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12 July 2007

The Nation's Doctor?

The New York Times website has an article up headlined Surgeon General Sees 4-Year Term as Compromised. Just a few excerpts should prove once again that the George Bush presiduncy is NOT about the people or their health.
Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.

The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues.
Dr. Carmona said he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches.
And administration officials even discouraged him from attending the Special Olympics because, he said, of that charitable organization’s longtime ties to a “prominent family”
Dr. Carmona said that at first he was so politically naïve that he had little idea how inappropriate the administration’s actions were. He eventually consulted six previous surgeons general, Republican and Democratic, and all agreed, he said, that he faced more political interference than they had.
I can't say that any of this comes as a surprise. It does, however, piss me off all over again.

  • On 7/12/2007 12:56 PM, Blogger Ambassador said…

    Arrgghh. More Bushit. And the official response from the White House?

    "It's disappointing to us if he failed to use his position to the fullest extent in advocating for policies he thought were in the best interests of the nation," said Deputy Press Secretary Tony Fratto. "We believe Dr. Carmona received the support necessary to carry out his mission." can't use your position if you're hogtied. Keep up the good posts - found you through Soccer Mom! Ken

  • On 7/12/2007 1:50 PM, Blogger Hammer said…

    I don't think the government shoud have anything to do with healthcare in the first place.

    Mixing politics and money with peoples lives never works whether it's Democrat or Republican.

  • On 7/12/2007 2:01 PM, Blogger Howard said…

    It makes me wonder if things are change for the better or it'll all just crash around all of us. Unfortunately, I feel more and more that it's the latter.

  • On 7/12/2007 6:15 PM, Blogger cathouse teri said…

    Hey wait! I already read this! Stop that! :)

    But you're right. It's worth spreading.

  • On 7/12/2007 8:29 PM, Blogger soccer mom in denial said…

    Grrrrrr..... who VOTED for the president? Please stand up and hold yourself accountable for this, this, oh I'm going to write it


  • On 7/12/2007 8:50 PM, Blogger soccer mom in denial said…

    Ack. While cleaning up I could get hammer's comment out of my mind. Of COURSE a responsible government should be involved in our health care:

    1. Do you like having clean drinking water? That's public health.

    2. Do you know any old people? As in older than 65? They all get their health care from MEDICARE which is, deep breath, GOVERNMENT RUN medicine.

    3. Who pays for the majority of research into new drugs and therapies? That's right - the National Institutes of Health.

    Hammer the big-government-is-bad is exactly what the conversatives want us to believe.

  • On 7/13/2007 8:44 AM, Blogger Tonya said…

    when's jesus coming back? i'm lobbying the big J to take these assholes and get them out of my otherwise favorite world.

    Why jesus, why won't you just come back already?

  • On 7/14/2007 2:26 AM, Blogger Jenn in Holland said…

    That was rich Jami.

    I am pissed alongside you, babe. Ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous.


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