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Archive for January 10th, 2009

Dr Sanjay Gupta is not qualified for the Surgeon General post!

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Conyers: Gupta not up to S.G. post
By KENNETH P. VOGEL | 1/8/09 7:56 PM EST

Barack Obama’s rumored pick of TV-star surgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta is drawing its first congressional fire, from a senior House Democrat who is rallying colleagues to oppose Gupta.

Gupta certainly would rank as Obama’s most outside-the-box Cabinet choice – putting a 39-year-old celebrity doc voted one of People’s sexiest men alive into the key public health role.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), an ardent supporter of universal healthcare, on Thursday penned a letter to his congressional colleagues asserting the CNN medical correspondent “lacks the requisite experience” to be the nation’s top public health officer.

“It is not in the best interests of the nation to have someone like this who lacks the requisite experience needed to oversee the federal agency that provides crucial health care assistance to some of the poorest and most under served communities in America,” Conyers wrote. (read

Sanjay Gupta’s Skills: Attacking Single-Payer
01/07/2009 by Isabel Macdonald 

Yet judging from Gupta’s evidence-free attack on Michael Moore’s documentary Sicko last year (see FAIR’s Action Alert, 7/11/07), it would seem that surgeon general nominee’s most relevant experience in communicating about healthcare reform is arguing dishonestly against proposals for a single-payer healthcare system.   Read the whole story (LINK

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