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Betsy McCaughey
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    (1948- )
    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Birth name was Elizabeth Helen Peterken
    Lieutenant Governor of New York (1995-98)
    Opponent of the health care reform plans of Presidents Clinton (1994) and Obama (2009)
    She has been married and divorced twice.
    When Governor George Pataki dropped her from the ticket for his second term, she switched her party affiliation and tried to win the Democratic nomination for governor.
    Her most damaging claims about the Clinton health plan -- 'the law will prevent you from going outside the system to buy basic health coverage you think is better' and 'doctor[s] can be paid only by the plan, not by you' -- were directly contradicted by the actual text of the legislation.
    She falsely claimed the Obama health care plan 'would make it mandatory … that people [on] Medicare [be told] how to end their lives sooner,' kicking off the 'death panels' hysteria.
    Her PhD dissertation on William Samuel Johnson won Columbia University's Bancroft Award for outstanding dissertation in American history.
    Accurate or not, her attacks on the Clinton health plan were effective, with Tom Wolfe saying 'that one article shot down the entire blimp.'
    A Washington Post profile (1995) said, 'Her toothy good looks, body-conscious suits, Vassar BA and Columbia PhD reduced right-wingers to mush.'

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