Palin to Obama: 'What Apology?'
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin dismissed President Barack Obama's apology last week for lying to the American people that they could keep their health insurance plans under Obamacare.
In an appearance on the TODAY show on Monday to discuss her book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, Palin called out Obama for what she believed was not really an apology when Obama said last week that he was "sorry" that Americans were receiving cancellation letters after getting "assurances" from him that they would not.
“What apology?’’ Palin said. “He kind of acknowledged a bit that there’s a broken website. The broken website is the least of America’s worries. This broken website I think is symbolic of a broken administration. Take over one-sixth of our economy and the socialized medicine that’s being crammed down our throat, that’s what’s broken."
Palin then called out the administration for alleging only five percent of Americans would lose their health insurance plans.
“Where do you get this five percent?’’ she said. “It’s not five percent. It’s most Americans will not be able to keep the healthcare policy and programs that they had desired. The new programs that are being forced down our throat are unaffordable. Some of them are still being told, ‘Well if you like that insurance policy and that coverage, you still will be able to keep it, it’s just going to cost you a little bit more.’ That’s the point. If it’s going to cost you more, then it’s not the same policy.”
She then blasted moderates like Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and those elected to Congress, especially on the Republican side of the aisle, by Tea Party voters in 2010 and 2012 for not opposing Obamacare fiercely enough.
“When you stand in the middle of the road, you’re going to get hit on both sides of the road,’’ Palin said. “We need to take a stand, especially on this Obamacare, and support those who are just fulfilling their campaign promises. So many politicians ran for reelection and for election saying they would do anything in their power to de-fund the statist socialized medicine program called Obamacare."
She said those like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) "took the stand" and "fought for us to debate the issue of Obamacare.” Palin also disputed host Matt Lauer's insinuation that conservatives did not have a plan to replace Obamacare.
“The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a healthcare system in America that certainly does need more help so that there’s more competition, there’s less tort reform threat, there’s less trajectory of the cost increases,’’ Palin said. “Those plans have been proposed over and over again, and what thwarts those plans is the far left. It’s President Obama and his supporters who will not allow the Republicans to usher in free market, patient-centered, doctor-patient-relationship leaps to reform healthcare.”