Just because she is no longer the
Governor of the State of Alaska doesn't mean that former governor
Sarah Palin off chasing big game and fishing in the Alaska
Earlier today Palin called President
Barak Obama's health plan “downright evil”, her first online
comment since leaving office. She also asserts that he would create a
“death panel” that would deny care to the neediest Americans.
"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," the former Republican
vice presidential candidate wrote.
The claim that the Democratic health care bills would promote and
encourage euthenasia have been smelling like an overly-ripe fish on
the Internet for weeks, and has even been echoed by some Republican
leaders. Both the Democrats and the nonpartisan group FactCheck.org,
a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of
Pennsylvania say the Republican claims are false.
Republican criticism has also included allegations that the reform
plans will lead to rationing, or the government determining which
medical procedures a
patient can have.
Unfortunately, millions of
Americans already face rationing, as insurance
companies rule on procedures they will cover. Denying coverage
for certain procedures might increase under proposals to have a
government-appointed agency identify medicines and procedures best
suited for various conditions.
Sarah Palin is, of course, believed to be preparing to run for
President in 2012, and thus despite her statements to the contrary,
she is still a politician advocating policies for the Right Wing of
the Republican Party.