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. MOUF

    Palin sounds/reads like she has recently taken a highschool debate class. I cant stand the woman and disagree with her ideas, but at least this is a start to her not sounding completely stupid. Baby steps I guess.

    December 10, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  2. Granny Griper

    This female is an absolute idiot and can you imagine listening to that awful voice giving a speech as P.O.T.U.S.
    She may try and run but she will never get nominated even most of her own party can't stand her, so why is everyone so enamored by this female because she is so stupid. My grandkids have more sense than she does, why do we waste our time making her rich

    December 10, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  3. Mark

    This woman is by far the stupidst human being I have been exposed to. Her ideaology is so far right that she make George W. look like a moderate.

    December 10, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  4. Adolph Hitler

    What is wrong with bureaucrats making medical decisions instead of doctors ha ha?

    December 10, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Loren, SF Bay Area, CA

    Insurance companies have used "death panels" for years. Get a serious disease, need an expensive long-term treatment, and see if your insurer will cover it. Why has Ms. Palin never spoken out about *this*?

    December 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  6. Gavin

    Maybe she should rename herself "caribou death panel"

    December 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  7. maine liberal

    Sara ask your buddy in Arizona ( jan brewer) about her death panels

    December 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  8. RLMontoya

    Who is this woman who thinks we should care so much what she thinks? She is in our faces 24/7. Her 15 minutes expired long ago!

    December 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  9. Jim

    This woman is as dumb as a bag of rocks, the ones she came out from under!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. alex h

    More and more, Palin is proving to be a one trick pony. Next she is going to say that higher gas prices are the result of an oil death panel.

    Please...stay in Alaska (and off of my TV).

    December 10, 2010 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  11. Mike Mazzla

    OMG PLEASE SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Who for one second believes she wrote that op ed lol

    December 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  12. Yooper

    GO AWAY SP you are an idiot! Hate monger.

    December 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  13. ronabq

    Looks to me that Ms. Palin is the death panel. Did you see that buck she murdered on her "reality" show? Of all the good she could do on that show, that's what she picks as part of her identity? What a legacy and what poor judgment! TV shows are now around forever online. It'll be interesting to see what people, including her son and grandchild, think about her show 20 years from now.

    December 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Vern

    lI find Ms Palin interesting. She is now starting to read books and news papers, good for her. I believe she should put down the history of McCarthy and how to scare your way into politics and start reading something more like the little train that could. Your big money backers of the tea party are only thinking about themselves and you, my dear, can make your money and go away. Your way of thinking speaks for itself, you do not need the media to make you look bad...... You are

    December 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. steve from puyallup. WA.

    hey maybe sarah should just keep taking her money and shut up....... she is doing legal hooker work with her book..... amazing... and when she crashes lets hope its face first...hmmmmmmmmm may not be a bad view...

    vote 3rd party

    December 10, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  16. Mark

    I get so sick of seeing this woman on the news every day. I HATE HER!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Nick , California

    I could care less what this vain media wh@re has to say! YOU WILL NEVER BE PRESIDENT!!!!!!!!!! GO SELL MORE TOILET PAPER BOOKS!!! Maybe you should try dancing!!

    December 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. adtar

    Stop reporting what this idiot says it's not funny anymore!

    December 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. tstorm

    Maybe Palin was referring to the Republican governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer. She's created her own "death panels" by refusing to have medicaid pay for organ transplants of critically ill patients "after" they were approved by their insurance! Republican philosophies "are" death panels.

    December 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. Paul1st

    Palin is not against death panels. She wants to make sure that death panels remain privatized and operated by for-profit insurance companies.

    December 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. jimm

    Ryan's plan eliminates pretty much all government programs. There are some places where the private market works better, but there are lots of places where the government works better...especially when you are dealing with profits. Also, the military budget should be examined closely, as I am sure many of the contracts can be re-done to be more cost effective.

    December 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. vince

    stop writing about this stupid cunt. she's a nobody disgrace to human life, and most importantly, a waste of good sperm.

    December 10, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. Marge

    It's time the media stopped covering this twit. She is just trying to continue to cause contention. And CNN shame on you for posting her articles. She is the most self serving individual, other than fox and Rush out there.

    December 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  24. Brian Schrumm

    PLEASE, PLEASE, SOMEONE give this woman a couple million dollars to just go back to Alaska and watch Russia from her porch.
    She is like Chiclen Little with "The Sky is Falling>"

    December 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. HMS

    If there truly are such panels, please put her on the list.

    December 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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