Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:40:01 -0800 Betsy McCaughey from Creators Syndicate 4f10cb4414ffcdb93f964627ee5ad6ac Medical Devices Can Turn Deadly for 02/22/2017 Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What's the biggest killer in hospitals? Secrecy. That's the bottom line from the Government Accountability Office and the Food and Drug Administration. </p> <p>Both report that hospitals are failing to disclose when medical devices injure or kill patients by spreading cancer cells throughout their body or infecting them with superbugs. Federal regulation requires hospitals and doctors to notify the FDA of these "adverse events" immediately, but the regulation is ignored. "There is limited to no reporting" at some hospitals, says an FDA official. When hospitals stay mum, future patients become the victims. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 22, 2017</p> 9029ad269730b85b46be3aa8f021610d Obamacare Repeal Is a Jobs Program for 02/15/2017 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On Saturday, Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Bernie Sanders called for nationwide protests to stop Republicans from repealing the Affordable Care Act. </p> <p>The trigger event was Friday's confirmation of Dr. Tom Price as President Trump's Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price is charged with making good on Trump's promise to repeal and replace Obamacare. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 15, 2017</p> 035e4068edefdba290a767835d884e24 End the Fake Filibuster for 02/08/2017 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Tuesday, Senate Democrats lost the battle to stop President Trump's pick for secretary of education. But on bigger battles ahead, the Democrats have a powerful weapon &#8212; and they intend to use it. </p> <p>Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House. Yet Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer boasts that he can block Trump's legislative agenda, including repealing the Affordable Care Act. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 08, 2017</p> d401d9564e69f4bd38e86c87a7c518ce Trump Invites Local Input on Refugee Resettlement for 02/01/2017 Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Public schools beleaguered by waves of refugees will get a breather thanks to President Trump's executive order suspending refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days. And under Trump's new policy, when the U.S. reopens its doors to refugees, local communities will be consulted. That beats the Obama administration's dictatorial approach, which has overwhelmed many school districts. </p> <p>Until now, refugee children have been placed in districts with little or no advance notice. Arriving from countries like the Congo, Myanmar, Somalia and Syria, they speak no English and bear signs of trauma from their ordeals. They need interpreters, counselors and a lot of attention. But often they're placed in the poorest school districts.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 01, 2017</p> bfe3349e42449685c99737ffd2ab705a Trump Pushes for Rapid Action on Obamacare for 01/25/2017 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Congressional Republicans are huddling at a closed-door retreat this week to craft a replacement for the Affordable Care Act, but it's President Trump who's calling the shots. On Friday, hours after taking office, he issued his first executive order. No surprise, it targeted Obamacare, instructing federal agencies to do everything possible while the Affordable Care Act is still on the books to lighten the law's "economic burden."</p> <p>Expect relief soon if you're one of the 10 million getting clobbered by penalties &#8212; averaging $995 per adult and $500 per child &#8212; for refusing to buy a pricey Obamacare plan.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 25, 2017</p> ccdaf6c48ace4e0369c8b7d85f719534 Dems Need History Lesson on U.S. Elections for 01/18/2017 Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. John Lewis' claim that President-elect Donald Trump isn't a legitimate president wouldn't matter by itself. Lewis dismissed President George W. Bush as illegitimate, too. But the attacks by leading Democrats are mounting, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, President Obama's Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Hillary Clinton's former press secretary Brian Fallon and dozens of lawmakers who are boycotting the inauguration. All are insinuating that Trump lacks legitimacy because the Russian government allegedly tried to sway the election.</p> <p>"If we can't carry out an election without disinformation being pumped into it by another country, we've got a huge destruction of our system going on," exclaimed Feinstein.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 18, 2017</p> e7686537606de53df30b6a00e072c76b The True Cost of Plastic for 01/11/2017 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The owner of a small town beauty salon outside Binghamton, New York, argued at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday for the right to tell her customers the truth about paying by credit card: There's a swipe charge.</p> <p>On the other side, New York's attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is battling to defend a state law that protects credit card companies. New York bars merchants from charging card users extra or even informing customers "it costs more" to pay with plastic. Cash discounts are legal, but credit card surcharges are not, even though the math is the same. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 11, 2017</p> 249283f56b8aa4f96dbc7178b30fdfe7 Deadly 'End-of-Life' Myths for 01/04/2017 Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As the new Congress convenes, budget cutters are eyeing Medicare, citing predictions that the program for seniors is running out of money. But federal bean counters have erroneously predicted Medicare's bankruptcy for decades, largely because they ignore the impact of medical breakthroughs. </p> <p>Worse, medical ethicists like Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, 59, insist the elderly are unfairly hoarding resources better spent on the young.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 04, 2017</p> d37732b3c4ffa43982248d6893fa3c40 The Myth of Pre-Existing Conditions for 12/28/2016 Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Democrats are warning that once Obamacare is repealed, people with serious illnesses won't get health insurance. President Obama says repeal will mean going "back to discriminating against Americans with pre-existing conditions." That's fake news.</p> <p>The truth is, every Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act protects people with pre-existing conditions. <p>Updated: Wed Dec 28, 2016</p> 6fb38b22a1c22d4e753dc40f010e3206 Life and Death Choice for 12/22/2016 Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Going to a hospital is taking your life in your hands. New research shows patients treated at the worst hospitals are three times as likely to die as patients with the same health problem treated at the best hospitals. Yet most people pick a hospital based on convenience, a friend's recommendation or where their doctor practices.</p> <p>In fact, your doctor won't even be treating you. An in-house physician called a "hospitalist" who has never met you will take over. That's why you need to find out which hospital has a track record of success in treating your problem. </p> <p>According to the new research, getting the facts on hospital quality is especially important if you have heart problems. Go to the wrong hospital with a heart attack &#8212; what doctors call an acute myocardial infarction &#8212; and your risk of survival is cut by more than half. <p>Updated: Thu Dec 22, 2016</p> 39c9abd70be347bbb45b6e73842d1dd4 Trump's Urgent Job: Clean Up the VA for 12/14/2016 Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last week, Veterans Affairs got caught covering up the quality ratings of its 146 medical centers. VA Secretary Robert McDonald insists. "No VA medical facility is bad or failing." Really? Not even a hospital that earns only one star out of five? </p> <p>McDonald denies he's hiding anything. But he and other VA brass have plenty to hide.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 14, 2016</p> 644f200b95271dbb6231261d2720b888 Battle Lines Forming in War Over Trump Court for 11/30/2016 Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Opening shots are being fired over Donald Trump's anticipated Supreme Court nomination. A conservative advocacy group is running television ads urging Trump to appoint a justice in the mold of the late Antonin Scalia. New Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer fires back that Democrats will try to block any nominee who isn't "mainstream." </p> <p>Trouble is, anybody who disputes the Democrats' left-wing definition of the Constitution as a malleable "living" document is outside their mainstream. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 30, 2016</p> ccce7a03fcab1bd6d09f5289184a4997 Trump's Path to Repeal for 11/23/2016 Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On the stump, Donald Trump promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Now obstacles are emerging on the left and right. Democrats are sowing panic, falsely predicting that 20 million will lose coverage. Newly elected Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer claims Trump will "rue the day" Obamacare is repealed. </p> <p>Meanwhile, on Trump's right flank, House Republicans are pushing Medicare "reform" and taxes on workers' health benefits &#8212; unpopular ideas that will undermine Trump's political support and derail his agenda. <p>Updated: Wed Nov 23, 2016</p> f7a7e99b0b2abb8cfb068d131cf20371 Trump vs. the Federal Bureaucracy for 11/16/2016 Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Donald Trump's triumph over Hillary Clinton presages an even bigger battle against the heart of the Democratic establishment: the federal workforce. This army of bureaucrats &#8212; almost 3 million strong &#8212; gave Clinton a large majority of their votes and over 90 percent of their campaign contributions. Count on federal workers and their union bosses to use every trick in the book to block Trump's reform agenda. </p> <p>Trump's ability to fix the Department of Veterans Affairs, clean up IRS abuses, rollback job-killing regulations and get taxpayers' their money's worth all hinge on uprooting the entrenched civil service. Newt Gingrich, a top Trump advisor, warns that "if you don't fix this problem, nothing in government is going to work." <p>Updated: Wed Nov 16, 2016</p> ebff7f1fe44eadcc0c1fe05688b91417 Votes Count, Rules Count More for 11/07/2016 Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The outcome of the wildest presidential election in our lifetimes will likely boil down to the rules in our rule book: the U.S. Constitution. There may be more surprises ahead, but the framers prepared us for almost any contingency. Look for electors going rogue, an Electoral College deadlock, or contested voting results like Florida in 2000. There's even a bizarre possibility of a Trump-Kaine administration. Here's what to watch for: </p> <p>Can the winner of the popular vote lose? You bet. That's happened four times before, most recently when Al Gore won the popular vote by 540,000 in 2000. The Electoral College &#8212; a body set up by the framers &#8212; actually chooses the president. Each state gets a number of electors equal to its representation in the House and Senate combined. So New York with 27 congressional seats has 29 electors, but tiny New Hampshire has only four. Electors are expected to vote for their state's popular vote winner. </p> <p>Even if Hillary Clinton racks up huge margins in Illinois, New York and other states with lots of urban voters, Donald Trump could still eke out an electoral college win because of his following in many less populous states. That's by design. The framers wanted to ensure that the president-elect has support from all parts of the nation.<p>Updated: Mon Nov 07, 2016</p> 2cacd676aeda500de7dc019e29e95542 Last Chance to Get Rid of Obamacare for 11/02/2016 Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This election is a referendum on the Affordable Care Act. Almost everyone in America is affected, and it's harming millions more people than it's helping. Donald Trump is promising to "repeal and replace the disaster known as Obamacare." Hillary Clinton defends it and wants to "build on it."</p> <p>"Disaster" sums up the skyrocketing premiums and lack of choice facing many of the 11 million people enrolled in the exchange plans. The plans are unaffordable, unless you're a low earner getting a free ride.<p>Updated: Wed Nov 02, 2016</p> 3ccb42aa728d600fafeccf3e1c7e73e2 Trump's Accusers: No Facts Required for 10/26/2016 Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The roll out of women accusers against Donald Trump continues. On Oct. 20, accuser No. 10, Karena Virginia, charged that Trump took hold of her right arm in a crowd after the 1998 U.S. Open. When he did, his hand also made contact with the side of her breast. </p> <p>Attorney Gloria Allred, a two-time Hillary Clinton convention delegate and Democratic Party grenade thrower, flanked Virginia as she told her story to reporters. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 26, 2016</p> baad2b9887290cefbd4c87ed789150d5 Immigration Center Stage in Election for 10/19/2016 Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Immigration will take center stage tonight at the final Donald Trump &#8212; Hillary Clinton debate. Clinton dreams of "open borders." Count on her to yank on your heartstrings. But workers who are losing their jobs to newcomers from other countries should be skeptical. </p> <p>Trump's challenge will be to convince voters that looking out for American workers first is not racist or xenophobic. It's simple economics. Clinton's "dream" of open borders is a nightmare for wage earners. </p> <p>In the last 12 months, jobs held by immigrants have increased five times as fast as jobs held by U.S.-born workers. The American labor force is being displaced at a rapid pace. To add insult to injury, some pink-slipped workers are being forced to train low-wage replacements after they've been fired. Last year, Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, fired 250 tech workers, and then demanded they spend their final weeks on the job teaching their replacements from India.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 19, 2016</p> 23a93a29fc8405f280e324f433e990bd Clinton's Speech Police for 10/12/2016 Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Voters' top concerns are the stagnant economy and the threat of terrorism, but you wouldn't know it from Hillary Clinton's TV ads or campaign speeches. She's trying to twist the presidential race into a referendum on political correctness. Too embarrassed to run on her party's economic record or her failed stint as secretary of state, she's positioning herself as top cop of the speech police.</p> <p>Clinton's running an ad of preteen girls looking self-consciously in the mirror, agonizing over their bodies. Sometimes such young girls' worries turn into deadly eating disorders, ultimately killing 10 percent of those affected. Clinton cynically exploits the pain and fear felt by thousands of families. Her ad uses a voiceover of Donald Trump saying things like "she ate like a pig" and "does she have a fat (bleep)?"</p> <p>Parents struggling with their child's eating disorder run to one doctor after another frantically seeking answers. The causes are complex and still not entirely known, but no one believes the cause is Donald Trump. Some experts attribute part of the cause to Hollywood's glorification of skinny women. Instead of trying to muzzle Trump and other men, why isn't Clinton calling out her big supporters in the entertainment industry?<p>Updated: Wed Oct 12, 2016</p> b88e485a977cff7bd1df682d3d9b851a Obama Gives Away American Control of the Internet for 10/05/2016 Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In another blow to American global leadership, the Obama administration is abdicating control of the internet. Countries that loathe freedom will gain more influence over what you'll be able to find on the web. </p> <p>The U.S. started the internet and served as its guardian for many years, guaranteeing that virtually any person or group, no matter how controversial, could add a website to the worldwide network. But on <span class="column--highlighted-text">Oct. 1, the Obama administration surrendered U.S. oversight to a multinational organization</span>, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. <p>Updated: Wed Oct 05, 2016</p>