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11/09/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Palin WSJ Editorial Amplifies "Death Panel" Claim

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is again blasting the Democrats health care proposal, this time in an editorial for the Wall Street Journal.

Palin's opinion piece was posted Tuesday on the newspaper's Web site, a day ahead of President Barack Obama's address to Congress on health care.

The former Republican vice presidential candidate says "common sense tells us that a top-down, one-size-fits-all plan will not improve the workings of a nationwide health care system that accounts for one-sixth of our economy."

She also reiterated her claim that so-called death panels would make end-of-life decisions, a notion that has been widely discredited.

She suggests options including equalizing tax breaks for people who do or do not get benefits through employers; providing Medicare recipients with vouchers to buy their own coverage and reforming tort laws.

As Marc Amninder writes, the column seems timed to create an "Obama v. Palin" frame.

But Palin's existence in this debate does not (a) lend her voice any credibility and, beyond that, even if you believe that her experience as a state governor does give her at least a modicum of credibility, it does not follow that, because her voice is credible, it ought to be influential ... There are many Republican, conservative health care spokespeople who have earned the right to speak for their party's principals, and, truth be told, can recite the talking points (complete with Ronald Reagan quote) better than Palin and her writer can.

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