Revisiting The Betsy McCaughey Incident

August 27th, 2009 - 7:21 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
betsyDuring her appearance in the “Daily Show” with host Jon Stewart, Betsy McCaughey chewed on a lot more than she could have handled. While meandering her way through the interview, her misinformed comments on the “Obama Health Care Reforms” had triggered a wide ranging public outcry, with the resulting outcome being McCaughey’s resignation from the Cantel Medical Corp.

McCaughey, on her part being the director of the Cantel Medical Corp., was curiously disillusioned about the basic facts of the reform bills. Which, however, did not deter her from embarking on an outright protest against the same.

After the Stewart show was aired, Betsy McCaughey was termed a “serial mis-informer” as well as being the creator of the “death panel” myth. It was evident from the chat show clips that she had wrongly claimed that the page 432 of the House Health Care Reform Bill made it “mandatory” for end of life counseling. It was a clear backtracking from her earlier comments in which she had stated that the Page 425 would be providing “mandatory” end of life counseling.

Well, the fiasco had not exactly got over there itself. Ms. McCaughey had gone ahead and made a statement that a provision on that page aim to “penalize doctors who do not follow or adhere the policies and rules that is set by the government.”

During the show, McCaughey has stated, “..what’s wrong about this - it’s one thing to pay doctors to spend time with their patients discussing this issue. I am not against this. But, putting pressure on doctors to require patients to go through a consultation that’s prescribed by the government and then penalize them..”

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