Betsy McCaughey

Betsy McCaughey, Ph.D., is a patient advocate, chairman and founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, and a former Lt. Governor of New York State.

Hospitals Pulling the Plug Against Families’ Wishes

 

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,” […]

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South Dakota v. Wayfair Taxing the Internet

Will the Supreme Court OK the States’ Latest Tax Grab?

 

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 […]

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Hospital infections drug-resistant bacteria

This Hospital Bed May Kill You

 

Danger lurks for hospital patients in a place they’d least expect it — 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 […]

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Marching Orders for Trump’s New VA Secretary

 

Since President Trump ousted Veterans Administration Secretary David Shulkin, the question reverberating in Washington is whether Trump’s new pick, Admiral 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.” Experience is overrated. President Obama’s VA Secretary, Robert McDonald, failed miserably, […]

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Do You Have a DNR? The Wrong Answer Could Kill You

 

Patients beware. When you’re admitted to a hospital, you’re routinely encouraged to sign a DNR, short for Do Not Resuscitate order. Don’t assume it will apply only in extreme circumstances. New research shows having those three letters — DNR — on your chart could put you on course to getting less medical and nursing care […]

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Obamacare Insurers’ Money Grab

 

Guess who’s on the hook in one of the largest lawsuits ever? You. Over a hundred 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 amount to a whopping $15 billion. A ruling from […]

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Don’t Buy Free Trade Myths

 

President Donald Trump’s new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are facing an avalanche of false criticism. Naysayers argue tariffs will raise prices, spark a trade war, and do nothing to bolster America’s military preparedness — the official rationale for the move. But in wartime, aluminum, and steel are essential to make tanks, planes, and […]

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Antibiotics Unearthed to Kill Superbugs

 

Top public health authorities descended on Capitol Hill last Thursday to sound the alarm about a grim future without antibiotics. These life-saving drugs are losing their mojo as germs adapt to them. It’s a process scientists call antibiotic resistance. In the U.S., two million people a year fall victim to drug-resistant infections, 23,000 die, and […]

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Labor Thuggery at the Supreme Court

 

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. The Court heard oral arguments challenging laws in 22 states and the District of Columbia that force public employees to pay unions to represent […]

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Latest Trump Accusers Are Not #MeToo Women

 

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 […]

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