Republicans and Democrats Criticize Sarah Palin’s Death Panels Claim

Sarah Palin’s claim that the Democratic healthcare reform proposal will set up death panels continues to be roundly refuted. On ABC’s This Week today, Howard Dean said, “About euthanasia, they’re just totally erroneous. She just made that up.” Conservative columnist David Brooks and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) have also refuted Palin.

Friday on her Facebook page Palin posted, “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.”

The criticism started on Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher when GOP Rep. Jack Kingston distanced himself from Palin:

Kingston said, “I agree. It’s rhetorical. It’s a scare tactic. There’s no question about it.” Rep. Kingston also said that there are no death panels. On Meet the Press today David Brooks called Palin’s claims crazy, “Yeah. Again, that’s crazy. If–the, the, the crazies are attacking the plan because it’ll cut off granny, and that–that’s simply not true. That simply is not going to happen.”

On ABC’s This Week Newt Gingrich became the only Republican to defend Palin, while former DNC chairman Howard Dean said, “About euthanasia, they’re just totally erroneous. Just like the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ that she supposedly didn’t support.” This is new reality for Sarah Palin. Since she resigned as Alaska governor, she no longer has a platform for her message, so she now has to make outrageous claims on Twitter and Facebook in order to get attention.

The problem for her is that although these statements will get her the mainstream media attention she craves, there is also the possibility that she will marginalize herself and lose potential supporters for 2012, if she goes too far to the fringe. It will be interesting to see how she deals with the backlash from Republicans over her statements. Her decision to resign took the bloom off of her political rose. I think more Republicans are going to criticize her in the future.

See Also: Sarah Palin’s Death Panel: A Conservative’s Confession

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4 Replies to “Republicans and Democrats Criticize Sarah Palin’s Death Panels Claim”

  1. Sarah Palin has proved, once again, that she is a liar, extremely unintelligent, mentally unhinged and only interested in playing silly politics. Everytime that woman opens her mouth, she reduces her eye Q 20 points. SAD.

  2. Why can’t the Republican party get their act together?? This is really sad that they have to continue with this silliness. It only proves how desperate the GOP really is. McCain picked Sarah as his running mate, because he was trying desperately to win the female vote. He didn’t care how idiotic or wacky this woman was, he was doing what the GOP seems to be doing best: Playing Politics. And even worse, it did this at our country’s expense. I’m SO glad American saw right through that and rejected the Republicans. Sarah Palin is as about as useless as a butt-plug.

  3. Honestly, Ms. Palin has to be either really really unhinged, or she is smoking something illegal. I have watched her become more and more, not just hyperbolic, but delusional, and incendiary. One of the above has to be true……..what is soo sad is that as the mother of a disabled adult child, I know how much it takes for a parent to do right by their child, and throwing that child out there to make some fictional point, means she is NOT at home trying to use this time she has while he is very young to learn about what it will take to care for and educate him.

    The first job any of us has is to do right by the children we bring into the world…….male or female and unfortunately it is patently clear that she has no intention of doing any such thing, just like her failure to prepare Bristol for adulthood, or to see to it that the other children get a decent education. Something she clearly lacks.

    Pitiful that the very serious business of our nations health is a stepping stone for Ms. Palin.

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