Skip to comments.Sarah Palin And Diaz Sr. - A Political Odd Couple On Health Care
Posted on 08/19/2009 7:05:28 AM PDT by Al B.
As former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to stand by her "death panels" attack on President Obama's health care plan, she has found an unusual ally in Sen. Ruben Diaz Sr.
In a message on her Facebook page, Palin quoted the conservative Bronx Democrat as she sought to push back against Obama's statement about the "rumor" that the House had voted in favor of panels that "will basically pull the plug on grandma."
"Is this all just a rumor to be disposed of, as President Obama says?" Palin asked. "Not according to Democratic New York State Senator Ruben Diaz, Chairman of the New York State Senate Aging Committee, who writes:
"Section 1233 of House Resolution 3200 puts our senior citizens on a slippery slope and may diminish respect for the inherent dignity of each of their lives....It is egregious to consider that any senior citizen...should be placed in a situation where he or she would feel pressured to save the government money by dying a little sooner than he or she otherwise would, be required to be counseled about the supposed benefits of killing oneself, or be encouraged to sign any end of life directives that they would not otherwise sign."
Palin is quoting from a letter Diaz Sr. sent last month to California Rep. Henry Waxman, a key figure in the health care debate, which is posted on the senator's Web site.
I reached Diaz Sr. this afternoon and asked whether he knows or has been in touch with Palin. No, he said, but he has been in contact with her office. He also hopes to invite her to a health care hearing he plans to hold at 250 Broadway on Sept. 8.
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Reading some of the comments there... Ironic how Democrats don’t believe Seniors are capable of pushing the right button on a ballot (as in the 2000 election), but they trust in their ability to withstand the pressure in “consultations” on “end of life”.