During his tenure as Surgeon General, Koop was not political. He was not ideological. And he was not quiet (like many of his predecessors had been). He saw his position as a platform to speak to the public, and he used it, surprising both the right and the left along the way.
Republicans are holding up a vote to confirm Surgeon General nominee Regina Benjamin because, basically, of arguments over health care reform.
We are so focused on weight as an indicator of health that we ignore the fact that thinness is not equivalent to being physically fit nor is a higher-than-average weight necessarily an indicator of being “unhealthy.”
Press reports confirm that Dr. Regina Benjamin, Obama’s choice for surgeon general shares the “President’s views” on choice.
Religious right opposes Daschle’s nomination as HHS Secretary; New York legislators to push sex ed, abortion law reform; would Gupta be an independent voice?; smart spending on family planning.
Where does future Surgeon General Dr. Sanjay Gupta stand on reproductive health? He has spoken out for emergency contraception, but reproductive health issues haven’t gotten a starring role on “House Call.”
As surgeon general, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be an effective public advocate for public health goals, but will he be a good administrator and an effective leader of America’s public health professionals?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta Obama’s pick for surgeon general; teen birth rate increases in 26 states; Focus on the Family opposes Daschle confirmation; maternity leave healthier for mothers, babies; University of Wisconsin clinic plans to offer second-trimester abortions; Rick Warren’s Uganda connections.
Obama taps Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s chief medical correspondent, author and speaker as Surgeon General. Gupta, who is said to have signaled he will accept the job, opposed the recently published HHS regulations.