I was sorry to see The Star Democrat publish a white grievance screed titled “Ethnic studies latest ploy to brainwash kids” by Betsy McCaughey, especially since white supremacist domestic terrorism has been on the rise ever since Donald Trump was elected and the newspaper neglected to alert the reader to the author’s disgraceful past in making false claims. So, I’ll try to educate the reader to that past by citing one instance of her thoroughly discrediting herself including before a national audience.

Ms. McCaughey, who tried to pass herself off as health expert, was adamantly opposed to the Affordable Care Act and stated in 2009: “One of the most shocking things I found in this bill, and there were many, is on page 425 where Congress would make it mandatory — absolutely require — that every five years, people in Medicare have a required counseling session that will tell them how to end their life sooner.” This ugly claim gave rise to the bizarre “death panels” right wing lie. She went so far as to carry a complete copy of the Affordable Care Act onto the stage of a nationally broadcast TV talk show and make the exact same claim, hoping the prop would fool the audience. When the host asked her to find page 425 and read directly from it, she “discovered” that the page was somehow “missing,” exposing her fraud for everyone to see. There was no such passage in the Affordable Care Act legislation and she knew it.

Donald Trump considered her for Secretary of Health and Human Services, undoubtedly because she hated Obamacare and the former president just as he does, but her consideration for the job was shot down by virtually all real health experts from across the political spectrum, so he was forced to withdraw her name.

No one should take any of her claims seriously given her sorry record of blatant falsehoods.

MIKE BROWN

Cambridge

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