After answering several questions about politics and healthcare, Charles Krauthammer fielded a change-up inquiry about baseball.

Dr. Jim Boyle, a local oral surgeon asked Krauthammer, a Pulitzer Prize winner and FOX News contributor, what he thought of top baseball players not getting into the sports Hall of Fame because of steroid use.

"If you cheated, you're not in the hall of fame," Krauthammer said. "If I find anybody juicing on the panel at FOX, I'm turning them in."

Spotlight: Krauthammer spoke with several York County residents during a press conference held for him Wednesday at the Yorktowne Hotel just hours before his appearance at the Junior League of York's "In the Spotlight" Speaker Series event at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York City.

Krauthammer just released a book, "Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics," which has become a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.

He joins a prestigious list of past "In the Spotlight" speakers, including Walter Cronkite, Margaret Thatcher, George H.W. Bush and Cal Ripken Jr.

Krauthammer, who writes a syndicated column for The Washington Post, focuses mainly on the nation's politics. He also is a baseball fan.

Boyle, a Wrightsville resident, said he reads Krauthammer's work and watches him on FOX and agrees with Krauthammer's comments about the Hall of Fame.

"America doesn't like cheaters," Boyle said. "America likes a level-playing field and not just in baseball, but for everything we do."


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Obamacare: During the press conference, Krauthammer —who had been a chief resident in psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital — also discussed "Obamacare," formally known as the Affordable Care Act, which is supported by President Barack Obama's administration.

Krauthammer said Obamacare has created a nightmare for physicians who are now hiring scribes to electronically create and maintain patients' records, resulting in increased overhead costs. Obamacare has caused confusion nationwide with medical and insurance professionals, clients and patients having to figure out how to make sense of it, he said.

Boyle said he has experienced similar issues at his office in Springettsbury Township because of Obamacare.

"I think (Kauthammer) is a very intelligent man, and his research is thorough," Boyle said. "He just speaks from the facts as opposed to emotion. He deserves to be listened to by all, regardless of what their political thoughts are."

Krauthammer's visit is part of the Junior League of York's tradition of bringing famous and esteemed public speakers to the area, said Wilda Alessi, president of the Junior League, which promotes volunteerism and leadership development and conducts fundraising projects to assist local organizations.

"Our hope is we're presenting a cultural event for our citizens," she said. "We like to bring in people who are leaders in their (fields) to speak to our community."

—Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.