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. doug corder

    Palin is an idiot and needs to be restricted from all forms of media. She needs to go hame and stay home.

    December 10, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Todd Ackerman

    Wow. She just never gets tired of lying, does she?

    What a kook.

    December 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Allison

    Yeah, and Geraldo Rivera made big noise about Al Capone's vault, too. It was as empty as Sarah Palin's intellectual capacity.

    December 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    The only real death panels this idiot knows about are the ones that involve her murdering animals for sport and to cement her faux outdoorsy image despite the fact that she couldn't even shoot a gun without help from someone else.

    December 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  5. dumpPalin

    Wonder what she thinks about what's going on in Arizona, where people were kicked off the organ transplant list becuase the state decided to ration healthcare. I guess that's OK, because it's Repukes doing the cutting. So a Repuke death panel is OK, right Sarah?

    December 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  6. MikinAZ

    While I enjoyed the movie and was moved by Forrest Gump's stick-to-itness and inspirational accompllishments – it was, after all, a movie. I do not want his real life inbred sister having anything to do with impacting our our country's direction...maybe a big bake sale but no more than that. She is a mouth for the Republican propoganda machine/FauxNews and quit her post as a public servant.
    Sarah Palin Gump is an idiot.

    December 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  7. TomNH

    The only death panels she's really familiar with are those that operate in low flying aircraft shooting at wildlife in Alaska–otherwise she's clueless.

    December 10, 2010 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  8. Benbear

    Isn't there an elk that needs shot in Alaska? Sarah – please go home!

    December 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. dave

    you lied about death panels the first time. anyone who listens to anything you say is a fruitcake...i'd like to ask again, though (and I know only about three people will see it before it's deleted...WHY DOES CNN GIVE PALIN THE HEADLINE EVERY EVERY EVERY DAY??. When this woman takes a leak, CNN puts it on the front page...get a grip, CNN. She is irrelevant

    December 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  10. Vet in TX

    I actually want a real commission to look into the house, senate, and governors investments, and how long that have made them. I wonder how many people would yell if it was found that VP Biden used to be a CEO for a health insurance company, do you think the HCR bill would have anything to do with that? I mean, look how Maxine Waters' husband's bank receiving a bailout raise investigations, but not Cheney's relationship with Haliburton and being the former CEO had to do with the biggest defense contract in American History, in a war started for the only reason to find WMDs in Iraq, couldn't have been a coincedence could it?

    December 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  11. Barry

    The death panel is operational in Arizona already.

    December 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  12. Itsa Circus

    The best that rational America could hope for is that Palin will be the GOP/Tea party nominee. She is un-electable nationally. But how sad it is that even a fraction of our country is so dumbed down that they can actually look up to Sarah Palin. Lack of funding for education in this country has systematically deteriorated entire regions to the point hindering economic and national security. We don't need for this to continue on like it has been.

    December 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  13. Mike S.

    Please God, just make her go away.

    December 10, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. Squiggs

    Stupid people who can't think always says that defense should be off the table. Our defense bill is too large. We pay more for defense than the next 20 countries combined. Why do we need that much defense? While we're going bankrupt defending other countries they're using their money to surpass us in every other area like education, green technologies etc. A lot of our best are over in wars fighting and dying instead of being back here contributing their considerable drive and skill to make this country better. America waste so much of our resources on nonsense. People like Palin can't see the modern world because by the time she took an interest she had to catch up with the stuff she should have already learned before but wasn't curious enough to care.

    December 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. Jack

    What Palin here doesn't get is there already are and always have been death panels. If you are very wealthy you get to try all sorts of experimental medial procedures to save your life. If you are poor, and can't afford expensive procedures, you are left with no options. And, quite honestly, do we want the government spending millions of dollars on procedures that will not prevent death? I'm sorry. I accept my mortality. I don't want the governement or my relatives throwing money away on procedures that are exhorbitant. Save the mone for the children. Also, aren't good Christians supposed to embrace death? They're all going to heaven so.....

    this is just fear-mongering. Get everyone to believe the gov't will pull the plug on granny. We've been here before. Everyone will, and should, be provided the best reaonalbe medical care until death.

    December 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  16. jm

    I find it hard to believe Ms. Palin is any more intelligent now than she was two years ago... She just has better people feeding her lines...

    December 10, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  17. Jason

    Is it just me or does Sarah Palin seem like the dumbest broad in politics. She's a fad that I hope goes away in 2011. Also, CNN stop using her name and credentials in the same sentance. Angelina Jolie has more knowledge of foreign policy than she does. The media has to be getting paid by somebody to keep her in the news because from what I see and what I know about her, she should've disappeared long ago.

    December 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. tony

    Ahhh. The good old "time of war" excuse for fattening the defense contractors over the needs of Real Americans. And if there isn't a war going on, then start one . . . . this sounds so familiar . . . .

    December 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Keksi

    Republicans party IS a death panel.

    Just ask unemployed,911 responders,seniors,miners,gays,Muslims etc

    December 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. daphnerp

    Sarah Palin should stop yapping and stay out of politics.

    December 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. report some real news please

    Dear CNN

    I think you and Sarah should get a room and spare the rest of us your unusual love affair.


    Jane Q. Public

    December 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. Big Al

    That this woman is out of her mind is beside the point. That her real interest is fame and stardom is embarassingly apparant. The frightening part is how a powerful nation has voluntarily dumbed itself down enough to take this silly person seriously.

    America's ignorance and anti-intellectualism has become its demise. Sadder still is that no one cares.

    December 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Panelist

    Geez, before reading the article I thought she was referring to Jan Brewer in Arizona.

    December 10, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. David

    Luckily for her, when the anarchist element in the world returns due to people/politicians like her, she'll be one of the first to go because of how upset people are towards her ilk. So she gets to avoid the panel and placed on the staff.

    December 10, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Travis

    Im looking forward to a Palin run in 2012, She is a bright star for this country in some dark times. I dont post on cnn blogs often, but I have to say im im sick of people posting nasty things about Palin. She is a patriot, an Army mom, and a fighter that will not go down under leftest media bias. If all you Palin haters out thier need something to complain about, try looking in D.C!!!

    December 10, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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