On Friday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin suggested that recent revelations that 40 U.S. veterans died while they were placed on secret waiting lists at a VA hospital in Arizona is a preview of what will occur Obamacare.
Palin reminded Americans that she predicted Obamacare’s “death panels” before the law was passed and said liberals will start pushing for a single-payer system as Obamacare, which has been changed, at whim, numerous times with executive actions, runs into even more problems.
“What happens next is the Left will subtly suggest moving America toward a single-payer system, which was their intention all along. Watch for this gradual, but driving, descent into statism,” Palin warned. “So, are you still relying on Obamacare to help and not hurt you? On the Democrats’ watch, health care in the hands of unaccountable bureaucrats proves Reagan’s adage that government is not the solution; government is the problem.”
Palin was right then on “death panels” and stood her ground even as she was relentlessly mocked. Later, liberals such as Paul Krugman, Howard Dean, and former Obama adviser Steve Rattner conceded that “death panels” were a necessary component of Obamacare.
Palin cited her “death panels” post on August 7, 2009:
“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.”
Politifact declared her statement the “Lie of the Year” in 2009, as Palin noted:
“We agree with Palin that such a system would be evil. But it’s definitely not what President Barack Obama or any other Democrat has proposed.”
Palin pointed out, though, that when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) was asked whether the ultimate goal was to get the country on single-payer healthcare, he replied, “Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.'”
She also noted that on June 30, 2013, President Barack Obama also declared that he wanted a single-payer system, saying, “I happen to be a proponent of a single-payer health care plan.”
Palin said she had the media’s sticky “Lie of the Year” label on her back that the Orwellian Left and the “squishy” right used to denounce her and “commonsense conservatives” as those who “just don’t know what we’re talking about.” But now they are seeing the light.
“I love this American Awakening when finally more voters can’t say they weren’t warned,” Palin wrote. “But the truth stares us in the face and pocketbook, especially as we see the unworkable Obamacare.”
Palin mentioned that Eric Shinseki, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, said he was “mad as hell” at the secret waiting lists but has refused to resign. She indicated that this was par for the course in Obama’s administration. Referring the IRS’s targeting of conservatives, Palin mentioned that “we’ve seen how Obama merely gives lip service to his bureaucrats ‘investigating’ his bureaucracy” and told Americans to not be “surprised if he finds nothing wrong in the government’s VA health system – ‘NOT EVEN A SMIDGEN'”