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. Joey

    Where, oh where is my magic wand to make this individual disappear?!?!

    December 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Anonymous

    Where is this story?

    December 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. jayh

    Oh sure, make defense spending off limits, that's a GREAT idea. Not.

    December 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  4. usa/canada

    the only thing she's beefing up is her pocket book. and nothing wrong with that. just that it comes at the exspence of the dumb and naive.

    December 10, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  5. James

    Not the "death panel" thing again, Palin. Actually, on second thought, keep crying wolf. Maybe it'll get your followers to actually think about what you're telling them. And how is this any different than insurance companies deciding what treatment you can and cannot have based on cost? Tacky catch phrases you continue to spew are just getting old.

    December 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Enough Already

    She also said "The Boggy Man" was under her bed.

    December 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Patrick

    Go away you unqualified, self promoting, intellectually challenged harpy. Be gone!

    December 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  8. joe whatever

    Would someone PLEASE muzzle this bumpkin bimbo ? I sincerely doubt she could balance her checkbook, let alone the U.S. budget.

    December 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  9. LouWho

    Ask her the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics. Please, just ask her. Thanks Katy Couric.

    December 10, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  10. Abraham Lincoln

    Hopefully one of the 'death panels' decides to put Palin down for good.

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  11. Michael Kleaveland

    Please, not every word that comes from her mouth is newsworthy!

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  12. Marie MD

    Like bimbo here, I don't claim to be an expert in economics (neither is she) and I don't "have" a journalism degree (neither does she) but the words used in this op-ed are big intelligent words and they are about economics so she didn't write it. She is now using ghost writers to make herself look as if she knows what the hell she is talking about and we ALL know she isn't this smart. Not for a nanosecond. She can't beef up enough gray matter to even pretend she is smart! It ain't going to work idiot!
    Was she available to answer questions as to what she means about all of this. Of course not. She would have pretended to faint so whe wouldn't answer those gotcha questions about things she knows nothing about. The great pretender.
    Now that she is not traveling to the UK or Israel as a tourist I do hope she files over the Bermuda Triangle on her way to Haiti. Tthose people don't need anyone lke her visiting them. it's a photo oppurtunity for the media whore to pretend whatever she thinks she is going to get out of this trip. She could care less about the people of Haiti. She is no Mother Teresa or Diana. she is a disguting fake.

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Michael in Houston

    Hey Palin....why dont you go out and take a very long hike in the woods and kill something. Your a slop.

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  14. PoppyRae

    We already have "Death Panels," Ms. Palin. They're called insurance companies.

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  15. DMR

    When is Palin's 15 minutes of fame up? I am growing increasingly tired of this woman's dribble. She is interesting in only one thing and that is anything she can say or do to get her face in the media. When did she become an economist? She is a good example of why the upper 5% earners need a major tax increase. What has she done to improve the unemployment rate?

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  16. Richard Schumacher

    I wonder who wrote her analysis for her comments...seems a far cry to her most notable comment "I can see Russia from here". I hope Ryan enjoys here tag along position.

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  17. GI Joe

    Wonder if she means "like Governor Jan Brewer(R) is doing in Arizona by cutting transplant funding"?

    Hmmm - will she run for Governor of Arizona when she loses the Presidential bid?

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Kenneth

    Lets make it official ... CNN should now and forever be referred to as PNN. Slogan: All Palin ... All the time.

    December 10, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  19. Paul Willson

    Is she sane ? Making remarks like this lessen her chances to become POTUS . Unless the citizens of the USA are also crazed. And I don't believe that for 1 second.

    December 10, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. Norm

    Please go away Mrs. Palin.....

    December 10, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Sticky G

    It looks like the GOP insiders have chosen Sarah as their new presidential sock puppet for 2012. This is just like they did with Bush Jr. only she is less intelligent and articulate. Just imagine the destruction the GOP could cause the USA with a figure head like Palin to exploit people's fears and ignorance.

    December 10, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  22. independent Jim

    Hate to tell Sarah but "death panels" exist now in her our insurance companies. Sarah, always at least two steps behind... no matter the subject.

    December 10, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  23. Rlg

    Sarah, it seems you have something to say about everything..............Enough already!

    December 10, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  24. John TN

    Why is this turnip speaking about serious issues? Can't she just stay in the wilderness and shoot more animals? I'm waiting patiently for her to show signs of brain activity so her supporters can justify....their support.

    December 10, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  25. Sarah Palin does not speak for me in Ohio

    CNN why don't you just have a regular link in your menu called"Sarah Palin attacsk, says, lies, exaggerates (fill in the blank)" Every day this woman offers misinformation to her mindless followers who believe she actually understands and has studied whatever subject she brings up. You give her so much coverage that you are encouraging her proclamations. At least put it under entertainment.

    December 10, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
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