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Former Surgeons General Decry Political Interference

July 11, 2007 04:29 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
A congressional panel hears that the role of America’s top doctor has become increasingly politicized; the nominee for surgeon general faces allegations of ideological bias at his confirmation hearing.

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On July 10, former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona complained that White House officials compromised his scientific integrity.

Carmona was nominated by President George W. Bush and occupied the post from 2002 to 2006.

His voice was joined by that of Dr. C. Everett Koop, surgeon general under President Ronald Reagan. Koop said that the White House limited the power of the surgeon general’s office during his successor David Satcher’s time under President Clinton.

“Dr. Carmona was treated with even less respect than Dr. Satcher,” Koop added.

The former surgeons general appeared before a congressional panel inquiring into Dr. James Holsinger’s nomination for the position.

Their testimony adds weight to accusations that Holsinger’s nomination is politically motivated. Those claims have focused on a 1991 paper he wrote that defined homosexual practices as unnatural and unhealthy.

Carmona is the latest in a string of federal science officials to complain about political pressure from the White House.


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Dr. James Holsinger Jr.
Vice Admiral Richard H. Carmona
President George W. Bush
Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Kenneth P. Moritsugu


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