Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Thu, 19 Oct 2017 23:54:06 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/betsy-mccaughey-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey 937986975850ae74b18b049a90c178ea Free at Last! for 10/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/free-at-last Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Free at last! Free at last! That's the message for millions who don't get health coverage at work and, until now, faced two dismal options: going without insurance or paying Obamacare's soaring premiums. Last week, President Donald Trump announced regulatory changes that will potentially allow consumers to choose coverage options costing half what Obamacare's cheapest bronze plans cost. Democrats are already accusing the president of kneecapping Obamacare, but in fact these changes will actually reduce the number of uninsured &#8212; something Democrats claim is their goal. </p> <p>The Affordable Care Act requires everyone to buy the one-size-fits-all Washington-designed benefit package. You have to pay for maternity care, even if you're too old to give birth. You're also on the hook for pediatric dental care, even if you're childless. It's like passing a law that the only car you can buy is a fully loaded, four-door sedan. No more hatchbacks, convertibles or two-seaters. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 18, 2017</p> 4847d3e68731f1df6cbefb533fb58818 War on Cops Goes to Court for 10/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/war-on-cops-goes-to-court Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the Justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests, and the charges later get dropped. </p> <p>It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers were called by neighbors at 1 a.m. to investigate a rowdy party at an unoccupied row house. The police found 21 partygoers, liquor, trash and used condoms strewn about, along with the smell of marijuana and women with cash coming out of their pants. The partygoers scattered, hiding in closets. </p> <p>When questioned, some told police "Peaches had invited them." Some gave other stories. The police phoned "Peaches," who admitted to not having the owner's permission to use the house. The police then called the owner, who confirmed no one had permission. Two hours after being summoned, the police made the decision to arrest the partygoers for trespassing &#8212; the judgment call an issue in this case. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 11, 2017</p> f66f36a2eaf20bb52f2a1bab9257740e Dems vs. the Facts for 10/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/10/17/dems-vs-the-facts Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump has unveiled a tax plan to ignite economic growth and simplify the tax filing ordeal. Sadly, top Democrats are responding with divisive rhetoric and lies. Senator Chuck Schumer dismisses the plan as "wealth-fare." House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calls the plan "giveaways to big corporations and billionaires." </p> <p>Intent on stoking envy, these class warfare politicians are willing to forfeit economic growth. But the nation can't afford to. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 04, 2017</p> a73c7ae55ed02d8b959c823e8c10e215 DeVos Welcomes Men Back to Campus for 09/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/devos-welcomes-men-back-to-campus Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Good news for college men. You're again welcome on campus. On Friday, Sept. 22, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ripped up the Obama administration's one-sided rules on how colleges and universities handle accusations of sexual assault and misconduct. The rules, imposed in 2011, were so stacked against the accused &#8212; usually young men &#8212; that in dozens of cases, innocent male students were branded as rapists, kicked out of school and robbed of future job opportunities.</p> <p>Those with sufficient money and fortitude managed to get their names cleared in real courts of law &#8212; where rules of evidence, due process and reasonable standards of proof apply. Last month, a California judge threw out a rape case against a 20-year-old University of Southern California student when video tapes showed sex with a female student was consensual. But he still faces possible expulsion, because USC's Obama-era policies tilt the scales against him &#8212; despite the vivid evidence of consent. That's the difference between American justice, where the accused have rights, and Obama's campus sex courts, where only accusers are believed.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 27, 2017</p> 9990a890f3a93e06ce4221f9eac1c432 Sanders Bill Makes Health Insurance Illegal for 09/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/sanders-bill-makes-health-insurance-illegal Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All Act, introduced last week, outlaws private health insurance. Curiously, not one of the Democratic presidential wannabes crowding around Sanders for photo ops mentioned this alarming fact. If Sanders has his way, 180 million Americans who currently have private coverage would have it ripped away and be automatically enrolled in public insurance. Kids would be enrolled at birth. </p> <p>"Medicare for All" doesn't just offer government health insurance to the needy. It makes private coverage illegal, including the health plan you get at your job. Employers are prohibited from covering workers, retirees, and their families. (Sec. 107, Sec. 522) <p>Updated: Wed Sep 20, 2017</p> f082dd27c016a2e22d0656e278ce41db Justices Should Toss Dems' Phony Election Lawsuit for 09/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/justices-should-toss-dems-phony-election-lawsuit Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you can't win, change the rules. Democrats and progressive activists are joining forces to urge the U.S. Supreme Court to interfere in how election districts are drawn in all 50 states. In Gill v. Whitford, they're challenging how Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin drew the state's election map.</p> <p>The justices will hear the case on Oct. 3. If they decide to strike down Wisconsin's map and dictate new rules for election map making, it could turn winners into losers and vice versa across the country. Republicans, who have been on a winning streak and now control both legislative houses and the governor's mansions in 26 states &#8212; including Wisconsin &#8212; rightly oppose this judicial interference.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 13, 2017</p> 09bdcd4d87f42c67fe333e882de61a61 The Middle Class: Uninsured and Hurting for 09/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/09/17/the-middle-class-uninsured-and-hurting Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Brace yourself for the next health insurance crisis: the uninsured middle class. The Affordable Care Act added millions of mostly poor people to the insurance rolls. But the law is driving premiums so high that middle-class people can no longer afford insurance. Several million are expected to drop coverage in 2018. Under Obamacare, poor lives matter &#8212; middle class lives, not so much. </p> <p>With GOP lawmakers paralyzed about how to repeal and replace Obamacare, Senators Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., are swooping in with a plan to keep the floundering health law afloat. Senate hearings begin Wednesday. The senators cloak themselves in the mantle of bipartisan reasonableness, but don't be fooled. There's nothing bipartisan about their scheme. The big losers are middle-class buyers priced out of the individual insurance market and taxpayers footing the bill for the billions in extra spending these fixers are proposing. <p>Updated: Wed Sep 06, 2017</p> b19a3a9062259ba2d0562f3dc268b29b Feds Warn of Nursing Home Horrors for 08/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/feds-warn-of-nursing-home-horrors Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Nursing home residents trapped in wheelchairs with floodwaters rising to their waists &#8212; the photo of Hurricane Harvey everyone's seen. But even where the weather's fine, nursing home residents are in peril. An alert issued Monday by the inspector general for the federal Department of Health and Human Services calls for urgent action. It cites incidents in 33 states where nursing home residents were rushed to emergency rooms because of rape, broken bones and severe neglect. The IG warned families to "visit your loved ones often" and "report potential cases of abuse or neglect to your local police." </p> <p>One out of every 3 baby boomers will need a nursing home. Not necessarily for permanent living. Many will go for rehab after heart surgery or an orthopedic repair, never thinking the stay could turn deadly. Robert Pineda, a New Mexico accountant, had surgery on his injured knee, and then went to a rehab near the hospital. Inadequate care led to a bedsore, which became infected, requiring several surgeries, landing him on dialysis and a ventilator. He was taken off life support one week before his 69th birthday.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 30, 2017</p> da857470a1560fe11c26a54a81dbb810 Trump's Trade Doctrine for 08/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/trumps-trade-doctrine Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Most shoppers prefer to buy American. But given a choice between an American-made product and a cheaper import from China, Mexico or another low-wage country, they'll go for the bargain. That's one reason millions of American factory workers have lost their jobs. </p> <p>In last year's presidential election, Donald Trump put the collapse of American manufacturing center stage. He pledged to take on China &#8212; our biggest trade rival &#8212; and to rip up the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. He told rallies in Indiana and Pennsylvania that "we cannot continue to allow China to rape our country" and "there are no jobs because China has our jobs." He warned upstate New Yorkers they were being "horribly, horribly hurt by NAFTA." <p>Updated: Wed Aug 23, 2017</p> 2c6d3d562e30e62cfd2fab5ad219791b Workers Benefit from Business Tax Cuts for 08/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/workers-benefit-from-business-tax-cuts Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Left-wing political groups are staging street protests and running television ads to defeat President Trump's proposed corporate tax cut. If they succeed, the big losers will be anyone hoping for a raise or looking for a better job. </p> <p>Top Democrats like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are haranguing about tax cuts for wealthy corporations. MoveOn.org and the Working Families Party are paying for ads opposing even "one penny" of tax breaks to corporations. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 16, 2017</p> 6f46bed8467e24d3d011c37229ec62b4 Single-Payer Will Cut Boomers' Lives Short for 08/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/08/17/single-payer-will-cut-boomers-lives-short Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If you're a baby boomer, you're expecting Medicare to pay for that knee replacement or cataract operation you'll need in 10 or 20 years. Don't count on it. Health care reform is taking a dangerous turn. Democrats, energized by the failure to repeal Obamacare, are again pushing a government takeover of health care they call "Medicare for all." Democrats took the first step last week, announcing a Senate bill to expand Medicare for people age 55 and up. Boomers beware. These schemes will push people 65 and older to the back of the line for health care.</p> <p>It's already happening in the U.K., where government-run health care is targeting boomers for deadly rationing. Faced with a budget crisis, Britain's National Health Service is limiting the procedures seniors need most: hip and knee replacements, cataract operations, angioplasty and colonoscopies. It's a preview of what American boomers can expect under a Medicare-for-all system. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 09, 2017</p> 8e9bc692b602858fd593dfe0df10d354 Feds Turn Doctors Into Clerks for 07/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/17/feds-turn-doctors-into-clerks Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"The doctor will see you now." It's a common phrase, but it's no longer true. Even in the examining room, you're unlikely to make more than fleeting eye contact with your doctor. That's because federal laws and regulations have turned doctors into robotic clerks. Your doctor has to stay glued to the computer screen, clicking boxes, following prompts and posing questions the federal government wants asked, never mind your reasons for being there. The biggest loser is you, the patient. </p> <p>But help is on the way. The Trump administration has started rolling back these regulations. Fortunately, this regulatory relief does not depend on repealing Obamacare. </p> <p>You can credit former President Barack Obama for the demise of the eye-to-eye conversation with your doctor. Way back in 2009, he signed into law the HiTech Act, compelling doctors and hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid payments to use electronic medical record systems in a "meaningful" way or pay a hefty penalty. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 26, 2017</p> c1740ec797a97af72889edeabbc5bfb0 A Winning Strategy to Repeal Obamacare for 07/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/17/a-winning-strategy-to-repeal-obamacare Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>When President Ronald Reagan was asked why he settled for a 5 percent tax cut in 1981, half what he had proposed, he answered that "half a loaf is better than none." That's good advice right now.</p> <p>This week's news that the Senate failed to repeal Obamacare is a bitter disappointment to the 18 million people in the individual market struggling with unaffordable premiums and deductibles. It's also bad news for another 8 million who are opting to pay hefty penalties rather than buy those unaffordable plans. And things are only getting worse. Health insurers are asking for giant rate increases this fall, as high as 50 percent in Connecticut, Maryland and Virginia. Ouch.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 19, 2017</p> 5f2a86d6a456bbd9f0aafca94f660ed9 Trump's War on Red Tape for 07/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/17/trumps-war-on-red-tape Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Friday the Veterans Affairs posted a list of hundreds of VA employees fired or punished for misconduct since the Trump administration took over on Jan. 20. A good start, but not enough. </p> <p>The VA, where vets died waiting for care, is a glaring example of what's wrong with the entire civil service. It's become a federal employee protection racket. <p>Updated: Wed Jul 12, 2017</p> 57d594b21e95a4b661d52bcdeec7547e Demagogues Bashing Obamacare Repeal for 07/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/07/17/demagogues-bashing-obamacare-repeal Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Die-hard Obamacare defenders are out in force over July 4 to protest Republican repeal efforts. The protesters are falsely claiming the repeal will gut Medicaid, causing frail, indigent seniors to be evicted from nursing homes. It's sheer demagoguery. But even these phony claims could have redeeming value if they get the public to take a closer look at nursing homes and see the filth, rampant infections and neglect &#8212; conditions routinely tolerated by our indifferent public officials. </p> <p>Indifference is the real culprit, not inadequate Medicaid money. For example, New York state pays among the highest Medicaid rates in the nation &#8212; yet also tolerates some of the worst conditions. A shocking 40 percent of nursing homes in New York provide inferior care, according to federal ratings. That's worse than 39 other states.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 05, 2017</p> 5bfbb77ccf6736a91d6251e3b8d90776 Medicaid at the 'Tipping Point' for 06/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/17/medicaid-at-the-tipping-point Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Former President Barack Obama is joining the demagogic slugfest against the GOP's latest bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. He claims the bill would "ruin Medicaid."</p> <p>Not so fast, Obama. Your health care law ruined Medicaid. Now, about half of all women who give birth in the United States are on Medicaid, a staggering figure.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 28, 2017</p> 7dbeb8f5302da425731716049c2c1fd4 How Privacy Purists Are Helping Criminals for 06/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/17/how-privacy-purists-are-helping-criminals Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Next time you set out to commit armed robbery, leave your cellphone at home. Timothy Carpenter was convicted of robbing a string of T-Mobile and Radio Shack stores, stealing smartphones. But he wasn't too smart himself. He used his cellphone to call 15 getaway drivers. The calls were his undoing. The FBI used the records from his wireless carrier to confirm his proximity to every robbed store when it was hit.</p> <p>Now Carpenter and the American Civil Liberties Union are challenging the conviction, and the Supreme Court just agreed to hear the case. Activists determined to guarantee total privacy to criminal suspects, no matter what the cost to society, are thrilled. They're predicting Carpenter v. United States could be a landmark victory for privacy. How foolish. A victory for Carpenter would tip the scales of justice in favor of criminals and against law enforcement's ability to keep us safe.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 21, 2017</p> faff2976edd888764d76e7c9896dc565 Don't Abandon Choice for Vets for 06/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/17/dont-abandon-choice-for-vets Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Trump calls Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin his "100-to-nothing man" because Shulkin was confirmed by the Senate 100-0. That unanimity is turning out to be a red flag. Shulkin is not delivering 100 percent for vets. He told Congress last week that he plans to end the Veterans Choice Program, a setback for vets stuck on waitlists for medical care. Shulkin, the only Obama administration holdover named to Trump's cabinet, is capitulating to the public employee unions and their Democratic lackeys in Congress who oppose allowing vets to leave the VA and get treated by a civilian doctor on Uncle Sam's tab. </p> <p>Shulkin is also abandoning the goal of eliminating veteran homelessness, saying "we do have to respect the wishes of people who are adults and able to make their own decisions." That's nuts, Mr. Secretary. Homelessness is not a legitimate choice. Vets on the streets need housing and mental health care, not left-wing gibberish about alternative lifestyles.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 14, 2017</p> 65e0d61f3ae7164629c5a8be4d0777ff Vape Links for 06/07/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/06/17/vape-links Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hypocrisy has reached new heights, even by Washington, D.C., standards. The same left-wing senators who support needle exchange and methadone programs to reduce harm to drug addicts and demand condoms for high-schoolers to have safe sex are waging war against the most effective harm reducer of all &#8212; e-cigarettes. </p> <p>Senators Al Franken, D-Minn., Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Patty Murray, D-Wash., and other Democrats are demanding that new FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb crack down on e-cigarettes without delay. Across the aisle, Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is urging Gottlieb to examine the compelling evidence that vaping saves lives by helping smokers quit the deadly habit. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 07, 2017</p> dcffc0a4da57c2655ac55c2652efb60b Trump Budget Revives American Work Ethic for 05/31/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/17/trump-budget-revives-american-work-ethic Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton bashes President Trump's budget proposal for its "unimaginable level of cruelty." Almost every Democratic politician, and most mainstream media, are saying the same. Don't believe it. The budget, released last week, dignifies work. It reforms federal anti-poverty programs that have kept people dependent on government, with taxpayers footing the bills. Like the food stamp program, which has nearly tripled in enrollment and quadrupled in cost since 2000. Call Trump's budget the "Work Is Beautiful" plan. </p> <p>Trump needs to go to the voters who elected him and defend his budget. While many in Congress are dismissing it as "dead on arrival," they're foolish to ignore the public's disgust with Washington's spendaholic ways. The president's budget is exactly what he ran and won on: less government, more jobs, school choice, strong defense, health care for vets and compassion for the working stiff whose taxes are wasted in Washington. <p>Updated: Wed May 31, 2017</p>