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 Sat, 26 May 2018 17:44:28 -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 7b6083978e679d2c580f69245efb25b7 As Obamacare Premiums Soar, Dems Lie for 05/16/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/18/as-obamacare-premiums-soar-dems-lie Wed, 16 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>America has a health insurance problem because politicians would rather lie about it than solve it. Obamacare regulations caused premiums for people buying their own insurance to more than double between 2013 and 2017, and then soar even higher in 2018. With huge hikes predicted again in 2019, the Affordable Care Act will have caused premiums to triple in six years. Ouch. But instead of telling the truth about why this is happening, politicians are dishing out lies. </p> <p>Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is already announcing what he's going to do about the rate hikes. "We Democrats are going to be relentless in making sure the American people exactly understand who is to blame for the rates." He means pinning the blame on President Trump and the Republican majorities in Congress. Don't buy this lie. <p>Updated: Wed May 16, 2018</p> ef68574f1af7de0f251bbe01934f3704 Uncle Sam's Deadly Cancer Screening Advice for 05/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/18/uncle-sams-deadly-cancer-screening-advice Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beware. Many breast and prostate cancer patients are getting diagnosed late in the game because of Obamacare's skimpy cancer screening regulations. Remember when President Obama repeatedly told Americans that greedy doctors were overtesting and overtreating them, and federal rules were needed to stop it? Now the evidence is in that some of those rules are killing us. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Inadequate cancer screening is forcing women to undergo mastectomies and men to endure aggressive treatments with side effects</span>. Many could have avoided these outcomes if they'd been diagnosed earlier.<p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> eb12bc5e251702067aea8cff4a39f04f Nationwide, Dems Attack ICE instead of Crime for 05/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/05/18/nationwide-dems-attack-ice-instead-of-crime Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>New York's Governor Andrew Cuomo is threatening to sue the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency for its ongoing raids to detain illegal immigrants wanted for serious crimes like assault and rape. A staggering 80 percent of those apprehended in recent ICE raids in New York were either convicted criminals or charged with crimes. But Cuomo's siding with criminals over crime victims. He's playing politics. Faced with a challenge on his left flank from "Sex and the City" star and gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon, he's desperate to prove his liberal bona fides. Public safety be damned.</p> <p>The ambitious New York Governor is parroting Democrats across the nation who claim ICE should be abolished because it's breaking apart families and peaceful communities. The facts prove otherwise. Eighty-eight percent of the illegal immigrants arrested in recent Los Angeles ICE raids and 81 percent arrested throughout California, according to the latest ICE data, had criminal convictions. These are bad guys. So when House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., claims that "unjust and cruel" ICE raids "terrorize innocent immigrant families," don't buy it.<p>Updated: Wed May 02, 2018</p> 6989fbd67a001f5429f6bf5e1ba0faa6 Hospitals Pulling the Plug Against Families' Wishes for 04/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/hospitals-pulling-the-plug-against-families-wishes Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who decides whether your sick child lives or dies? You or the hospital? On Monday, the parents of 23-month-old Alfie Evans, who has extensive brain damage, were told their son's life would be terminated by hospital staff. That night, the hospital turned off his ventilator. The hospital decreed "once all external signs of life have ceased," doctors would confirm "that death has occurred." Many hours have passed, and Alfie clings tenuously to life. </p> <p>To avert this crisis, Alfie's parents tried appealing to British courts, but judges ruled on April 20 that "the hospital must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests." Determined by whom? Not his parents, who wanted to maintain life support. "He isn't suffering, he isn't in pain, he isn't diagnosed," his father explains. "It's a straight up execution." <p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> ee45de9c06b3a4f3a41971aa4842ea04 Will the Supreme Court OK the States' Latest Tax Grab? for 04/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/will-the-supreme-court-ok-the-states-latest-tax-grab Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here we go again. State politicians want to take more of your money. This time, their scheme is to tax everything you buy on the internet. On Tuesday, the money-grabbing states made their case to the United States Supreme Court. If the Justices go along with it, you'll be paying more when you make a purchase on eBay, Etsy, Amazon or another platform hosting small retailers. </p> <p>Shoppers won't be the only losers. If the justices side with the states in South Dakota v. Wayfair, mom-and-pop internet businesses and startups will be stymied by the complexity of collecting taxes for 12,000 different state, county and municipal taxing jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction has its own rates, rules and deadlines. Yikes. Retail giants can afford expensive software to do the job, but for smaller businesses it would be a logistical nightmare, shutting down many. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 18, 2018</p> 200ba45b9f40dcca1b0e51feadcd100b This Hospital Bed May Kill You for 04/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/this-hospital-bed-may-kill-you Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Danger lurks for hospital patients in a place they'd least expect it &#8212; the bed. Hospitals claim to disinfect beds in between patients. Don't believe it. Data from four New York hospitals prove beds are full of germs. Patients are nearly six times as likely to come down with staph, strep or another dangerous infection if the patient who used the bed before them had it. </p> <p>Columbia University researchers found being in a bed previously used by a patient with an infection ups your own risk of infection by 583 percent, according to the current issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The researchers conclude that "enhanced cleaning measures" are needed.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 11, 2018</p> f4501ef215efbcfab58236c16573aa18 Marching Orders for Trump's New VA Secretary for 04/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/04/18/marching-orders-for-trumps-new-va-secretary Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Since President Trump ousted Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, the question reverberating in Washington is whether Trump's new pick, Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, is capable of heading a department with 360,000 employees and 9 million vets under its care. Senate Democrats carp he lacks experience running "a complex organization." </p> <p>Experience is overrated. President Obama's VA Secretary, Robert McDonald, failed miserably, despite having run Procter & Gamble. Vets died on phony wait lists on McDonald's watch.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 04, 2018</p> 136992d08a2a5eddf41de78661d932f9 Do You Have a DNR? for 03/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/18/do-you-have-a-dnr Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Patients, beware. When you're admitted to a hospital, you're routinely encouraged to sign a Do Not Resuscitate order, also known as a DNR. Don't assume it will be applied only in extreme circumstances. New research shows having those three letters on your chart could put you on course to getting less medical and nursing care throughout your stay. Fewer MRIs and CT scans, fewer medications or even fewer bedside visits from doctors. A DNR could cost you your life.</p> <p>Having a DNR means that if your heart stops or you can't breathe, medical staff will let you die naturally, instead of rushing to give you cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Correctly interpreted, a DNR bars just that one procedure &#8212; resuscitation. But researchers are discovering that many doctors and nurses take DNR to mean you want end-of-life care only. They misconstrue DNR as Dying, Not Recovering.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 28, 2018</p> b1608c69d2ef76ae3c7fddeb8fed7ae6 Obamacare Money Grab for 03/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/18/obamacare-money-grab Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Guess who's on the hook in one of the largest lawsuits ever? You. More than 100 health insurance companies are suing you and the rest of America's taxpayers. Insurers want you to bail them out for money they lost trying to sell Obamacare plans. The losses could amount to a whopping $15 billion. A ruling from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is expected any day.</p> <p>It's a brazen money grab. In 2010, powerful insurance industry officials worked hand in glove with Democrats to enact the Affordable Care Act, a scheme compelling everyone to buy their product. It doesn't get any sweeter, a law making your product mandatory. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 21, 2018</p> 51cd4136fae8f532f542d3425e509206 Don't Buy Free Trade Myths for 03/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/18/dont-buy-free-trade-myths Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are facing an avalanche of false criticism. </p> <p>Naysayers argue tariffs will raise prices, spark a trade war and do nothing to bolster America's military preparedness &#8212; the official rationale for the move. <p>Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018</p> 525cb24a8ea4b9362ce6acc8dfafec6f Antibiotics Unearthed to Kill Superbugs for 03/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/03/18/antibiotics-unearthed-to-kill-superbugs Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Top public health authorities descended on Capitol Hill Thursday to sound the alarm about a grim future without antibiotics. These lifesaving drugs are losing their mojo as germs adapt to them. It's a process scientists call antibiotic resistance. </p> <p>In the United States, two million people a year fall victim to drug-resistant infections, 23,000 die, and the toll "is growing," says Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Most are hospital patients.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018</p> 793e3394da2c00053e759b1948d76d11 Labor Thuggery at the Supreme Court for 02/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/18/labor-thuggery-at-the-supreme-court Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Organized labor took off the gloves Monday, warning the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court that freeing public employees from mandatory union dues would lead to strikes and union violence. It was ugly. </p> <p>The Court heard oral arguments challenging laws in 22 states and the District of Columbia that force public employees to pay unions to represent them, even if they disagree with the union's demands and politics. Mark Janus, a child support specialist and public employee in Illinois, claims his First Amendment free speech rights are being violated when he is forced to pay money to a union &#8212; the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union "uses my monthly fees to promote an agenda I don't support," Janus objects. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018</p> ab9b8edeca023d4e690bc03877ea72ec Latest Trump Accusers Not #MeToo Women for 02/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/18/latest-trump-accusers-not-metoo-women Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>The media are jumping on stories of President Donald Trump's past dalliances with Playboy Bunny Karen McDougal and stripper Stormy Daniels. They're linking these women to the #MeToo movement. Don't buy it. Real #MeToo women, battling workplace harassment and domestic abuse, want to be judged by their achievements, not their bra size. They're the opposite of strippers and Playboy Bunnies who sell their sexuality. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 21, 2018</p> bc918133af1a377b5bbb5dbd85aae421 Foreign Freeloading to Blame for High Drug Prices for 02/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/18/foreign-freeloading-to-blame-for-high-drug-prices Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Americans are suffering pharmaceutical sticker shock. But the remedy Democrats are backing &#8212; price controls on prescription drugs &#8212; would inflict more harm by halting new discoveries and dooming patients waiting for cures. </p> <p>Since 1950, our increasing longevity &#8212; an amazing 10 extra years of life for the average American &#8212; has been mainly the result of pharmaceutical breakthroughs. If someone in your family has an incurable illness &#8212; cystic fibrosis, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's &#8212; the idea of slowing the pace of new cures is unthinkable. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 14, 2018</p> b2ded30c1039627d0de5ef6ee62228ff CDC Should Put America First for 02/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/02/18/cdc-should-put-america-first Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Under President Obama, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent money and staff to distant parts of the globe while neglecting life-threatening health crises under our noses. Dr. Thomas Frieden, who headed the CDC then, is joining a chorus of globalists bashing President Trump's decision to end funding for the CDC's overseas projects in dozens of countries. Frieden charges the cuts will "endanger lives in our country." Sounds scary, but the facts prove otherwise. Trump will spend the money here instead, where it's urgently needed. As Trump searches for a new CDC director, it's time to put America first &#8212; something the agency has neglected. </p> <p>On its core mission &#8212; protecting American health &#8212; the CDC is an abject failure. It dithered while opioid overdose deaths topped 42,000 and obesity deaths soared to 186,000, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Obesity and opioid overdosing are largely to blame for the sudden drop in American life expectancy. <p>Updated: Wed Feb 07, 2018</p> c8515db3b5203ba05541921891755efc Taxaholic Governors Try to Dodge Federal Tax Law for 01/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/18/taxaholic-governors-try-to-dodge-federal-tax-law Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>The governors of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey joined forces last week to announce they're suing Uncle Sam. They're trying to torpedo the new $10,000 ceiling on how much state and local taxes their residents can deduct when paying federal income taxes. </p> <p>The three governors sounded like buffoons, making far-fetched claims that the $10,000 cap violates the U.S. Constitution. Nonsense. Their lawsuit is a public relations stunt to mislead high earners in their states that relief is on the way. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 31, 2018</p> 6894852446699e3efe56b42cff2cff29 Trump Rescues Pro-Life Docs and Nurses for 01/24/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/18/trump-rescues-pro-life-docs-and-nurses Wed, 24 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last Thursday, the Trump administration came to the rescue of pro-life nurses and doctors who accuse hospital employers of pressuring them to perform abortions against their religion. A new Conscience and Religious Freedom office within the Department of Health and Human Services will hear complaints from anti-abortion medical personnel who claim they're getting fired or retaliated against for their beliefs. </p> <p>Abortion rights groups are protesting that this Trump administration initiative amounts to a frontal assault on a woman's right to choose. Abortion rights advocates say doctors and nurses who don't want to perform abortions should go into another line of work. That's ridiculous. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 24, 2018</p> 1393885dcd899364198f65646ec01162 Get Off the Couch If You Want Medicaid for 01/17/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/18/get-off-the-couch-if-you-want-medicaid Wed, 17 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last week, the Trump administration announced it will allow states to impose a "community engagement" requirement on healthy adults getting Medicaid, the public health insurance program for low-income people. So far, 10 states intend to do it, though not welfare-haven New York. To get Medicaid, adults in these states will have to work or look for a job, study for a high school diploma, learn English as a second language, volunteer, get addiction treatment or take care of a family member. In short, they must do something. Democrats and the liberal media call the requirement "cruel" and "pathological." Baloney. There's no reason taxpayers should pick up the tab for able-bodied people who won't get off the couch. </p> <p>Medicaid was created in 1965 as a safety net health program for pregnant women, children and the disabled. Then Obamacare distorted it into permanent insurance, raising the allowable income level and opening it up to healthy adults who refuse to work. The Medicaid rolls now top 74 million, and are projected to reach 87 million within a decade. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 17, 2018</p> 6cfc2fedfee01459e208297c58884fee Single-Payer a Danger for Cancer Patients for 01/10/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/18/single-payer-a-danger-for-cancer-patients Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Today, breast cancer kills 39 percent fewer women than 25 years ago. Prostate cancer kills 52 percent fewer men, the American Cancer Society announced last week. You can thank new technologies that detect cancer early and defeat it for many of the lives saved. Americans diagnosed with most types of cancer have better odds of surviving it in the U.S. than anywhere else on the planet. </p> <p>But watch out. These staggering achievements are at risk. A chorus of Democratic politicians is kicking off 2018 with renewed calls for universal, government-run health care. Leading the pack for single-payer are presidential contenders Senators Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 10, 2018</p> 5439c5ebc0f967bfdd0473927fe56dc3 Renters Win in Tax Law; Dems Lie About It for 01/03/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/betsy-mccaughey/01/18/renters-win-in-tax-law-dems-lie-about-it Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Renters came out winners under the new tax law. For over a century, the federal tax code catered to homeowners and treated renters like second-class citizens. Homeowners have been able to deduct interest on their mortgages and home equity loans, as well as property taxes. Meanwhile, everyone, including renters, footed the bill for these deductions by paying higher rates. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The new tax law at last begins leveling the playing field between renters and homeowners.</span> </p> <p>Millions of New Yorkers and Californians reap the benefits, because these states have among the lowest rates of homeownership in the nation, and renting is common. So ignore the hyperventilating from Democratic politicians that tax reform is a gift to the rich. <p>Updated: Wed Jan 03, 2018</p>