Sarah Palin and the Dominoes of Health Care Reform

2009 October 18
by INC

Toppling dominoes is fun. It’s fascinating to plan and set up an elaborate line that curves and weaves across the floor, carefully placing each small block to make sure that when the first one is finally nudged over, it starts the momentum that makes all of the rest eventually fall. The havoc is short lived and easily remedied, and when you’re finished you can always put the dominoes back in the box.

Government programs are frequently the lead domino in a row of cause and effect.  Sometimes they’re implemented with less recognition of consequences than you plan for when you begin to set up dominoes on your dining room table.


With Saturday’s Facebook Note, Good Intentions Aren’t Enough with Health Care Reform, Governor Palin points out some of the dominoes that health care reform will topple.  She first highlights a few of the problems with the non-Baucus bill of the Senate Finance Committee (Please remember as William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection wrote, THERE IS NO BAUCUS BILL. She is responding to the “concepts” of the Committee.) and warns:

Unintended consequences always result from top-down big government plans like the current health care proposals, and we can’t afford to ignore that fact again.

She outlines some of the consequences set up by the non-Baucus bill, mentioning higher health insurance costs and lower wages and states:

The Senate Finance bill is effectively a middle class tax increase, and as Holtz-Eakin points out, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation those making less than $200,000 will be hit hardest.  [6]

She documents the numerous broken promises of President Obama regarding (1) the Stimulus Plan, (2) his pledge of no closed-door meetings with health care lobbyists and (3) his refusal to sign any non-emergency bills before they have been posted on the web for five days, providing opportunity for public review and comment.

Just in case they didn’t get the message the first time, she reminds the Senate Finance Committee that real money can be saved by tort reform before she wryly concludes:

Here’s a novel idea. Instead of working contrary to the free market, let’s embrace the free market. Instead of going to war with certain private sector companies, let’s embrace real private-sector competition and allow consumers to purchase plans across state lines. Instead of taxing the so-called “Cadillac” plans that people get through their employers, let’s give individuals who purchase their own health care the same tax benefits we currently give employer-provided health care recipients. Instead of crippling Medicare, let’s reform it by providing recipients with vouchers so that they can purchase their own coverage.

Now is the time to make your voices heard before it’s too late. If we don’t fight for the market-oriented, patient-centered, and result-driven reform plan that we deserve, we’ll be left with the disastrous unintended consequences of the plans currently being cooked up in Washington.

Sarah Palin is warning this is one domino row that shouldn’t be toppled.

Crossposted to J’s Cafe Nette and RedState Member Diaries.

H/T:  Hot Air, Sarah Palin Facebook Notes, Legal Insurrection, Rogue Doe Cartoon: used by permission.

28 Responses leave one →
  1. 2009 October 18 6:57 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    Well, this proves one thing and one thing only about Sarah, and you know what that is….

  2. 2009 October 18 6:57 pm
    rightwingyahoo permalink

    well, it proves two things, just ask Norm Ornstein….

  3. 2009 October 18 7:00 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Meanwhile John McCain and his pet lapdog Lucy Graham are busy attacking conservatives and Newt is busy backing Dede in NY-23. It’s amazing how little these three clowns have done to fight ObamaCare.

  4. 2009 October 18 7:01 pm
    INC permalink

    Norm just wanted his 15 minutes of fame by criticizing Sarah.

  5. 2009 October 18 7:07 pm
    INC permalink

    bc, just think of what might be happening if all of those guys (and a few others) were out there speaking against ObamaCare.

  6. 2009 October 18 7:09 pm
    gnqanq permalink

    bc3b – just proves what the russians use to say that there was no difference between the democrats & republicans. Just proves it more and more.

  7. 2009 October 18 7:19 pm
    mulletover permalink

    Sarah Palin is a visionary.

    Think about it. She had the governorship of Alaska and all the attendant responsibilities, the distraction of her detractors, and family responsibilities, yet she saw through all that to put herself in a very remarkable position.

    Now, she has a best selling book about to launch. The honorariums for her speeches are approaching ex-presidential levels. She has a facebook following of national proportions. And though it is not generally discussed, she is putting together a very effective organization for future pursuits. This cannot be underestimated or undervalued.

    All this in about five months. Remarkable!

    I see great things coming from Governor Palin. The timetable may be indeterminate, but the outcome is becoming much more clear.

    She is definitely a force to be reckoned with both by the Obama administration and the old line GOP.

  8. 2009 October 18 7:22 pm
    justrand permalink

    mullet, I am VERY encouraged by your synopsis.

    I envision her being the 800 pound gorilla in a lot of races next year…to the horror of the Dems and the chagrin of the Repubs!

    She may well cobble together sufficient strength to move the Repubs back from the ledge they seem determined to leap from!

  9. 2009 October 18 7:25 pm
    mulletover permalink

    JR, Tina Fey is looking like a very small and insignificant figure compared to the ascendancy of Sarah Palin.

    Life has its paybacks.

  10. 2009 October 18 7:31 pm

    btw what’s this new organization she’s starting is it just a pac or something more, or do we not know yet? (heard a blurb on greta or elsewhere on fox somewhere this week)

  11. 2009 October 18 7:38 pm
    INC permalink

    mullet, at Sarah’s Facebook someone wrote that today’s the one year anniversary of Sarah’s appearance on SNL.

    KH, all I know is what I read on Hot Air last week:

    WSJ: Palin to launch new political group

  12. 2009 October 18 7:38 pm
    INC permalink

    BTW, Sarah also wishes a Happy Alaska Day!

    Today in 1867, the US flag flew over Fort Sitka for the first time. “Seward’s Folly” indeed!

  13. 2009 October 18 7:40 pm
    mulletover permalink

    INC, you have a great sense of history.

  14. 2009 October 18 7:48 pm
    INC permalink

    No, I stumbled across the anniversary earlier today when I was writing this post. Sarah put the greeting up tonight.

    Before Sarah Palin, I’m afraid my Alaskan history was limited to Louis L’Amour’s Sitka and a few minor novels set there.

    (But let me put in a plug for good historical novels. The best ones really take you into the times.).

  15. 2009 October 18 10:13 pm

    Tears of Joy.

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Alpha Papa) – Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sunday urged his followers not to become complacent by President Barack Obama’s election and to work to repair communities.

    The 76-year-old Nation of Islam leader said in a speech commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Million Man March that people shouldn’t become pacified by the election of the first black president.

    More like the “thousands man march” you know using there own standards.

  16. 2009 October 19 12:56 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    While this on the balance is positive in that Palin attacks several of the Democrat/Obama takeover plan, I am fairly uninpressed in that she doesnt do much to stand up for our Individual Liberties and Freedoms.

    She evidently seems to have not much of a problem with the Federal Government dictating you BUY private health insurance as a condition of LIVING in the US! This is clearly unconstitutional and a HUGE ceding of power to the state!

    I could give a rats tail if the “fines” are enough to force all the Youts to buy health insurance so the scheme is “workable” – thats beside the point.

    Plus, you are a fool if you think any scheme that relies on government force in place of free market principle would EVER be workable!

    And of course its beyond naive to acknowlede “good intentions” by those pimping this change, we know full and well its designed to be unworkable by the left as their state goal for the outset of the so-called “reform” was to force a single-payer system on the country in 5 to 10 years!

    In light of the PWC report, lets not forget that for months on end the Health Insurance lobby was colluding with the enemy in the WH to take away our liberties and advocated the use of FORCE to make us buy there product.

    I care about having a truly free market in health care and health insurance, not simply about helping the Insurance companies get fines up enough in an already Unconstitutional law to keep them profitable.

    Until they renounce the Individual Mandate provision, they are not to be trusted any more then Reid, Pelosi, etc as this all could be nothing but political theater to throw us off track.

    A government takeover is still result of a plan without a government option entitlement – we need to keep the focus on the Individual Mandate and insist that the Health Insurance lobby also drop this requirement a condition for our support.

    Yes, I understand that private Health Insurance is threatened without the Individual Mandate because of the “preexsisting condition” and “community rating” mandates. However, that is their own lobbiests putting them into that box with backdoor deals with a dishonest WH (it was always the lefts intent to destroy Private Health Insurance, any fool could see thatt). We are obligated to fight for our Individual Liberties and the concept of a Free Market/Private Health Insurance. However, we are under NO obligation to defend the creation of a quasi-government monopoly under the guise of supposedly private Health Insurance.

    Isnt this the kind of government/business/union corruption we are all enraged about?

    Here is a great NRO blog that sums up the situation:

    “AHIP/PriceWaterhouse Blowback? [John R. Graham]

    Full disclosure (in the spirit of James C. Capretta): I don’t do consulting work for private health insurers, and I doubt they’d have me. I share Benjamin Zycher’s frustration with the various corporate interests, including AHIP (the health-insurers’ trade association), which have managed to get the enemy (government) “exactly where they want us,” with their eager appeasement of the ruling faction.

    All intellectual capitalists since Adam Smith have known that we cannot rely on business to carry our philosophical water for us, but even I’m amazed that AHIP has waited so long to release a report (so ably summarized by Mr. Capretta), that describes how the Baucus memorandum (it’s not a “bill”) will destroy Americans’ access to private health care. Indeed, they waited so long that the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report has revived the so-called “public option.”

    The health insurers have become so committed to the idea of the federal government ordering people to buy health insurance, that the media and most laypeople are convinced that the “public option” is the only way to prevent insurers from gouging beneficiaries.

    The government is not going to change tack as long as the corporate interests are encouraging it to assume greater power over Americans’ access to medical services. Instead, it’s time for AHIP to change tack, abandon the ill-founded notion of mandatory health insurance, and adopt a policy advocating individual choice and responsibility.”

    I would make too much of this supposed “treachery” the health insurance lobby and the various Obama/Democrats threats on anti-trust etc. I think this all more “political theater” for the masses….

    Until such time as the Health Insruance lobby drops their call for the Unconstitutional Individual Mandate, they only have themselves to blame for cutting deals with devils….

    I think this is all just show to keep the far left appeased that they are “fighting” evil big health insurance and will have a “fall guy” to blame when the government option is dropped as negotiated….

    It also keeps Republican and Conservatives tied to unconditionally supporting the health insurance lobby – which is not good politically nor something we should do until they renounce the WHOLE backroom deal and OPPOSE THE INDIVIDUAL MANDATE!

  17. 2009 October 19 6:19 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Knighthawk, Sarah’s new organization is going to be called ‘Stand up For America’ according to C4P. There were not many speciifcs available but it sounds like it might be the kind of thing we are all hoping for i.e. a way to tie together all the forces we can against liberals and rinos.

  18. 2009 October 19 6:31 am
    brucefdb permalink

    Speaking of C4P and Sarah here are excerpts from a great commentary by Jeanette Pryor.

    I am with her, it is Sarah or bust for me….no more of these NE educated beltway approved arrogant dudes for me.

    There has only been one good president in my lifetime and guess where he got his degree? Eureka College. Nope, it aint Ivy League and he wasnt a lawyer.

  19. 2009 October 19 6:37 am
    drdog09 permalink

  20. 2009 October 19 7:17 am

    Obama just did something to please the left, and it’s one of the first things he’s done that I actually agree with.

    “WASHINGTON () – Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.

    Two Justice Department officials described the new policy to The Associated Press, saying prosecutors will be told it is not a good use of their time to arrest people who use or provide medical marijuana in strict compliance with state law.

    The guidelines to be issued by the department do, however, make it clear that agents will go after people whose marijuana distribution goes beyond what is permitted under state law or use medical marijuana as a cover for other crimes, the officials said.

    Not I expect many to agree with me on this, but never let it be said I didn’t approve of at least one move by this president. lol.

  21. 2009 October 19 7:35 am
    drdog09 permalink


    I am split.

    A) If there is a law on the books then it needs to be enforced with equal volition to all other laws. Otherwise a move should be made to repeal it. But it is not the President’s choice to pick and choose the laws that he directs to enforce. Taken to its ends that leads to Monarchy.
    B) Regardless of my view on A, the war on drugs was lost two decades ago. It is senseless to continue to combat it. I would change the classifications to a equivalent of alcohol. Then provide laws for family intervention measures for addiction. That’s where the rubber meets the road on these issues anyway.

  22. 2009 October 19 8:16 am

    I actually agree with you in general, however who could trust Obama to actually get it done the right way? Everything he touches turns to chit.

    “I would change the classifications to a equivalent of alcohol.”

    Yes I would have the FDA do this re-classification as well, however just ordering the FDA to do that would be a bit abusive no? He’s at least have to have them jimmy up a study, or stop suppressing existing ones that don’t show the need for class III ( I think it is) classification. Course then the dipchits in congress could just threaten funding unless it remains class III. So I guess ultimately the end run is just kill off prosecutions for a couple years and maybe get the breathing space to address it properly later. Now that’s probably not what bambi is thinking (he’s just trying to buy good will), but that might be what I’d be thinking if him and focused on bigger battles atm.

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