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Sarah Palin: More Gov't Won't Solve Healthcare Problem

Wednesday, 09 Sep 2009 02:25 AM

By Kenneth D. Williams

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is again blasting the Democrats healthcare proposal, this time in an editorial for The Wall Street Journal.

Palin's opinion piece was posted Tuesday on the newspaper's Web site, a day ahead of President Barack Obama's address to Congress on healthcare.

She writes, "Our current healthcare system too often burdens individuals and businesses — particularly small businesses — with crippling expenses. And we know that allowing government healthcare spending to continue at current rates will only add to our ever-expanding deficit.

"How can we ensure that those who need medical care receive it while also reducing healthcare costs? The answers offered by Democrats in Washington all rest on one principle: that increased government involvement can solve the problem. I fundamentally disagree."

The former Republican vice presidential candidate says "common sense tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide healthcare system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy."

She also reiterated her claim that so-called death panels would make end-of-life decisions, writing that Obama has "asked Congress to create an Independent Medicare Advisory Council . . . In an interview with The New York Times in April, the president suggested that such a group, working outside of "normal political channels," should guide decisions regarding that "huge driver of cost . . . the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives . . .

"Given such statements, is it any wonder that many of the sick and elderly are concerned that the Democrats' proposals will ultimately lead to rationing of their healthcare by — dare I say it — death panels?"

She suggests options including equalizing tax breaks for people who do or do not get benefits through employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers to buy their own coverage and reforming tort laws.

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