Betsy McCaughey Responds: I Don’t Take Money From Big Pharma

Betsy McCaughey responds to to Keith Olberman’s claim that she’s a spokeswoman for Big Pharma:

I am not paid by the pharmaceutical industry or by the Hudson Institute. I hold only an honorary Fellows position at Hudson, and take no money or benefits from it. If Keith Olbermann has the courage, I invite him to debate me on his program.

The Obama administration promised transparency, but gave us a sleight of hand. Slipped into the stimulus bill are provisions that change healthcare in major ways. If these provisions are so good for us, why are they hidden in a stimulus bill and rushed through Congress?

Transparency is not a partisan issue. Good people may differ on their health care views. But who can argue with the fact that the health provisions in the stimulus bill should be removed and offered as separate legislation, so that the nation can consider the long term consequences and make an informed decision?

McCaughey’s right; “transparency is not a partisan issue.” It’s a standard she has never adopted. As the Wonk Room reported on Friday, McCaughey received over $67,000 from a biotechnology firm, but failed to disclose her financial conflict of interest to readers of her Bloomberg editorial. She has yet to show the “courage” to explain that particular entanglement.


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