Palin jumps onto defund Obamacare effort
August 27th, 2013
10:53 AM ET
8 years ago

Palin jumps onto defund Obamacare effort

(CNN) – The effort by some Capitol Hill Republicans to wield leverage in upcoming budget battles in order to defund President Barack Obama's health care law gained the backing of Sarah Palin Tuesday.

The former Alaska governor and one-time GOP vice presidential nominee said she was signing on to a petition launched by conservative U.S. senators who say they won't support any measure funding the federal government that includes support for Obamacare.

"Those in the Senate and those seeking to serve there must stand strong against this devastating program before it reveals its true face now recognized by both sides of the aisle as the bureaucratic and economic beast that will deny our families, our businesses, and our sick the ability to access health care," Palin said in a statement distributed by the Senate Conservatives Fund, a grassroots group that is urging lawmakers to sign onto the plan.

Palin said she was signing onto a petition from the group for the defund Obamacare effort. Backed by Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Mike Lee of Utah, and Marco Rubio of Florida, the effort presses Republican lawmakers to pledge their opposition to any government funding measure that also funds the Affordable Care Act.

"The time for rhetoric and ceremonial votes in Congress is over. The time to take serious action to stop Obamacare is now," Palin wrote.

Many Republicans oppose the tactic, saying even the threat of a government shutdown could alienate voters who are tired of partisan bickering over the nation's finances.

Cruz, in an interview last week with CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley, conceded the votes weren't there yet for the plan to succeed. But he predicted a "grassroots tsunami" would lift the plan in the next month.

Palin, who in 2009 stepped down as Alaska governor in the middle of her term, currently acts as a commentator on the Fox News Channel. She told CNN earlier this summer she would definitely hit the campaign trail for fellow Republicans next year.

"Time's-a-wasting. Things are moving really quickly and if we don't get out there and defend this republic then America will be transformed into something we do not recognize," she told CNN.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

Filed under: Health care • Sarah Palin
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. lolo

    Rudy you are talking to a brick wall regarding Fair is Fair. He does not get it and is too ashamed to admit that he missed out on his government studies in school, just like he won't admit he is full of hatred. Just let it go. We will just have to make sure that every vote is counted, because the GOP/TP Klan is definitely going to try and steal the elections by hook or crook.

    August 27, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Well THAT settles it, then. I'm sure now that Sarah's involved, SHE will fix everything!! We can certainly expect a workable, reliable, Republican alternative now. Oh wait....

    August 27, 2013 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  3. lolo

    @ rhamilton, are you serious. No one is talking about shutting down the goverment, but Cruz and the rest of the nut cases in the GOP/TP Klan. You and your kind are really stuck on stupid. You are talking out the side of your neck as usual. Instead of blogging about Obama you need to go and research government period.

    August 27, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  4. MaryM

    Thats right, Palin does not give a crap if our military soldiers and military families get paid or not. OR if Americas seniors get their SS checks or any other American for that matter because the economy would collaspe if the government shuts down as these nut jobs like Palin are calling for if Obamacare is not defunded. Do any of the RWNJs have any idea what would happen.

    August 27, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "wreck the best healthcare system in the world."

    By what metric? Please cite all statistics upon which you rely that show America's health care system as No. 1 in almost every category. Ready? Go.

    August 27, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. w l jones

    Back when when Doctors chargeing less than five dollar for delivery a weathy person payed $2,50 cent and the poor if could find a doctor who would perform the service charge them $3,00 cash up front. Some people wont to go back to what they are saying good 0ld health care days

    August 27, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. kirk

    Right hamilton, he is having rallies and fundraisers and in no uncertain terms has said he will shut down government, where do you guys get that koolaid? Why does not one single accredited journalist recognize fox as a news station? I often wonder how people complaining about benghazi, while completely ignoring the 50 deaths that occured under George can't see that as a slap in the face to the families of the other victims of similar incidents? One lady commented on a bush article, thank you for keeping my family safe. Perhaps the most ignorant comment ever posted. A huge slap in the face to those who lost a child in a war created for one purpose, money.what an unbelievable perspective . Just sad really

    August 27, 2013 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  8. Winston Smith

    The fact that she seems to believe she has a dog in this fight, detracts from any and all arguments against the Affordable Care Act. Whatever makes this cretin believe she has any right at all to comment on any issue, is beyond belief. She's been wrapped in yesterdays newspaper, and resided in a landfill for many months. She's irrelevant, and incompetent. The people know this. It's a shame the media keeps using her as filler on slow days.

    August 27, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  9. Do your research

    If the right wingers are so concerned over a take over of government takeover of health care and death boards then tell them to give up thier government provided health care. Last session it was brought up as a bill, "any member that votes to repeal Obama Care must give up thier government health care" not one rebub voted for it. But they are willing to shut down the government to keep the rest of America of getting what they already have. Please explain that to me.

    August 27, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  10. bob

    Palin and Rush both back it. We must do it.

    August 27, 2013 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  11. Arun

    The funny thing about the Obamacare plan is that it was a republican idea in the early 90's. If Obama was for getting rid of taxes, the repubes would be against it. If Obama was for the NRA, the repubes would be against the pathetic organization. So it really doesn't matter how Obama governs because the repubes will always take the opposite view.

    August 27, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. kirk

    I can see Russia from my house! I just loved that one, and her interview with Katie was a smash, if I were gop, I would have cringed

    August 27, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    lolo wrote:

    Rudy you are talking to a brick wall regarding Fair is Fair. He does not get it and is too ashamed to admit that he missed out on his government studies in school, just like he won't admit he is full of hatred. Just let it go. ... ..
    Fair claims to be a woman, not a man. Fair and I agree on things every once in a while. Fair is constantly looking to "one up" me, but has yet to find the true path, which is to the left.

    August 27, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  14. Boomer in Mo

    When tea partiers defund Obamacare they also need to get rid of every law that forces hospitals to treat whoever shows up at their door. As far as I'm concerned, if someone does not have an insurance, card, medicare card, medicaid card, a high limit credit card or cannot immediately write a check or pay cash at the emergency room or for cancer treatment or whatever, they should not be treated at my, and your, expense. About 30 percent of health insurance premiums and hospital charges are to cover the care of such deadbeats. Let them die. I do not care if the dead and dying are in piles outside hospital doors. That is the way they did it in the 1950s and earlier and we should return to that practice. The days of shoving unpaid bills onto other people's bills must stop. It is a hidden tax, never voted on. The tea party fanatics certainly should be upset about that taxation without representation. But they are not smart enough to figure out what is going on. I say end the free care. Let the deadbeats die. Fewer people would end the unemployment problem pretty quickly too.

    August 27, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. Me

    Marie MD

    What is it CNN? That I called her a screeching mutant from AK?
    Nothing new here or that Lynda/Minnesota has inspired me to make sure voters who can't drive get to their voting place as I will make sure I drive them?
    The scary part is that you are allowed to drive!!! Judging by some of you incoherent posts I don't think you can even read or write. Man I am glad I don't live in MD!!!!

    August 27, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Getoverit

    It's been a while since we had a Palin Spewfest. The Liberals haven't lost their chops, though.

    August 27, 2013 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Randy, San Francisco

    Palin is indicative of what is wrong with the Republican national brand: the lunatic wingnnut fringe of the party.

    August 27, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  18. Pandamonius

    Funny that the party of "Fiscal Responsibility" is always the first to say we shouldn't pay our bills.

    August 27, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. RWB1956

    I was wondering when "Death Panel Dottie" was going to throw her two cents in.

    August 27, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  20. Wake up People!

    The fact that this "woman" was a heartbeat away from the Presidency still gives me chills almost 5 years later......

    August 27, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Marcus

    if not for ANYthing else, a govt. is interested in keeping you alive so you can keep paying the taxes and the likes that keep the govt. existing (and that's a very nihilist way of seeing things BTW), while a private company's primary is profit (and what's the problem with it?) NOT keeping you alive so you can keep paying them what they demand you to pay for their services (not a problem in itself, but we're talking about providing HEALTH CARE in here, so it's a bit paradoxal at the very least) AND they usually reserve themselves the right to approve your claims/demands for this or that procedure EVEN if you paid all that they had previously demanded (Palin's so called 'death pannels' already existed before she was even born).

    August 27, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Pandamonius

    Boomer in MO
    As far as I'm concerned, if someone does not have an insurance, card, medicare card, medicaid card, a high limit credit card or cannot immediately write a check or pay cash at the emergency room or for cancer treatment or whatever, they should not be treated

    Typical Conservative Plutocrat. I notice you made no mention of reigning in the absurdly inflated costs of medical care in your tyrade. But of course, you wouldn't since that turns into profit for the wealthy.

    August 27, 2013 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
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