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Palin 'effects change' - one tweet at a time

Her Friday post on Facebook, which called Obama's healthcare plan 'evil,' has thrown her back into the national conversation.

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Sarah Palin said she resigned as Alaska governor last month so that she might “effect change” from outside of government.

She is already stirring the pot.

On Friday, she stepped squarely into the national debate on healthcare reform.

Writing on her Facebook account, she said that under President Obama’s version of healthcare, her son, Trig, who has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, would “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."

She called the plan "downright evil."

Only she and her closest confidants will know if this is how she sought to “effect change” – though a few keystrokes and web post. But there is little doubt that it has again put her in the national conversation.

On Sunday, the two panelists of ABC’s “This Week” were asked to respond to Ms. Palin’s comments.

Predictably, former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, a doctor, dismissed the claim as delusional. Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich said “turning power over to the government” could lead to “selective standards” and euthanasia.

The debate Sunday was the latest twist of an increasingly frequent Republican attack: that the so-called government option that Mr. Obama favors would give government bureaucrats the ability to deny treatment, thereby effectively condemning some people diagnosed with certain conditions to death, they say.

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