Thank you, Sarah Palin.
Let me just say that I am not a big fan of Sarah Palin. I do not think she possesses the knowledge to be President. My hope would be, if she desires to be President, that she spend quite a bit of time reading and learning.
She spoke out about the current health care debate in a facebook post that did nothing but ramp up outrage among Americans on both sides. The post was as follows:
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.
She has now written a new facebook post, which is the type of comment I have been waiting to read from any prominent Republican. Her post contained the following:
There are many disturbing details in the current bill that Washington is trying to rush through Congress, but we must stick to a discussion of the issues and not get sidetracked by tactics that can be accused of leading to intimidation or harassment. Such tactics diminish our nation’s civil discourse which we need now more than ever because the fine print in this outrageous health care proposal must be understood clearly and not get lost in conscientious voters’ passion to want to make elected officials hear what we are saying. Let’s not give the proponents of nationalized health care any reason to criticize us.
I believe in some form of universal health care. I believe insurance companies only accepting people without any pre-existing conditions is wrong. I believe profiting off sick people in general is wrong. I believe everyone needs and deserves health care. So, I believe we need substantial health care reform. I believe we need some kind of surgery to fix the problem over a band-aid approach that will need to be dealt with again years down the road.
If people have issues with the health care reform making its way through Congress then that needs to be debated, but it has to be done in a “civilized” manner. The current outrage that individuals are displaying at town hall meetings is not the way to solve the serious issues that we face. Things like screaming so that attendees can’t even hear the speakers are not the proper way to debate and get your point across. I fear that the town hall meetings are only going to get more violent. Because of this, I thank Sarah Palin for saying what should be common sense in that we need to act “civilized” as we debate health care reform.