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. Jon

    Sarah Palin is an idiot.

    December 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. fsimkin

    The only death panels are composed of Palin, her cohorts at FOX and Senate and House Republicans (including Ryan) who yesterday voted to condemn 9/11 heros to death by denying them medical care.

    I guess they( 9/11 first responders) are good for photo ops and waving the bloody shirt to stir up the base but not as good enough to help out in time of need.

    December 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  3. adam

    Please stop covering this simpleton. Her mere presence makes us all stupider in this country.

    December 10, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  4. Four and The Door

    Read closely what Sarah Palin is getting at here. This again goes well with her consistent understanding of the role of Federal government in America and what problems there will be when government strays from what is appropriate. Although liberals would prefer Federal government to be the Grande Overseer of Society and Provider to All In Need, in practice that is problematic in the way it restricts the full potential of what America can be for everyone. In the long run, those in need will be much better provided for when American giovernment is managed appropriately.

    December 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Hangar 13

    Can't CNN find anything more newsworthy than Sarah Palin's latest statement? We know 499 of your 500 readers hate her and need their daily opportunity to cheapen themselves with their mindless vitriol, but you only cement yourself as a minor-league news organization with this daily hatefest. Here's a novel idea, and I submit it free of charge: disseminate real news. Fox tried it, and they blow you out of the water every day.

    December 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  6. tom limperos

    We already have death panel look at brewercare in AZ. Look at what you did as the half term governor. The feds had to shut down your state run health care because you were killing people.

    December 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  7. Rick James B----

    Sure whatever you say! Everything is a death panel....

    December 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  8. johnkc

    Yep, she is an idiot. She is in the news every day. Doesn't this woman ever keep her mouth shut?

    December 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  9. Justin

    Does anybody actually take her seriously anymore? She's like a cartoon character.

    December 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  10. bw

    why would anyone listen to this opportunistic reality tv star? she has contributed nothing but half truths to the national conversation.

    December 10, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. Edwin

    Someone should let her know about the 'Death Panel' that a fellow republican has essentially created in this great progressive state of AZ.

    December 10, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. ellen

    That bumpit is out of control. If it's actually a tumor, I understand that it's not her fault. It would also explain a number of things.

    December 10, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Jk

    Ms. Palin has a serious credibility gap when it comes to almost all foreign and domestic policy, with her one main asset being a core of Americans who dislike science and live in a fantasy world where legislation can make pi = 3. This has come out recently in two trends, her attempts to find people with a little more credibility (although not too much or they won't give her the answers she is looking for) and her campaign to make the neutral press look sinister and the biased press look heroic. There is certainly a danger here for Democracy, but it is not so called imaginary death panels, but the tyranny of ignorance that is gripping what used to be the party of rational thought. As a Republican, I am praying someone can come up with an alternate to the current party structure that believes in science, education, rational thought, and freedom from government intrusion.

    December 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. Amanda

    Sarah Palin is the gift that keeps on giving for Democrats. She's an absolute joke.

    December 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Go away already

    Oh, puh-LEEZE. Her and her catchphrases. Nothing but standard-fare inflammatory rhetoric from a one-tune singer.

    December 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  16. Moderate R

    Nothing like fear and ignorance to make our party stronger. Hey Sarah, how about some facts? How about some reality? What this country needs most right now is serious people with serious answers. Perhaps you might be able to come up with one of those? The one thing I can safely say you are doing for the republican party is making me appreciate the more moderate aspects even more. Honestly you are no better than the far left of the Dems. In fact I think you are far a far greater danger to our party than any Dem could possibly be.

    December 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Please, oh please CNN. As as Christmas, Hannakuh, Kwanzaa, gift, please stop focusing on Sarah Palin. You have a responsibility for fair and balance news! Sarah Palin is just plain ignorant who spews out lies to her equally ignorant fan base. She is not NEWS! Her politics are not politics, it just lies and if you keep focusing on her, she will not go away. Please focus on actually news. For instance, what is going on in the Korean Peninsula? What is happening on Capital Hill? There are more compelling topics that need focus, not Palin.

    Please as a gift for all of us that rely on factual news, please focus on important topics, not some attention whore that for some reason is fascinating to Barbara Walters.

    December 10, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  18. tomsawyer

    News flash..It is already too late. This Economic spiral was set in motion during Reaganomics. Spending cuts should not be made on National Defense period

    December 10, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  19. amy

    Oh NOES! Teh death panelz is comin!

    December 10, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  20. Ron

    Palin never ceases to amaze me with her daftness. First, she's against Obamacare because "it costs too much" and "forces people to have insurance". Now, she's crowing that the bipartisan debt commission's actions will lead to rationing of care. Two points in full, diametric oppositon to each other. On the best of days, she's an idiot. But those who are taken in by her "I'm a hockey Mom, you gotta love me !" smarminess are even worse. Lady Gaga would make a far better President. At least she can speak coherently.

    December 10, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. PalinSucks

    Why can't she just go back to hunting. She is a freakin moron. It's funny how all of a sudden she thinks she is an expert on everything. she may try to run for president (LOL), but she is only going to quit half-way through...similar to what she did with here job as Governor in Alaska.

    December 10, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Larry Karmel

    Where did the Wasilla Imbecilla get her economics training? Was it the London School of Caribou Hunting or the Wharton School of Being an Idiot?

    December 10, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. REG in AZ

    Attention, attention, attention .... that is all it is about with her, getting attention. There are those trying hard to groom and sell her to the Rep Party and to the public, the real problem is that all they are concerned about is that she would be another, like GWBush, total 'puppet' for them. Heaven forbid they are ever successful as she would be a total catastrophe for the country and the majority.

    December 10, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  24. Eric of Reseda

    The GOP fails to note history. The FACT is, the masses don't measure up to the elite in terms of individual talents, so Copnservatives' insistence on "personal responsibility and independence" simply means cutting off assisance to the lessers amongst who DO serve an important role in society. An average guy may not be able to produce the next major vaccine, but he'll willfully toil and carry the heavy loads the Builders put on him. But these lesser men, as we see, don't have the savings or resources to get them through the financial chaos the elites have created. So, they rely on social services that we as a society KNOW must be there: the safety net. Without that safety net, as history shows us time and time again, these lesser men will grow desperate. Next stop: substance abuse, crime, anarchy in the streets, etc. And the net effect is that we ALL suffer. The Rep[ublican Party serve the few, the powerful, the rich. To follow their lead is a terrible prescription for America, which has ALWAYS stood up for the "Little Guy".

    December 10, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  25. TODD

    Please stop with her, now she is repeating old material that does not make sense. CNN should change it's name to PNN all the time.

    December 10, 2010 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
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