Monday, 15 December 2014

Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general


16 December, 2014, U.S., USA NEWS CORP

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The Senate approved President Obama's nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy to serve as U.S. surgeon general, despite opposition from Republicans and some Democrats over his support for gun control.
Dailymail reported that Vivek Murthy attracted opposition from gun-rights advocates because of his belief that doctors should ask patients about guns in the home. He founded Doctors for Obama, a campaign group that supported the Obamacare law. 51-37 vote barely cleared the bar just days before the GOP takes control of the Senate and will run all its committees. Murthy, 37, a physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, won confirmation on a vote of 51-43. He's a co-founder of Doctors for America – originally called Doctors for Obama – a group that has pushed for affordable health care and supports Obama's health care law. Wyoming Republican Sen. John Barrasso said most of Murthy's career has been spent as an activist focused on gun control and other political issues, rather than on treating patients. 'Americans don't want a surgeon general who might use this position of trust to promote his own personal campaign against the Second Amendment of the Constitution,' Barrasso said. Supporters said Murthy is well-qualified and noted his promise not to use the position as a bully pulpit for gun control. The president nominated Murthy a year ago, but some Republicans and the National Rifle Association criticized his gun-control views. Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative Republican, called Murthy an “anti-gun activist.” Murthy, 37, a Yale Medical School graduate who is a physician at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital and instructor at Harvard Medical School, also advocated the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature health initiative, which is anathema to most Republicans. However few Americans see it in racial / native color. Murthy has been endorsed by over 100 health organisations, including the American College of Physicians, the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. And Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), an orthopedic surgeon, credited Murthy's academic credentials but said he is still unqualified for the position.  


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