Palin continues Facebook attacks on healthcare

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) kept up her Facebook attacks on the White House healthcare reform bill Friday, praising a Senate committee’s decision to drop an end-of-life provision.

She also singled out for criticism a proposal by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, an adviser to the president and brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, that she suggested could limit medical resources to elderly patients or those with “less economic potential.”

“It's gratifying that the voice of the people is getting through to Congress,” Palin said of the Senate Finance Committee's decision to drop end-of-life consultations from its health bill.

“However, that provision was not the only disturbing detail in this legislation; it was just one of the more obvious ones,” Palin added in the new note on her Facebook page posted early Friday morning.

Palin alleged that Emanuel would advocate a “Complete Lives System,” which, “if enacted, would refuse to allocate medical resources to the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled who have less economic potential.”

Palin said President Barack Obama should answer questions about the theory, and termed his silence on the issue troubling.

“Why the silence from the president on this aspect of his nationalization of health care? Does he agree with the ‘Complete Lives System?’” Palin asked. “If not, then why is Dr. Emanuel his policy advisor? What is he advising the president on?”

Palin has repeatedly attacked the president’s healthcare reform proposals over the last week, a little more than a month since she announced her resignation as Alaska’s governor.

She first derided the voluntary end-of-life consultations in a House healthcare reform bill as “death panels” that could force euthanasia on the elderly. Palin also suggested the panel could decide to force euthanasia on her own Down Syndrome baby.

The White House, independent observers and even some Republicans have criticized Palin for the remarks, saying they are false.  Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), who has worked to expand Medicare coverage of end of life consultations, described the death panel suggestions as “nuts.”

Since then, Palin, who some think may run for president in 2012, has written twice more on Facebook about the issue.

“We must stop and think or we may find ourselves losing even more of our freedoms," she wrote Friday.