Palin Family Could Apply for Free Federal Health Care

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Tuesday, October 07, 2008 at 7:00 pm

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — When Gov. Sarah Palin said during the vice presidential debate Thursday that her family has gone through periods where they’ve been uninsured and she understands what it’s like for Americans “to sit around the kitchen table and try to figure out how are they going to pay out-of-pocket for health care,” she forgot to mention something.

Unlike the vast majority of Americans, her husband and children had a good chance of qualifying for free, federally funded, comprehensive health care under a program of the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service.

The governor’s husband, Todd Palin, traces his Yup’ik ancestry to his maternal grandmother. Sarah Palin routinely mentions her husband’s background at public appearances, and did this regularly when she ran for governor in 2006. At the time, the issue painted her in a positive light with the Native Alaskan voting bloc.

Todd is a lifelong fisherman. Bristol Bay fishing rights must be bought or inherited in Alaska. In Palin’s case, he says he bought his fishing spot from his grandfather in the 1970s. He also inherited shares in two native Alaska corporations. These shares can only be passed from one blood relative to another. Private citizens cannot purchase them.

Todd Palin’s ancestry grants another plus — it makes him and his children eligible to apply for free government health care.

To qualify for the state-based, federally funded program, Alaska Area Native Health Service, residents must provide proof of ancestry. Cecile Wesley, the director of eligibility at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, told me in an interview that one way of establishing ancestry requirements is to present a shareholder card for one of four Alaska native corporations that list “blood quantum” — the carrier’s percentage of “Indian blood.”

“[Alaska Native Medical Center] does not have a blood quantum requirement,” said Wesley, when I asked what percentage of native blood a resident must have in order to receive the healthcare.

One corporation that issues cards with the blood quantum requirement is the Bristol Bay Native Corp. According to public disclosure forms Sarah Palin filed with the state of Alaska, her husband and their children are BBNC shareholders. Palin’s disclosure form is available here.

Todd Palin and the Palin children are also a shareholders in another Native corporation, Choggiung Ltd.

Wesley said that the Bristol Bay cards have been updated in recent years to include the blood quantum. Older cards would not have been accepted. In that case, the Palins would have had to establish proof of ancestry through the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, or by presenting a membership card in a federally approved tribe.

Like Alaska, the Bureau of Indian Affairs does not set a blood quantum requirement for establishing native ancestry.

Multiple requests for comment from the McCain-Palin campaign were not immediately answered.

It’s unclear whether the Palin’s ever used the native health-service program. But, it’s likely that the family had a better option than “paying out-of-pocket” for health-care coverage.

*Note: This post was originally published at 5:00am Eastern. The time stamp was changed so it would remain on the TWI homepage.

Comments

24 Comments

chrysalis
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 2:19 am

This woman is a serious pathological liar with no conscience.


tuffcookie
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 9:55 am

why am i not surprised


DS
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 10:02 am

Another day, another lie from this pathological liar.


JW
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 10:08 am

Apparently they are worried that their health insurance would drop Bristol if she and her teenage boyfriend actully bothered to get married BEFORE she has her baby. Like so many unwed pregnant teens, the choices are 1) have an illegitmate child on your parents' insurance or 2) have a legitimate child with either no insurance or medicaid.


Kim
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 10:19 am

3) Have a legal abortion which is also still a choice in this country.


Chuckewe
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 10:44 am

How surprising, life long Social medicine recipient McCain chooses another social medicine recipient, thus making it easy to keep from feeling the real financial pain those of us who pay the legal racketeers in the for profit health care insurance protection scheme to continue to shill for what is little more than a legalized “protection racket” that demands your payment every month, but does squat for you.


lilybart
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 10:55 am

She also had a husband with a union job at BP, so great insurance there.

Nothing she says is true.


JB
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:02 am

If you support Barack Obama and Joe Biden and you are tired of all of the republican lies, smear capaigns and want the truth visit. There is detailed information on the Keating 5, McSames record, Palin and the Alaskan Independence Party, Palin and the witch doctor (seriously) and much much more.

http://www.republicansareliars.com


Susan
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:06 am

Another Republican who covertly uses the system but calls it “welfare” or “handouts' for anyone else. Calls Obama a socialist when all he wants to do is ensure 44 million Americans have access to healthcare like the Palin family. Makes me sick to my stomach. Bristol's baby will be paid for too. Palin has proved she's another GOP liar. Send this woman packing back to AK.


justobserve
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:21 am

Palin has proved time and again that she is a pathological liar through and through. Palin has a talent of telling lies without blinking. McCAIN-2008: FIGHTING AGAINST McCAIN-2000. PALIN: PROMISED OPENNESS BUT SECRETIVE IN GOVERNMENT. GAMBLE OUR COUNTRY WITH TWO DIVISIVE, RECKLESS MAVERICKS IN THE WHITE HOUSE?
10/7/2008 11:26:28 AM


Tre
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:29 am

I'm glad to see that other folks think Sarah Palin is a pathological liar. The question is, how do we get this word out to the uncommitted voters? Not only is she a pathological liar, she is just plain out and out a sociopath. No one with a social conscience would be playing the dirty politics of the past weekend, spouting racial and political untruths that incite fanatical devotees to riot – and believe me, it's getting to that. When a black cameraman is jibed by the crowd for just doing his job, that's a sure sign that if this woman keeps up with her poisonous agenda, the riots will follow, of a magnitude we haven't seen since the days of George Wallace. McCain's political greed and ambition linked with lack of good judgement that allowed him to name this power-hungry monster as his running mate have already begun to visit ruin on our country, regardless of whether they are elected or not. I can only hope that enough voters are clear-minded enough to see the truth and keep these two imposters out of the White House.


4/4 Navajo
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:52 am

Yeah… health care that tells you to go home and let your immune system handle your aches and pains… If that dont work, then they tell you to goto Wal-Mart and purchase tylenol. My nephew went to an IHS Hospital to get his wisdom tooth removed and ended up losing both his kidneys… Thats what federal health care is.


Nikki Hodges
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:53 am

Goes to show what a LIAR the Gov is! She can't tell the truth on anything! She's a zillion times worse than Cheney! This empty headed, lying woman wants to be POTUS! Help us all if that should happen!


wyamarus
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:55 am

Isn't this the same person who has reportedly referred to the Inuit as 'Arctic Arabs' when she called them 'whiners' about protesting the destruction of their homes, hunting, fishing, and environment by Big Oil intent on drilling, strip mining, or running a pipeline through the last habitable wild spaces on the planet? The same 'Big Oil' she supports pillaging ANWAR? I guess she and the First Dude are pretty well set, whether they get free medical care or not. I guess 'fishing' pays a lot better in Alaska then it does in the lower 48, especially when you are married to the Governor.


NIKZ
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 11:56 am

Goes to show what a LIAR the Gov is! She can't tell the truth on anything! She's a zillion times worse than Cheney! This empty headed, lying woman wants to be POTUS! Help us all if that should happen!


kristina221
Comment posted October 7, 2008 @ 2:17 pm

Right, but if she gets elected, it won't be a choice for long.


NDN_Woman
Comment posted October 9, 2008 @ 4:00 pm

I would be appalled to find out that the Palins use the Indian Health Service with the income they have. So many Native people are in dire need of medical care and do not have private insurance to treat their medical needs. Todd Palin is 1/8 Yup'ik plus more Native? So, he and his children could qualify for IHS even though he has an outrageous income compared to other Native people. Shame on the Palins for abusing the IHS if they have used, abused the IHS system!


NDN_Woman
Comment posted October 9, 2008 @ 4:10 pm

A big Giant YEAH! The IHS in Phoenix is a big bureaucracy. The halls smells, the TV's are so old the people on the screens are “green”. We wait for hours and hours for medical care not matter how sick we are. And then we have to deal with impolite staff and doctors who don't know what they are doing—like almost doing an internal procedure on me when my INR was above 5.0 (This means bleeding to death!!!! duh).


aloha tackett
Comment posted October 15, 2008 @ 8:56 am

hello, this is aloha tackett. i am not able to get dentist insurance bec of i am on medicare, there has not cover for dentist. it really frustard me. i really need go see dentist. also i am dibetic right now. pls let me know how i can get it one thanks aloha


aloha tackett
Comment posted October 15, 2008 @ 3:56 pm

hello, this is aloha tackett. i am not able to get dentist insurance bec of i am on medicare, there has not cover for dentist. it really frustard me. i really need go see dentist. also i am dibetic right now. pls let me know how i can get it one thanks aloha


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