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Old 01-06-2009, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Home, Home on the Front Range
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Seems like a good choice:

Obama Wants Journalist Gupta for Surgeon General | 44 | washingtonpost.com
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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Yes indeed. Someone who KNOWS something about medicine and not twisting public policy to suit idiot bastards like James Dobson.

I hope he picks Michael Jacobson from CSPI to head up the FDA. It's time we got clean, safe, healthy food again.
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Hope, AR
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Does that mean Gupta will have to wear that white quasi-military outfit?
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Idaho Falls
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It doesn't look like he has any administrative experience. Seems like a knowledgeable guy, though. Worked for Hillary before - maybe a fan of universal coverage?
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: los angeles
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Gupta has commented on the efficacy of vitamins in a negative way & stated his belief that universal health care is unnecessary. In my mind, the jury is out on Dr Gupta becoming Surgeon General
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Idaho Falls
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Gupta has commented on the efficacy of vitamins in a negative way & stated his belief that universal health care is unnecessary. In my mind, the jury is out on Dr Gupta becoming Surgeon General
Yeah. PZ is unhappy about this pick, too. I'm getting less impressed.
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Old 01-06-2009, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Well, he wouldn't have been my first choice... but I'm ok with it. After all the Surgeon General is not particularly powerful. Dr. Phil could probably do this job.

It's mostly an educational position, with little direct impact on policy-making. SG's tend to have outspoken personalities, which fits with Gupta. They give out awards, make announcements about health emergencies, and educate the public about various issues. A Surgeon General periodically issues health warnings, but that's usually at the advice of his boss, the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Because they have no power, SG's sometimes make controversial proposals. It brings attention to an issue and they can get away with it because they don't have any power to back it up.

Personally, I'd rather have a more serious scientist and not a celebrity. But at least Gupta isn't likely to promote an abstinence program, so he gets a thumbs up from me.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: The Land of Lincoln
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Yet another unusual choice.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Yet another unusual choice.
He gets criticized when he chooses people who have worked in govt. before, he gets criticized when he chooses "out of the box".
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:53 PM
 
Location: The Land of Lincoln
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He gets criticized when he chooses people who have worked in govt. before, he gets criticized when he chooses "out of the box".
I think it is an unusual choice, simple as that. Reporters for CNN aren't normally the pool for cabinet positions...just sayin'.
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