Last night, Aug. 20th, Jon Stewart had a lengthy interview with Betsy McCaughey, former Lt. Gov. of NY under George Pataki, 1995-1998. She is, apparently, not the originator of the term "death panels" but the originator of the concept which Sarah Palin to the dismay, hysteria or fanfare of Americans, depending on which side of the health care fence they are on.
She walked on the set of The Daily Show last night carrying, she said, one half of House Bill 3200, the oh-so-wildly debated health care reform bill. She was there to underline her position on why this bill is bad, constantly referring to a specific paragraph on pages 425-430, which she then spent the majority of the show trying to find and read to Jon Stewart. Besides being under prepared for the timing demands of the show (no pages bookmarked, no paragraphs highlighted), her interpretation of the excerpts she read aloud was contradictory to what I heard and what Jon Stewart had read and interpreted.
"Did you ever think of putting Post-It notes on the page?" Stewart inquired at one point.
I don't know if this woman is genuinely confused or if she's part of the conspiracy to confuse the public but it's hard to believe she's a former Lt. Gov and sits on some medical board. Can you imagine this woman making any significant decisions for you, least of all medical decisions?
Below is the rest of the interview, done off-air.