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Betsy McCaughey Addresses New York Times: Charges of Falsehoods But No Evidence
Date:9/5/2009

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reporter Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times published a profile of me. (September 5, 2009) Mr. Rutenberg accused me of making false statements, but gave no evidence. Below you will see the evidence proving my statements are true. Mr. Rutenberg is the one writing falsehoods. When Mr. Rutenberg requested a personal interview, I declined because personality profiles are not what's needed. The focus should be on the health bills, not on personalities.

After a careful reading of H.R. 3200 and the Kennedy bill, I have explained the dangers of these bills in numerous articles. For the most part, these substantive issues are not discussed in Mr. Rutenberg's profile. He did make two claims that need to be addressed: He claimed, without providing evidence, that I "incorrectly" depicted the end of life consultation program in H.R. 3200 and he claimed that I falsely described Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel's views in a 1996 Hastings Center publication. Because these claims are important to the medical care of the American people and to my own credibility, they must be addressed.

Mr. Rutenberg sent me a list of written questions before writing his profile, and I responded in writing. Here are the e-mailed answers I sent him verbatim. He did not include this evidence in his profile or rebut it.

ON END OF LIFE COUNSELING:

Partisans for the legislation claim it simply provides Medicare coverage for end of life counseling sessions. That would have taken one or two lines in the bill, not six pages.

The bill lists what "shall" must be covered in the consultations, a decision that should be left to the patient and doctor, not prescribed by government. (425-430) The bill's partisans say the consultation sessions are voluntary. But if there is a penalty for noncompliance, then it is not voluntary, regardless of wh
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