Posts Tagged ‘Harry Reid’


Cartoon: You’re Gonna Have to Trust Us

January 25, 2010


The Good Doctor

January 12, 2009

The Good Doctor


Health Care: Barack Obama considers neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta for surgeon general, and fellow Democrats grouse. Is it because he’s unqualified? No, it’s because they think he opposes nationalized health care.

Leading the charge against Gupta is Rep. John Conyers, who has introduced legislation that would force Americans into a nationalized medical care system. The Michigan Democrat is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee chairman and therefore has no vote or formal role in the appointment process for surgeon general. Yet, “he is lobbying the Senate and the incoming president to reject Gupta,” according to The Hill newspaper.

In a “Dear Colleague” letter, Conyers, who has someone else in mind for the post, told fellow lawmakers it’s “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 underserved communities in America.”

Conyers has also made his case to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who does have a part in the appointment process, and who had plans to call Obama directly.

Gupta, who is not only a highly regarded neurosurgeon but a professor and CNN medical correspondent, is also opposed by Michael Moore, with whom he had a 2007 television run-in. Moore happens to be a good friend of Conyers, a supporter of nationalized health care and opponent of Gupta’s appointment.

Involved on the periphery is New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. He blogged Tuesday that he has a problem not with Gupta’s qualifications but his “mugging” of Moore over the 2007 documentary “Sicko” and how Gupta “accused Moore of lying.”

Krugman, another long-time advocate for national health care, says Gupta’s nomination is “a small thing.” But it’s “another example of the lack of accountability that always seems to be the rule when you get things wrong in a socially acceptable way,” he adds.

Rather than be flayed by the likes of Krugman, Gupta should be recognized for the public service he performed by fact-checking Moore, a propagandist who has a history of staging scenes to support his point of view and deceiving his audience.

If the campaign for nationalized health care is, as Conyers puts it, “done for” should Gupta get the job, then anyone truly interested in public health should hope that Gupta is quickly ushered into his new job. The U.S. needs universal care like Canadians need even longer waits for treatment under their version of what Conyers, Krugman, Moore, et al. have in mind.