According to 'the United States Department of Health and Human Services', "The Surgeon General
serves as America's chief health educator by providing Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury....There is absolutely nothing in it's mandate about trying to maintain the status quo of the current administration or the GOP.
Among its duties is to articulate scientifically based health policy analysis and advice to the President and the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) on the full range of critical public health, medical, and health system issues facing the Nation.
But in light of the clear mission of the Office of the Surgeon General, why do we find this story not surprising?
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first U.S. surgeon general appointed by President George W. Bush accused the administration on Tuesday of political interference and muzzling him on key issues like embryonic stem cell research.
"Anything that doesn't fit into the political appointees' ideological, theological or political agenda is ignored, marginalized or simply buried," Dr. Richard Carmona, who served as the nation's top doctor from 2002 until 2006, told a House of Representatives committee.
"The problem with this approach is that in public health, as in a democracy, there is nothing worse than ignoring science, or marginalizing the voice of science for reasons driven by changing political winds. The job of surgeon general is to be the doctor of the nation, not the doctor of a political party," Carmona added.
Carmona should be relieved he was only muzzled and not sent to a labor camp for trying to provide the US with the latest scientific public health information. But with Bush, the anti -intellectual head of a party in which 68% of its members do not believe in evolution, it seems that the open pursuit of science, must place second to the over-riding administration wish, to protect the party faithful, even at the cost of the health of the country.
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