Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, envisioned a Great American Community at his inaugural ceremony. With the flags of 50 states behind him, Murthy began the ceremony in a white shirt and tie, but concluded wearing the decorated coat of a Vice Admiral.
Over the past couple years, I have written about some extraordinary young immigrants in our country. Common to all of these personal success stories has been the quiet assistance of a single organization, The Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans.
Barack Obama is the second Honorable Mention recipient this week, for his impressive public opinion polling on job approval in January. He had his best month (measured by month-to-month improvement) of his entire second term, and the fourth-best month he's ever had as president.
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy has joined the growing chorus of top medical professionals and organizations in favor of reforming marijuana laws to allow access for medical purposes.
As 2014 closes, I want to take a moment to look back at what We the People accomplished in health policy and health justice this year. By celebrating these accomplishments, I hope our community of activists can find inspiration to keep up the hard work that waits for us in 2015.
We must take action to ensure that our surgeon general is insulated from politics to allow him to focus and share the best science available with the American people. Equal energy should be spent on calling for reform of the position as is spent on calls for the confirmation of Murthy.
On days like today, when this country faces incredibly tough public health challenges, it is Vivek Murthy who is the best voice of science and diplomacy.
Ebola scares. Antivaccination fads. Rampant obesity. Never has the U.S. been in more urgent need of a Surgeon General. The current nominee, Dr. Murthy, is an outstanding candidate who should have been approved and in place months ago to deal with these urgent challenges. Unfortunately, Congress refuses to take action.
If we expect our nation to be prepared for the potential outbreak of a disease, we need a Surgeon General on the job. It's the Surgeon General who can make sure that science and established facts dictate our response, rather than politics or innuendo.
As we face a plague that could spread with the scale and devastation of AIDS, Congress is once again playing partisan and petty politics.
It is time to consider the possibility of disbanding Congress and turning over governance of the country to the National Rifle Association.
Most of us never register the scale of gun deaths in America. But doctors like Vivek Murthy who are often on the front line of our country's social problems know this scale all to well.
We are a society at war with ourselves as well as with much of the world. Gun control in various forms may contain that war, but only a shift in consciousness will end it. That shift must include the realization that power requires more than the means to point, shoot, kill.
The physician that President Obama nominated to be the next Surgeon General sees gun violence as a public health issue, and the NRA has made it clear that any politician they bankroll must vote against his nomination.
In light of blustering jingoists, is Obama weak or wise on Russia-Crimea? Then: Has DuBois's 'color line' been crossed by Ryan, Rangel or Rand? Will Dems lose it all in '14 but run the table in '16?
What kind of doctor would get the NRA's stamp of approval? Because any doctor who disagrees with the fact that guns pose a threat to health will not have credibility with the medical or public health community, and would be a disgrace to the title of Surgeon General.