Mitch came to the defense of Sanjay Gupta in the thread on Maggie Mahar’s post “Doubts About Gupta for Surgeon General.
“I guess I see this differently. One, Gupta is one of the most respected surgeons in the country in his field. Two, his work on TV makes him a natural communicator with the public, which we haven’t had for a very long time. Three, using his TV work to condemn him pretty much says that anyone who’s been in TV should be automatically disqualified for government work. Four, he talked about Anna Nicole Smith because that was his job; not everyone gets to pick and choose what they do or don’t want to do at work. Five, Moore did fudge some of the facts, and if you don’t believe me, ask people in Canada, England, and Australia that live in larger communities how long it takes them to get major procedures unless they pay for it themselves. And six, so he’s against medical marijuana; not every doctor agrees on every single thing. What’s happened to qualifications as guideposts for whether someone is qualified for a position or not? From where I sit, he’s imminently more qualified for the post of surgeon general than Leon Panetta is qualified to be the head of the CIA; true, it’s not a medical comparison, but it’s valid nonetheless. Sounds like a lot of jealousy to me from no-name, if possibly qualified, physicians, who wish it were them than Dr. Gupta.”
Richard Reece MD had this response to Roger Collier’s Sunday morning post “The Siren Song of Public Programs …”
In their frenzy for public programs to expand cover to all, wonk enthusiasts removed from reality conveniently forget the key to making expansion work: physicians. Coverage without physician access is meaningless. And the only federal progam doctors hate more than Medicare is Medicaid. Both are bureaucratic landmines, and both pay considerally less than private coverage.