strikes again! LOL

    December 10, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  18. JB

    Sarah, Sarah. You just continually prove to us how intellectually mediocre you are and that you have no business running for higher office.

    December 10, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. Cory

    Wow, where did Palin learn to use such big words as "macroeconomic"...

    December 10, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  20. John

    I'd like to ask her the meaning of many of the words in this article. If she scores five out of 10 she can stay in American politics. If not, she should go back to Alaska and mind her business. Palid=stupid.

    December 10, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Jon

    This woman is a nutjob, why anyone still pays attention to her I have no idea.

    December 10, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  22. usualone

    Stop with this "death panel" talk...It shows how irrational she is. If the military incurred cost-cutting measures, they wouldn't be so low as to create misery for the military. Also, people who are not in Washington are not privy to how things she is just posturing. The public needs to wake up and realize candidates only say what they want them to hear - and she is playing to her base and people's fears once again. When coffeee prices went up years ago, the public got angry and didn't buy it. The prices came down immediately. Maybe we who are tired of this woman should not respond to anything about her for at least two days. Then maybe she will go away - we should be so lucky.

    December 10, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  23. Ilia

    Here we go again! Why is CNN giving so much attention to Palin? Doesn't everyone know that she's a raving lunatic with a low IQ and limited historical knowledge?

    December 10, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  24. jc

    WOW! WSJ publishing what this twit has to say about the budget and economy. WOW! Just WOW!

    December 10, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  25. joe

    Why is this quitter talking so much? her word is garbage since she quit a governor job to make a book and a reality tv show
    why does she think anyone respects what she has to say? what a moron

    December 10, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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