Sarah Palin on Health Care

Last Updated : Dec 14, 2010


Governor Palin was an early and outspoken critic of the 2009-2010 health care reform legislation, which she refers to as Obamacare. August of 2009, Governor Palin noted articles written by economists which stated that the plan put forth by President Obama would not reduce the cost for health care through efficiency, but simply reduce government costs by refusing to pay for that health care. She stated the sick, the elderly, and the disabled would be forced to stand before "death panels" which would determine if that person is a productive enough member of society to receive health care.

When President Obama responded to the buzz generated by the "death panel" statements by stating that no one was going to "pull the plug on Grandma," Governor Palin responded by stating citing a section of the HR 3200 which created an "Advanced Care Planning Consultation" to allow people to chose not to have measures taken to save their life. Governor Palin points out that while such things are common, in this case the doctor and hospital involved with the patient have a financial incentive for the patients to refuse exceptional care. Governor Palin points to other experts that note that these planning meetings are not voluntary, and are initiated by the hospital and the doctor and not the patient. She referred to the plan as a government takeover of 1/6 of the economy and "downright evil".

Through the summer, fall, and winter of 2009, Governor Palin continued to issue statements in opposition to the plan. She pointed out her opposition to a single-payer system and noted President Obama's support for such a system. She noted that the plans put forth all created a large new bureaucracy, and she stated that simply having good intentions towards health care is not enough. One area that Governor Palin was especially vocal about, were the documented positions of Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the President's health care advisor and brother of his Chief of Staff. Dr. Emanuel has a firm belief in a government run, universal health care system. 

As the reform plan passed through Congress, Governor Palin noted the improprieties in the process. This included the back room deals in exchange for Senate votes, and a rules change which would require a supermajority to change the legislation in the future.

When the final version of the reconciliation legislation passed Congress, Governor Palin again spoke out against the reform plan, noting that it was a government intrusion, was too expensive, and was not what the American people wanted. She has noted numerous times that the legislation should be repealed as soon as possible. She has stated that one measure which should be implemented in place of Obamacare is tort reform. She states that this would lower the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors and reduce the practice of preventative testing.

Governor Palin opposed mandates to purchase insurance, and supported Senator McCain's plan to grant $5,000 to purchase insurance.


Vice Presidential Debate

During the 2008 Vice Presidential debate, Governor Palin spoke in favor of the plan put forth by Senator McCain to create a $5,000 tax credit for people to use in purchasing health insurance. She spoke against the mandate put forth by Senator Obama to force people to pay for health insurance or pay a fine.


Early Opposition to Health Care Reform

Governor Palin has been an early and outspoken critic of the 2009-2010 health care reform, which she referred to as Obamacare. On August 7, 2009 Governor Palin issued a statement via facebook discussing her opposition to the plans being discussed in Congress, and just days after that she issued another statement highlighting the opposition of numerous news outlets.


Death Panels

The use of the term "death panels" in the August 7 post generated a great deal of buzz and on August 14, 2009, Governor Palin issued a statement via facebook clarifying that statement. In addition to reasserting her position that end of life counseling was not optional, as the Obama administration has claimed, she noted statements made by other health care professionals that those that advise the elderly not to seek additional end of life care was combined with a financial incentive to convince them to choose as little care as possible.


Continued Opposition

Later in August of 2009, Governor Palin issued another statement which was critical of the health care plan being presented in Congress. She also expressed opposition to a single-payer system that President Obama had previously supported.

Throughout the summer, fall, and winter of 2009, Governor Palin released numerous statements via facebook noting her continued opposition to the developing health care reform plan and the procedures and deals used to pass the legislation. In September she warned about the bureaucratization of health care. In October, she railed against the fines imposed by the plan and stated that good intentions were not enough to make the plan justified. In November, she warned that the legislation was being rammed through Congress, and that the House version of the bill should be DOA in the Senate. In late December of 2009, when it became obvious that one form of the legislation would pass both chambers of Congress, Governor Palin released a statement noting that the bill included a rules change that would preclude later changes to the legislation from being made by future Congresses. In March of 2010, she noted that the country should stand up against Obamacare. The quotes below show some of the excerpts from those statements.


Support for Tort Reform

In August of 2009, Governor Palin released a statement noting her belief that any health care reform should include tort reform.


On the Passage of Health Care Reform

In March of 2010, Governor Palin appeared appeared on Fox News and spoke about the passage of the 2009 health care reform. She stated that the bill was meant to steer to the nation toward socialism, and was carried out in an unethical and illegal manner. (Comments start at 2:40)



Support for Repealing Health Care

In October of 2010, Governor Palin was asked about the possibility of repealing the health care law and why she felt it should be repealed.


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