"So I have new questions for the president: Why no legal reform? Why continue to encourage defensive medicine that wastes billions of dollars and does nothing for the patients? Do you want health care reform to benefit trial attorneys or patients?
"Many states, including my own state of Alaska, have enacted caps on lawsuit awards against health care providers. Texas enacted caps and found that one county’s medical malpractice claims dropped 41 percent, and another study found a “55 percent decline” after reform measures were passed.  That’s one step in health care reform."
You might almost call it step one. There's much more to the note, including some frank words about being target of frivolous lawsuits herself. Now, tort reform may be an obvious point to most of us, and Palin's use of "Death Panels" as a term has been roundly criticized as hyperbolic. Still, even Charles Krauthammer, in admonishing her, allows that there was a there there in Section 1233 of H.R. 3200: "It's not an outrage. It's surely not a death panel. But it is subtle pressure applied by society through your doctor. And when you include it in a health-care reform whose major objective is to bend the cost curve downward, you have to be a fool or a knave to deny that it's intended to gently point the patient in a certain direction, toward the corner of the sickroom where stands a ghostly figure, scythe in hand, offering release."
When it comes to meta-messaging, Sarah Palin knows how to connect. She isn't afraid of big ideas or powerful words because she talks directly to people as one of them, sort of like a political Bruce Springsteen, but without all the mansions and cars and stuff. Here's hoping she can push tort reform up in the public debate as well. At the very least, when she speaks on these issues she makes more people aware of them, and for that she deserves thanks.Update
: Did I mention she's on Facebook? Check out this graphic.
Joseph Russo at Conservatives4Palin doesn't like Krauthammer's tone..."I may be repeating myself on this, but Governor Palin never said that a specifically named "Death Panel" existed in Obamacare. She clearly made the point that such a government entity would be the natural result of a government run, rationed health care system. In fact, "Death Panels" appeared in quotations in her very first Facebook note on the subject, signifying that it was being used as a metaphor.
"The Senate even went so far as to take out any language that could be remotely connected to a "death panel."
Guys, guys... "leave the room" may have been harsh, but I like to think Krauthammer was simply acknowledging the mania and vitriol Palin evinces in some of the people he was trying to include in his 'reasoned discussion.' But then, that's probably because I really like Charles Krauthammer and I know he's smarter than I. That the discussion is happening at all may be largely due to the very phrase he criticizes. And that's part of why I love Sarah Palin.
Palin, the ultimate survivor of the Alynskian whack-a-mole played by the Democrats which Andrew Breitbart discussed with Hugh on yesterday's show, today issued the following note (through Facebook) on health care "reform", or, as they should really call it, reformation.