Betsy and the Bubbleheads


In a heated and sometimes vitriolic debate Monday night, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) repeatedly called out former Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey for lying about health care reform. He said debating her was like “debating a pyromaniac in a straw man factory,” prompting intense and immediate reaction from the audience.

“Debate like a man!” hollered one bespectacled, middle-aged man. Another quieted the ensuing shouts with, “This is his speaking time, not yours!”

Weiner and McCaughey arguably represent the furthest ends of the health care reform spectrum. Weiner is a progressive Congressman who wants a single-payer, government run health care system. McCaughey, who recently posited that reform may lead to government-mandated euthanasia, helped kill the Clintons’ health care plan in the 90s.

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Betsy Bubblegum and some of her gal pals: Michele Batshit Bachmann, Virginia Gummint’ll Kill Ya Foxx, Ginny Drop Dead Brown-Waite, and Princess Sarah Death Panel Palin

The “Lincoln-Douglas-style debate,” hosted by Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century and held at the NYU Medical Center, lasted nearly two hours. For much of that, the pair seemed engaged in two entirely different debates.

Weiner argued that the only way to truly fix American health care, both slowing the growth of health care spending and increasing coverage, is to institute a single-payer, government-run plan.

McCaughey said slowing the growth of health care spending is itself a wrong-headed, dangerous goal that will end in lower quality care and unemployed doctors.

And besides, who needs it?

“Americans spend more on health care because they can afford more,” she said.

After the two gave their opening statements, the moderator, Politico’s Ben Smith, asked questions, including one near-grilling of McCaughey on whether there’s any place to save money in health care.

“Government controls are a blunt instrument,” she began.

“But is there another way to do it?” Smith cut in.

“Let me finish,” she said. After more dodging, an audience member shouted, “Answer the question!”

“We can encourage people to lead healthier lifestyles,” she said.

But that libertarianism doesn’t extend to her pet cause. McCaughey is the founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, and Smith asked if she would support government controls there, in the form of incentives for hospitals that follow guidelines for preventing infection, and penalties for those who don’t.

Her committee “fully supports” that sort of government intervention, she said. “I’m in favor of rewarding hospitals” for following the rules. And penalties for not doing so? The punishment will be “forcing them to treat infections without being reimbursed.”

Weiner was incredulous. That’s what we’re trying to do, he said.

Weiner had opened by trying to discredit McCaughey before she even got started.

Elements of the health care debate “have just been bad,” Weiner said in his opening remarks. “Unfortunately, the woman I’m debating tonight is part of that.”


“She points out page numbers from a House bill, he said, but “the page numbers have nothing to do with what she talks about.”

True to form, McCaughey did often cite page numbers, ignoring Weiner’s protests she was reading the wrong bill. (Her giant binder, he said, had an old version of the bill. The Energy and Commerce Committee voted on a different text, the chairman’s mark.)

McCaughey accused her opponent of not working for the people of New York, of trying to “snatch away the purses from little old ladies.” At one point she snatched away his microphone, demanding that he answer a question.


Weiner said the underlying problem in the health care debate, the million dollar question, is, “How do we contain the cost spiral we’re on now? … It’s unsustainable.”

McCaughey argued that American health care is expensive because it’s the best in the world. “We earn more, and we can afford more,” she said.

“Is this sustainable?” she asked. “Yes.” If we try to lower spending, she said, it “would be a body blow to New York’s health care workers, hospitals and patients.”

McCaughey thinks the current bills go too far and that Congress should slow down, taking maybe all four years of Obama’s presidency to pass reform. Weiner, on the other hand, doesn’t believe the public option is strong enough — and has no respect for the Senate Finance Committee bill.

(Watch the whole debate at the TPM link above)

From Jason Linkins at THE HUFFINGTON POST:

[Betsy McCaughey] ended up on Dylan Ratigan’s Morning Meeting with Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). There was a brief, mad moment where I thought that this might end well, but it didn’t.

I’m getting used to the tactics McCaughey deploys in situations like this: heavy-duty pretense that she supports health care reform, the Palin-esque answer-a-question-with-an-answer-to-a-question-of-her-liking technique, the ability to quickly provide information and opinion that’s completely beside the point, et cetera. Unfortunately, Ratigan wanted to have a discussion on health care competition and cost containment, and that didn’t dovetail too well with what McCaughey prefers to do in such a debate: set aside all substantive issues so that she can fearmonger about seniors being killed by the government.

McCaughey did her best, though, defaulting to the secondary position of insisting that there wasn’t enough tort reform in the bill. Ratigan was quick to point out that as a cost-containment measure, tort reform would be a spectacularly insignificant one: “Why would you start with tort reform when you have an aniti-trust exemption for insurance companies?” Weiner attempted to inject actual facts, noting that the CBO determined that eliminating 30 percent of all tort claims would yield marginal savings of .04 percent, because most of the states already cap tort claims.

And so, McCaughey just unleashed her SENIOR CITIZEN HEALTH CARE APOCALYPSE nonsense, accusing Weiner of being ignorant and telling Ratigan that he wasn’t a “fair moderator,” to which Ratigan replied, “Well, you’re not a fair answerer.” Ratigan gamely attempted to get McCaughey to reconcile how she’d continue to provide the current level of unsustainable funding to Medicare without updating the system to address its inefficiencies, to no avail.

(Watch poor Betsy Bubblegum being “victimized” at the HuffPo link above. It’s hilarious!)


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15 responses to “Betsy and the Bubbleheads

  1. Ugh, Betsy McGagMe! She says so many things that hurt my head, heart, and stomach, that I don’t have time to decide which thing that comes out of her mouth bothers the most. Suffice to say that I watched some of her performance on Dylan Ratigan’s show and thought she deserved everything she got. True, Dylan wasn’t “fair” but lies don’t deserve equal treatment with the truth.

    • betsy wetsy is such an ingenuous smarmy shrew. she deserves to be smacked down at every opportunity. you’d think she’d be embarrassed to even show her face after she made a fool of herself on the daily show, but it seems that betsy wetsy has no shame whatsoever.

      • writechic

        Great image! Captures the plastic deep down. πŸ˜‰

        (Ratigan ate Betsy for lunch. He was all zero tolerance bullshit. That’s not an easy thing to do live, but she made it a cakewalk for him.)

        • it was a thing of beauty! i don’t think people respond well to the whole ‘i’m a victim’ line. she’s victimized herself by being a lying bitch. it’s not the other person’s fault for pointing that out.

  2. helenwheels

    I absolutely LOVE the poster! Incredible, nonnie. And the names…. LOL! Perfect.

    I don’t even know why anyone allows that idiot on TV. All that spinning must make her dizzy.

    Yeah you’d think after being humiliated on the Daily Show she’d get some sense. Very weird, she must be paid a lot to get the lies out there.

    • thanks helen!

      i think they allow her on tv, because she’s such a train wreck. the kool-aid drinkers believe everything that comes out of her mouth, the rethugs use her as a trial balloon to see how far they can push the batshit crazy envelope, and the dems will tune in to watch her implode.

      i don’t think she has the humiliation gene. she thinks she’s all that, and any evidence to the contrary is just a result of everyone being jealous of her. what a piece of work. πŸ™„

  3. jacksmith

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  4. betsy mccrackpot ross (she was ross at one time – and not that Betsy Ross) – was lt gov for like 2 seconds here in NY

    she is a rich elitist douchette that has zero conception of what life would be like if she had to pay a bill

    • she’s a joke. i hope she continues to make a complete fool of herself publicly. the funniest thing is that she’s being used as a tool by the rethug party. they funnel their crap through her to see what will fly. she’s so arrogant, she probably thinks they are her friends.

      • she has no friends – she was the kid in elementary school that when she sat down, the entire table would get up

        (there you go – do a post on Heathers…..)

        • i bet everyone borrowed money from her, never paid her back, and then ignored her. she thought they all just forgot, because she just knew that everyone loved her. πŸ™„

  5. Possibly your best poster yet!

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