Matthew Holt

Palin: Obama Health Plan “Evil”

Sarah-Palin-smile The strange plot of the national debate over health reform this took another twist over the weekend, after  (now suddenly ex- Alaska governor)  Sarah Palin posted a statement on her Facebook page on Friday denouncing the Obama administration’s plan to reshape the healthcare system as “downright evil.”

In a statement referencing Ronald Reagan and the economist Thomas Sowell, Palin warned of bureaucratic “death panels” that would decide “if my parents (or yours) or my baby with Down Syndrome” are “worthy of healthcare based on their level of productivity in society.”

The full text of the post:

“As more Americans delve into the disturbing details of the nationalized
health care plan that the current administration is rushing through
Congress, our collective jaw is dropping, and we’re saying not just no,
but hell no.

The Democrats promise that a government health care system will reduce
the cost of health care, but as the economist Thomas Sowell has pointed
out, government health care will not reduce the cost; it will simply
refuse to pay the cost. And who will suffer the most when they ration
care? The sick, the elderly, and the disabled, of course. The America I
know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down
Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his
bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level
of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care.
Such a system is downright evil.

Health care by definition involves life and death decisions. Human
rights and human dignity must be at the center of any health care
discussion.

Rep. Michele Bachmann highlighted the Orwellian thinking of the
president’s health care advisor, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the brother of
the White House chief of staff, in a floor speech to the House of
Representatives. I commend her for being a voice for the most precious
members of our society, our children and our seniors.

We must step up and engage in this most crucial debate. Nationalizing
our health care system is a point of no return for government
interference in the lives of its citizens. If we go down this path,
there will be no turning back. Ronald Reagan once wrote, “Government
programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau
is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”
Let’s stop and think and make our voices heard before it’s too late.

– Sarah Palin

Rep. Bachmann’s speech can be viewed here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CHBvKGmevI

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Enzo

Does anyone think that she actually believes this rhetoric? We have already had “panels” deciding whether we get healthcare coverage…T-H-E I-N-S-U-R-A-N-C-E C-O-M-P-A-N-I-E-S! Some people want whats best for all of our society, not just for themselves. The fact that somebody makes more money than another does not necessarily mean that they work harder, just as it should not mean that certain people should get better healthcare just because they are members of government,unions or large corporations.

Jim
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Jim

I was trying to Sign Obama’s health plan letter online, but it seems impossible to do that without donating money… I’m not opposing it, I’d like to sign it, but I don’t want to donate as I believe Govt. has trillions of money and I have very little.

Lori
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Lori

So, the Task Force put in place by our present administration suddenly changes its tune on mammograms and self examination…..saying that it results in too many unneccessary tests for false alarms…..what’s that you all were saying about how treatments and tests won’t be rationed?

Harry
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Harry

107 PEOPLE DIE WORLDWIDE EACH MINUTE.
THAT’S 153,000 DEATHS EVERY DAY.
HOW GOOD OF HEALTH CARE YOU HAVE WILL
MEAN NOTHING WHEN THAT DAY COMES FOR
YOU TO BE AMONG THAT 153,000.
ARE YOU A CHRISTIAN ON YOUR WAY TO
HEAVEN…OR ARE YOU STILL BOUND FOR HELL?

Patrick Coyne
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Patrick Coyne

As a UK citizen I have listened to the likes of Sarah Palin criticise our own NHS. She is, in my view, an immoral disgrace preaching to morons of self interest. Here, if you have a cold or cancer, a headache or aids, you will receive life saving treatment immediately without question or credit card and I would pay triple taxes to safeguard it. The healthcare system in the US is an international disgrace. A culture is defined by the treatment it affords its most vulnerable citizens, and all I hear in this debate is how much more it will… Read more »

AG, M.D., J.D.
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AG, M.D., J.D.

Conspiracy Theory Have you ever wondered how the Baucus healthcare plan got to where it stands right now? This M.D., J.D. believes, and I agree it’s out there, Baucus conspired with others in his party. So hear me out. Baucus commisurated with his gang of 6 to set out a road map for his healthcare vision . Yet, neither the Dems or the GOP supported his plan. Strange, don’t you think.? Good so far, right? No one support his plan and, yet, within 48 hours after he (Baucus) announced his “healthcare plan” the Dems embraced it with a multitude of… Read more »

AG, M.D., J.D.
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AG, M.D., J.D.

Sarah P is spot on! She’s reasonable. The key to successful legislation is just that. Be reasonable
The dems actions unwise and unreasonable and, likely, unconstitutional. So it looks like this healthcare issue will just play out over time.

AG, M.D., J.D.
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AG, M.D., J.D.

“One solution”
Scrap the whole thing and provide a simple nominal plan to the indigent who cannot afford insurance or do not qualify for medicaid, thereby, making insurance affordible to them as a group. Or simply provide a medicaid like plan to those who fall between the cracks so everyone is covered.
Under any circumstance, no one is denied care when they present to the emergency room) under EMTALA (a federal statute) with or without insurance so why all the nonsense and insane spending.
Well, I guess Pelosi, Reid and Obama . . . .
Be careful what you wish for.

Poor Enough As Is
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Poor Enough As Is

I have not yet read any one elses comments, so I am sorry if I am repeating anything. I was wondering what about people like me? I am homeless, and I live at a Job Corps school where I am getting trained in a new career so when I leave I should hopefully have a home. I have never had a job that payed over 300 dollars every two weeks and have never been on my own. What about people like me? People who can’t even afford the insurance ? If people cannot afford insurance, wouldn’t that mean that we… Read more »

Melodie Miller
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Dear President Obama,
Please do not accept a bill that excludes a public option for health care. It is essential that we have a public option to keep the private insurance companies honest and competitive.
Melodie Miller
Voter

herad
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herad

I do not agree with 100 percent of any health care proposals so far. But one thing I believe in. If my country can spend a Trillion $ in Iraq and Afghanestan to promote freedom and Democracy (In Afghanestan maybe protecting national security)and sacrifice 45,000 lives of brave Americans, we can certainly spend one Trillion $ over 10 years to protect the people of this country. Isn’t the health of people a national security issue?

Sabastian Curry
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Sabastian Curry

Socialism does not work, read history.
No one has the right to healthcare. Based on what philosophy? If one want’s health insurance they can purchase it. If they cannot afford it then they do not have the right to force someone else to pay, that is called tyranny, stealing via the government.
People need to think about what they are asking for. Obama is a politician! He has never worked a day in his life. To give politicians power over healthcare is dangerous, immoral, and illegal.

melissa
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melissa

Sarah Palin is such a liar! For her to sit here and tell people she is all worried that her son who is on Downs sydrome wouldnt get the care that he is needed on the Democratic’s healthcare plan is such a bunch of bogus! My son is disabled as well, he has cerebral palsy. He was denied coverage in the state we live in because I made too much money according to the state income guidelines. I have a very small income and not the type of job which Sarah Palin has had or her husband. I’m sure if… Read more »

socialize lawyers
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We are all for reform but the 1100 pages of reform and not one mention of lawyer reform. Why? Because the politicians are lawyers.
Check out this funny video.
http://www.socializelawyers.com
Or go to youtube and type in socialize lawyers.

Darrell M
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Darrell M

The fact of the matter is that with so many other countries attempting to provide universal health insurance for its citizens and failing, you would think our government would learn something. Right at home we have states like Massachusetts and Oregon that have offered universal health insurance and are seeing massive deficits with no choice but to kick folks out of the program. Massachusetts recently had to force over 30,000 people out of their plan due to cost overruns. Additionally, are you telling me the White House isn’t considering so-called Death Panels like the one essentially in place in Oregon… Read more »