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Showing posts with label Surgeon GeneralDr. Sanjay Gupta. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Surgeon GeneralDr. Sanjay Gupta. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: New Surgeon General?

Apparently Dr. Sanjay Gupta, of CNN fame, has accepted the job of Surgeon General. And now the news media is talking about how appropriate this choice may be. But, Rep. John Conyers has written a letter to Democratic colleagues urging them to join him in publicly opposing the nomination of Dr. Sanjay Gupta for Surgeon General.

Even doth , Conyers, the veteran Judiciary Committee chairman, writes that Gupta "lacks the requisite experience needed to oversee the federal agency that provides crucial health care assistance," and requests that fellow Democrats join him "in signing a letter to President-Elect Barack Obama that Dr. Sunjay Gupta not be nominated for the post". Now, I believe it can't possible be all about experience because president-elect was lacking in experience also.

It's more about him accusing filmmaker Michael Moore of inaccuracy
"when the truth was that on every one of the allegedly fudged facts, Moore was actually right and CNN was wrong." Gupta and CNN would later acknowledge making a mistake and apologize on air. Others have questioned whether he is the right conduit for Obama's health care agenda, and whether or not he has ethical conflicts of interest stemming from the corporate sponsors of his show.

He's a medical doctor. And he clearly knows what the issues are since he is on the front lines with daily news deadlines which also means he can communicate and hustle......probably all qualities that will serve him well as Surgeon General. I think it is quite fine that the choice is not a government official. It is kind of refreshing, actually. Especially when you consider government officials came up with a "donut hole" for medication coverage for seniors. That program would never had sold in the private sector. CNN's Dr. Gupta is known for promoting a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise for longterm health.