Sarah Palin, Advance Directive Advocate

Sarah Palin, Advance Care Directive Advocate

While ex-Governor Sarah Palin want you to believe that Advance Care Directives are the work of the Devil and Grandma-murdering Trig-killers, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was for them. 

Perhaps Mrs. Palin has forgotten, what with the many documents she produced during her many weeks as Governor, but she signed an order and officially proclaimed a “Healthcare Decisions Day”:

… designed to raise public awareness of the need to plan ahead for healthcare decisions, related to end of life care and medical decision-making whenever patients are unable to speak for themselves and to encourage the specific use of advance directives to communicate these important healthcare decisions.

Governor Palin  reminded citizens that “Alaska Statute 13.52 provides the specifics of the advance directives law and offers a model form for patient use.” Indeed, similar laws exist in every state and the District of Columbia, and no one — certainly not Sarah Palin — has called them euthanasia before now.

For some reason the proclamation has just been removed from the Alaska Governor’s website, but it has been rescued by Lee Fang of Think Progress for the edification of Palin-watchers. Perhaps Mrs. Palin herself should take a moment out from Twitter and Facebook to read her own proclamation; it’s a good one.


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3 Responses to “Sarah Palin, Advance Directive Advocate”

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  2. Shawn Seneca Says:

    Palin’s Health Day is vastly different than Obama’s in the house bill.
    NO ONE says that planning for the inevitable is something to ignore.
    The Palin and Gringrich’s approach leaves NO way for the goverment or in no way aids insurances companies to RATION care.
    Palin’s directive is 100 percent volunteer and merely a reminder to the PATIENTS and their DOCTORS. NO mandates of who gets what services, or for how long, or in what order.

  3. Mike Licht Says:

    Shawn Seneca wrote: Palin’s directive is 100 percent volunteer

    So is that of HR 3200. It merely permits doctors to be paid for this important service under Medicare.

    NO mandates

    Mrs. Palin’s repeated false assertion that there are mandates for Advanced Care Planning in HR 3200, parroted here by you, has been rated by Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact as a blatant falsehood. Or perhaps you refer to Mrs. Palin’s “Death Panel” claims, described by PolitiFact as a “Sci-fi scenario not based in reality” and awarded a “Pants On Fire” rating.

    Of course, you could always read the bill ….

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