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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sarah Palin's Position on Obamacare Has NOT Changed

True to their usual unscrupulous ways, the Dems and liberal media are trying to spin Sarah Palin’s call for civil discourse as a softening of her position on Obama’s healthcare bill, which she correctly labeled as “evil”. Far from being a change in position, it is a commonsense approach to prevent fear and anger about the Democrats’ push toward government-run healthcare from leading to behaviors that would "give the proponents of nationalized healthcare any reason to criticize us."

Not so. A closer look at her Facebook page shows that she posted a link to this poignant Youtube video the day after she posted her advice to Alaskans on how to conduct themselves at town hall meetings.

One detractor even posted a comment on Palin’s Facebook profile claiming that her healthcare statement had been taken down. Obviously, he didn’t click on the “See more notes” link at the bottom of her Notes page. Either that or he didn’t go to her Wall and click on “Filters,” then select “Just Sarah Palin.” If he had, he would have seen that Sarah posted her healthcare statement not once, but twice, and that both posts are still there. A link to the video of Michele Bachmann’s speech is in between, prefaced with this request:

Please read my statement on the health care debate, and watch this video of
Rep. Michele Bachmann's speech on the floor of the House of

It is amazing to me to see the amount of hype and spin the libs are willing to use to smear and discredit Sarah Palin and even put words in her mouth. Or to quote Sarah, they simply “make things up”. Never in America has anything this dastardly happened on such a large scale. Even sadder is that so many unsuspecting citizens believe their drivel and are influenced by it.

Here is what Sarah Palin really said (emphasis is mine):

A Message to Alaskans about the Stimulus Veto and the
Health Care Town Halls

Sun at 10:33pm

Tomorrow begins an important week for Alaskans.

On Monday, state lawmakers will meet to override my veto of stimulus funds. As Governor, I did my utmost to warn our legislators that accepting stimulus funds will further tie Alaska to the federal government and chip away at Alaska’s right to chart its own course. Enforcing the federal building code requirements, which Governor Parnell and future governors will be forced to adopt in order to accept these energy funds, will eventually cost the state more than it receives. There are clear ropes attached, and Alaskans will soon find themselves tied down by codes hich will dictate how we build and renovate homes and businesses. The state has hundreds of millions of dollars already budgeted for conservation, weatherization and renewable energy evelopment. Legislators don’t need to play politics as usual and accept these funds and the ropes that come with them.

Also this week, Alaskans will join Senators Murkowski and Begich in town hall meetings to discuss the current health care legislation. There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.

- Sarah Palin


Sarah Palin's Official Facebook Page http://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin

Ridiculous Leftist Arguments Against Gov. Palin's Health Care Position

Ridiculous Leftist Argument: "There is no death panel. She's a liar."

Governor Palin provided numerous references to support her statement on the existence of a death panel as proposed by this bill. Of course the bill does not use that term specifically, and some who like to play semantics have made hay over that. This is not about parsing words or the definition of what "is" is. The point is, the bill will result in bureaucrats making decisions as to who gets treated and how the patient gets treated.

Obama's health care bill would result in placing a price tag on the value of each person's life and treating according to who they believe would be the most productive members of society. That is tantamount to having a death panel and forms the basis of Governor Palin using that term.

Why do some people hate Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plans? Because you have some bureaucrat insurance adjuster making treatment decisions. But, an HMO is a private entity. Some HMOs are better than others, and because they're market-driven, there is a limit to the ghastliness of their decision-making process. If you don't like being in an HMO, you can insure with a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), take a traditional indemnity plan, or some other form of health insurance. If you work at a job with benefits, most employers allow you to choose from multiple insurers, usually one of each major type.

With Obama's health care bill, the federal government is the HMO and it is perfectly clear from the sources Governor Palin referenced: their planning milieu discriminates against the elderly, the disabled and the very young, based on their relative worth to society.

If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck....it's a duck. The panel of bureaucrats making life and death decisions based on a person's worth to society is in fact a death panel and had its origins in Nazi Germany.

See Governor Palin's extensive reference list here:

Governor Palin Provides References for Her Health Care Statement

See Obama in a video on the subject here with analysis by Adrienne Ross:

Woman at the Mercy of Obama's Death Panel

Ridiculous Leftist Argument: She retracted her death panel statement and called for civility!

Governor Palin retracted nothing and did not back down from her statement, or apologize in any way, shape or form for saying "death panel." Her position remains that Obama's health care proposal involves the formation of among other things: a death panel. There is nothing to apologize for, as there is more than sufficient evidence to support her use of the term. See above.

Her "call for civility" was an exhortation against using violence, intimidation, or harassment at town hall meetings and other public forums. Simply put, where ever you stand on the issue, you should be able to go to one of these events, speak your mind and not have the event turn into a slug-fest, or a room full of people yelling and no actual points being made.

She told those of us who love and support her to not initiate any violence at these events, and not do anything that could bring disgrace to our position.

None of what she said in her call for people to conduct themselves with some decorum at town hall meeting and public forum constitutes a retraction of or modification to her position on Obama's health care proposal.

Governor Palin has been consistent in advocating NON-violence in advancing political positions.

Ridiculous Leftist Argument: Begich addressed your concerns. Blog about that!

If you consider parsed words, double-speak and generic gobbledygook sufficient to address your concerns, what can we say? Our position at Accomplishments regarding Senator Begich vs. Governor Palin remains unchanged. She enunciated her position clearly and precisely. Unless you are illiterate, you know exactly what Governor Palin's position is on bill when you are finished reading the five paragraphs of her statement.

Sen. Begich's stated position is nebulous at best. Considering his prior record, we think it is fair to say he supports the bill and leave it at that.

Second -- this blog is about Governor Palin's Accomplishments, defending against smear attacks, and fund-raising for the Alaska Fund Trust and SarahPAC. What this blog does and who it is done for is crystal clear -- and in our logo.

If you think Sen. Begich or anyone else has sufficient accomplishments to warrant a blog, Google, WordPress and others will provide you with the same software and free service we use to promote Governor Palin's Accomplishments. Knock yourself out.

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