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December 10th, 2010
10:47 AM ET

Palin warns of new 'death panels'

Alexander Mooney
CNN Ticker Producer

"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 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. Paul Ernest Show

    Can someone tap Palin on the shoulder and inform her, her GOP friend and governor in Arizona, has already instituted "Death Panels" in her state. She better hurry up and move out her friends and family members in that state, before they become half of the person they suppose to be.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  2. Right1

    There will be death panels. For those of you that don't like this term, you can call it an advisory panel. Just like insurance companies, when they decide a treatment cost too much or not enough benefit will come from it, the claim is denied, because of the cost. It will be no different if the government has its' own advisory panel. If they decide the benefit isn't geat enough or the cost too much, the claim will be denied!

    December 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  3. Steven

    The debt commission's recommendations are just that: lawmakers will have to decide what policies are to be implemented if we are to address what the "Hugh Jidette" commercials and the Eskine Bowles/Alan Simpson road show are warning is the building debt crisis. Yet the news anchors all seem to buy the line that the extension of the Bush tax cuts is essential. If all the tax cuts are allowed to expire, we'll be back at the same tax rates we were on 9/11, before launching two wars while cutting taxes. If we would just do that, there would be less urgency to take draconian cost-cutting measures.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  4. Katie

    Once again Sarah speaks from the heart, about something she has absolutely no real knowledge of. Perhaps she should look up cases involving insurance companies denying people crucial care, refusing to pay for their medications, and outright dropping them from coverage. Instead of making people afraid of things that just aren't true, perhaps she should try using her intense charm and popularity to deal with changing what really is true (insurances have death panels now) into something that actually improves the lives of most Americans.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Connie

    Elaine is right – the insurance companies are doing the job now. They are telling the doctors what medications they can prescribe and what treatments can be provided. Medicare also is already rationing. They would rather put the elderly in nursing homes where their assest will be confiscated than pay a much lower amount for home health care. I'm not sure how a government-run health care plan could do worse. Despite all the horror stories, people in Canada and Europe seem to be doing OK with their health care.

    December 10, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  6. Eric P

    By the way, does she even know what per capita GDP means? And if so, why is she talking about projected figures as if they are real? It's like the people who lambasted "the Obama deficit" even though that money was 2-3 years from being spent...and the reason Bush's deficit was lower was because he kept the cost of the wars off the books by using emergency funding instead of budgeting them. If people took even 2 minutes to formulate a thoughtful, carefully worded, unbiased question(s) about the country they live in, the things they'd discover about the world around them would be enough to incite them to re-evaluate everything. But people aren't really smart enough, in general, to do that, so they follow political parties and let their "representatives" do their thinking for them.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  7. kmac

    Texas has had death panels for years. Look up the cases. Hospital pulled the plug on several in the past 10 years or so.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:38 am |
  8. Alex

    I swear to god if I hear the term "Death Panel" again I am going to give up hope in all US politics and in our society in general. Oh wait.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  9. Kelly S.

    I give up. Ms. Palin does not even care if she's telling the truth. It's all about sound bites and being the center of attention. I hope she does run in 2012 because it'd be a cake-walk for the Dems.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  10. Leon

    She lied about the "death panels" in the health care bill; why exactly should we believe her this time? From the video displaying her hunting "prowess", it appears she lied about that, too.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:34 am |
  11. Christine Palmer

    I find it ironic that Palin is all concerned about so called "death panels" but she clearly has no regard for life and enjoys senseless killings of innocent animal life.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:33 am |
  12. Brian

    Sara should look to Arizona with its conservative Republican governor and senators. Their "panel" is causing people to die by refusing transplant surgeries that people need.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  13. Mikey_H

    So Democrats are spending too much, but any time they try to cut something from the budget, Sarah is there to demonize it. Just what are they supposed to do if everything is sacred? There aren't oil taxes to base the entire budget on here, Sarah. It has to come from somewhere. Living within one's means is defined by sacrifice.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:31 am |
  14. Elaine Donovan

    Nothing compares to the "death panels' set up by insurance companies though Arizona is enforcing it's very own "death panel" by placing money ahead of human life.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:25 am |
  15. Ryan

    She gets points for using the word "implicitly" but I still have a very difficult time taking anything Sarah Palin says seriously, given many of her former gaffes

    December 10, 2010 at 11:17 am |
  16. Luanne

    Good coaching. Memorization doesn't mean she actually knows or understands what she's talking about. And give up the "death panel" fear-mongering fallacy already.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  17. Kathryn Warner

    Being an RN of 36 yrs, hospitals have their own ethics committees that family members are a part of. Family members are given all information and expert advise to make an informed decision. There is no reason for a death panel. End of life issues are handled in a more kind, professional way.We must remind Sarah Palin to get her living will ready and then her family or ethics committee will not have to decide! Honestly, does Sarah even investigate or care whether she can backup her fear mongering!

    December 10, 2010 at 11:01 am |