While the New York Times’ picture byline makes you think all three of the former Surgeon Generals who testified felt equal political pressure while in office, in actuality, Carmona’s was more intense. The article notes, Carmona “eventually consulted six previous surgeons general, Republican and Democratic, and all agreed, he said, that he faced more political interference than they had.” Of course, he did! This administration is a machine. Tow the line or you are out. Screw the public who is getting faulty medical information from the “nation’s doctor.”
I think what just may piss me off the most is finding out that Carmona knew abstinence only education was bad science, our prison health system was in disrepair and second hand smoke kills people, yet he still spread the gospel. Conversely, Dr. C. Everett Koop was told by the Reagan administration not to discuss the AIDS crisis, but he still did it. It seems to me that if you are a physician, it is imperative to protect people's health. Perhaps I am wrong.
Well, there goes my last piece of respect for the system. Thank you, “nation’s doctor!”
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