Sarah Palin Blasts Obamacare, Demurs on 2012 Campaign

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 25, 2011   |   11:38AM   |   Washington, DC

Sarah Palin doesn’t have any kind words for Obamacare this week as the controversial abortion-funding and rationing law marks its one-year anniversary. The former governor also commented anew on whether she will run for president.

Palin appeared on Fox News yesterday and talked about her concerns about the Obamacare law — saying she hopes it will be overturned in court or repealed by Congress.

“I think a year later, no, it’s less popular than ever,” she said. “And remember Pelosi saying, You got to pass it and then we’ll find out what’s in it. Well, now, a year later, we’re starting to find out what’s in it, and I think people are even more and more hesitant to embrace this job-killing, $3 trillion dollar, unaffordable overreach of a government program.”

“I — and look at all the people who were elected, Greta, in these midterms in November, and they campaigned on repealing “Obamacare,” she told host Greta Van Susteren.

Noting that the House approved the repeal but the Senate rejected it, Palin said, “now it’s the Senate’s turn to do something about this and not just kind of be namby-pamby about “Oh, you know, fixing some of the things that” — no! Just repeal the thing. The American public has said, Get rid of it.

“You’re going to find in 2012, people are going to get elected again on the idea of the promise of repealing “Obamacare.” They know it’s killing jobs. They know that premiums are going up. They know it doesn’t fix any problem, and they know that we were not told the truth by the White House as it pertained to information, facts, numbers that have to do with “Obamacare.” We were told that it was going to reduce premiums. We were going to told — be told that, no, overall, this is going to help provide more health care coverage,” Palin continued. “And not only is “Obamacare” unconstitutional, and that’s going to be proven in the courts, but Greta, a thousand waivers that have given — been given to friends, I’m going to call them, teacher’s pets, by the Obama administration.”

Meanwhile, Palin said she is “still not going to close the door, at this time” when asked about a potential presidential campaign, adding she is “still thinking about it.”

“Is it a little farther open?” Van Susteren asked. “It’s about the same,” Palin responded.

But Palin made one comment that makes it appear she could be giving herself an out for 2012.

“Greta, you don’t need a title, you don’t need an office to make a difference — I’m proof of that,” she said. “So If I were to choose not to run, at this stage of my life, then.”

Asked if she was “tempted” to run, Palin added: “Yeah, I’m tempted to, because I’m still wondering who the heck is going to be out there with a servant’s heart — willing to serve the American people for the right reason. Not for ego, not for special interests, not with excessive partisanship that’s going to get in the way, of playing these games, just do what’s right to get the economy back on the right track and to strengthen national security.”

“I’m waiting to see: who else is out there who’s willing to do this,” she concluded.