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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  1. Cynthia Jordan

    Why do people even listen to Sarah Palin,Why do media outlets give her print and air time.She has someone to write the articals for her because we all know that she is not intelligent enough to have the vocabulary (remember She makes up words) to give a straight sentence.I don't understand the people that hang on to every word she says.We could very well have a Jim Jones type situation right here on American soil.Please people think for yourselves and remember you don't have to drink arsenic laced beverages to cause harm to yourselvs and others.

    December 10, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. sifto77

    this lady is common sense

    December 10, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. ConsDemo

    I can't tell whether this woman is just stupid or flat out dishonest. If she favors "less government" as she claims than there is no way to avoid some form of rationing in health care, especially for care that is publicly financed. The fact that no one seems to point out this enormous discrepancy in her rhetoric is unfortunate.

    December 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. bgs

    Why is someone like her picked to do an op-ed in a major paper? I guess I know the answer, she is employed by New Corp. But really, why not just publish a 6 year old's take on the federal budget? They would show about as much understanding of our system.

    December 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  5. Keats

    It is mind boggling that a person of her intellect is allowed to have a platform to speak. She is only embarrassing herself and all of the tea party movement.

    December 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Sally

    Who asked you, Sarah? Why aren't you jumping on Jan Brewer, who HAS instituted a government death panel by refusing organ transplant payments in AZ? Why are you not standing up and speaking out for those people? Oh, I know, they are on Medicaid, and not millionaires who can contribute to your slush funds. They, like the rest of the poor in this country, are not worth your time and energy.

    December 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Ain't life strange?

    The article quotes Palin as saying, "The CBO estimates that under the Roadmap, by 2058 per-person GDP would be around 70 percent higher than the current trend."

    Great... just in time for me to be dead for about 30 years! At least my kids would prosper...

    December 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  8. hwy911

    Ok, first of all – somebody please tell this woman to please stop pretending that she knows anything, stop pretending to be an expert on anything, and stop talking altogether. Second, again with the death panels? Come on, woman! Get a grip! Nobody's trying to kill you, Grandma! Third, according to you, the CBO doesn't know what's it's talking about when it comes to Obama's stimulus program (which succeeded, just as the CBO said it would), or when it says that health care reform will save America billions over the coming decades – but you quote the office when it comes to a plan you support? Just how stupid can you be?

    December 10, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Chris

    Like the government MedicAid death panal already in Republican Arizona that denied a 17 y/o girl a medically necessary liver transplant, and the girl died? That kind of death panal?
    Sarah, go back to Alaska and leave issue debate, politics, and governing to grown ups.

    December 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Jake

    I wish she would go up in front of one of those panels.

    December 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  11. Len

    Why they do we listen to her? Check out what has happened in the Republican State of Arizona. Governor Jan Brewer (Republican) has cut funding for transplant patience in her state. A savings of 1.5 million dollars. The media and news outlets are calling this "Death-panels", people are outraged. But we only have ourselves to blame, we voted all this nut jobs into office because we listen to Fox news, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hanity and the rest of the right wing lieing talking heads, including Sarah Palin........We need to wake up and realize if we are a Christian nation, we have to help all those in need...not just the upper 2%.........I hope it is not to late. Unfortunately when you deal with an unintelligent voting block who donot take time to understand the issues, we get what we deserve.

    December 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Classified

    "How's that Drill Baby Drill thing goin for ya?" I watched your show Sarah, you're pathetic. I love the way you act like you do this all the time, but your fishing in make up and $1000 clothes. Please just save face, accept that youre an incomprehendable idiot, and walk away.

    December 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. 2manyhorses

    We already have death panels that make "bureaucrats, not medical professionals, the ultimate arbiters..." They are called insurance companies and they call the shots with impunity.

    December 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  14. Dallasvoice

    This "lady" is as flakey as a Parker House roll.

    December 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  15. katy Heys

    She didn't write that. I'd like to see how well she would do in a debate with a credible person. Anybody who thinks that she put together a piece like that should give me a holler because I have a great bridge I want to sell cheap.

    December 10, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    There is no question, that many of the proposals within the government, disenfranchise senior citizens, in terms of benefits and especially in terms of health care benefits. Either they raise the cost to seniors, beyond the seniors ability to pay, or they deny the needed coverage altogether.

    That does leave seniors with few options, other than lay down and die, which it seems is being mandated for the future, by government. Which of course, raises the question.......why are we trying to make people live longer, in the first place........only to sentence them to death in their senior years??????

    December 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Bart

    If Hugo Chavez and Ahmadinejad can become president it is actually possible for Palin to be elected. Maybe Nostrodamus was right but just off by a few years.

    December 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Ick

    A time of war? This is not a time of war. People seem to use that term rather loosely. War on drugs, war on drinking and driving, war on terror war on caribou. Fact is, the last time America declared war was in 1941.

    December 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  19. Dave

    "New" death panels? Does she know we never had OLD ones? What is she talking about?

    The only "death panels" I've heard of in the last 2 years is the Republican one in Arizona where they are cutting off funds for patients too near death and letting them die so they don't "waste" too much money. But again, that's Republicans managing resources, limiting benefits, rationing care, whatever you call it.

    December 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  20. Anthony N.

    You know how can you not cut defense? I am all for not cutting the pay of military personal, but you have to trim some of that fat defense budget. They will be $800 Billion of our federal budget in 2011!!!!! Bush first raised the budget then the congressional cronies raised it even more to keep jobs in their district. I am sorry, just to pander to local political base instead of facing this crisis head on really burns my A$$!!!! Everything is on the table as far as I am concerned. You have to cut EVERYWHERE!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. krippendorf

    Why aren't you reporting the wikileaks that showed that the execs of Faux News asked their "objective" reporters to spin the health care reform in a pro-Repub way? That's the real news, not what some money-grubbing half-term quitter from AK opines on an issue about which she knows nothing. She's a liar, a windbag, and an idiot, and the sooner CNN and the rest of the mega-media stops licking her boots, the better.

    December 10, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  22. hasamana

    Gee Sarah, Maybe I would support your "Death panel like" groups if they would include rationing commentary to people with credibility and sensibility..

    December 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. Bob

    What an idiot.

    December 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Namerosemarie shanley

    i agree 100%, the death pendality should be put back in the law. that is why this world is the way it is. i myself work to hard as a single women for taxes and corup people to take it away.

    December 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. GaryB

    Paul Ryan's plan is essentially another round of special tax breaks for the rich paid for by cuts in government services for the rest of us (you know, that stuff our taxes are supposed to pay for). Why do Republican's/Conservatives like Palin always put the comfort of the rich over the needs of the rest of us? That's something her supporters might want to ask themselves.

    December 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
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