POLICY: Carmona rips White House

Richard H. Carmona
, Surgeon General (and new Healthline Board Member BTW) rips the Bush Administration which made him Surgeon General. He says it’s happened for a while, but apparently according to Koop, Satcher and other Surgeon Generals, it’s worse under this Administration.

"The reality is that the ‘nation’s doctor’ has been marginalized and relegated to a position with no independent budget and with supervisors who are political appointees with partisan agendas. Anything that doesn’t fit into the political appointees’ ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried.”

C’mon. Given this White House’s record, is anyone surprised? Should Carmona have been? And of course, when it happened, why didn’t he speak out and quit? Still, it’s good to hear about it now at least.

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  1. I have heard from a friend who works at the FDA that the same has been going on over there; the composition of the advisory committees is “packed” and most decisions are heavily politicized. Not that I am fond of any of the current presidential candidates, but glad there’s a 2 term limit!