Palin Ignites Buzz on Obamacare, Just Sayin’


Sarah Palin

By Becky Hogan

Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted a new video to her YouTube, Twitter and Facebook accounts on Monday called “Just Sayin’.” The video features clips of the media talking about Palin’s warning about “death panels” under the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, starting that Palin was right all along.

Palin posted the video to Facebook with the message, “Enough of this foreign fiasco distraction. Get back to work. It is time to bomb Obamacare.”

The video seems to be Palin’s latest attempt to get the conversation about Obamacare back on the radar ahead of President Obama’s public address on Syria.

In the two days since the video was posted online, Palin has racked up a ton on buzz on Twitter and Facebook—not to mention 108,249 views of the video on YouTube:

  • 1,040 new Twitter Followers
  • 6,390 Likes on her Facebook page
  • 268,518 Facebook Talked Abouts

There’s no question that the national conversation on Syria has supplanted any conversation about repealing Obamacare.

The TrendPo rankings show that the Affordable Care Act was gaining a lot of momentum in August, while Tea Party Republicans led “Defund Obamacare” efforts during the August recess.

Defund Obamacare Efforts Gain Steam

But if there’s anyone who can change the conversation quickly, it’s probably Sarah Palin.  Ironically, her latest video seems to be as much an attempt to show she’s been vindicated on her death panel theory as it is a celebration of the media attention she’s drawn for the comment.

We should note, the Affordable Care Act has seen a slight jump in the rankings since she posted the video.

Looking at Sarah Palin’s national media attention compared to news about the Affordable Care Act over the past month, there’s been a clear correlation in upticks of news mentions on Palin and mentions of Obamacare.

Palin's Media Attention

The video comes after a recent wave of Democrats who have signed on to her death panel theory. The term “death panel” refers to the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a government panel that can determine some Medicare payments rates.  Palin has stated that the Advisory Board will be able to decide who receives care versus who does not.

According to The Hill, vulnerable Democrats signed on to bills repealing the board’s powers, including Senator Mark Pryor and Representatives Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick, Kyrsten Sinema,  and Elizabeth Esty.

While Palin has always been a critic of the new health care law, she officially signed on to the ‘Defund Obamacare’ movement in late August.  And since that time she’s seen a flood of support on social media.

Palin's August Gains

But it appears this is just the beginning of Palin’s rabble-rousing on the issue.  The video ends with the words “to be continued…sadly.”

We’ll keep watching to see how Palin uses social media to call for Obamcare’s demise.

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