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Obama Names Surgeon General Nominee (Note To GOP: It's A Trap)

AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
edited July 2009 in Debate and/or Discourse
Well, with the hullabaloo that is the Sotomayor hearing, the news has been quiet about Obama's nominee for Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin.

So, why is the good doctor a trap? Well, you tell me:
Regina Benjamin practices as a country doctor in rural Alabama. As founder and CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, Dr. Regina Benjamin is making a difference to the underserved poor in a small fishing village on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. It is a town of about 2500 people, about 80 percent of her patients live below the poverty level, and Dr. Benjamin is their only physician.

...Dr. Benjamin earned an M.B.A. degree in 1991. The same year she was selected for the American Medical Association’s “Unsung Hero Campaign”. In 1995 she was named a “Person of the Week” on ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, and in 1997 she received the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights. She was interviewed by People magazine in the article “Always On Call,” in May, 2002 and was the subject of an “Everyday Heroes” feature in the January 2003 issue of Reader’s Digest.

When her clinic was reduced to rubble by Hurricane Georges in 1998, Dr. Benjamin rolled up her sleeves and helped rebuild it, and continued to serve her patients by making house calls in her 1988 Ford pickup. As she explains her motivation, “I hope I make a difference one person at a time. By making a patient feel better, by being able to tell a mother that her baby is going to be okay. Whether her baby is four or forty-four the look on the mother’s face is the same. I also hope that I am making a difference in my community by providing a clinic where patients can come and receive health care with dignity.”

I have been involved in community activities since high school, and organized medicine such as the American Medical Association and the State medical associations, since medical school. By being involved, working hard and trying to do a good job, I have been elected to positions of leadership. I have remained involved to help improve healthcare in our community. Career-wise I still have a lot to do. We still have a lot of problems with our health care system, the high number of uninsured and underinsured, the need for improved access to healthcare services as well as a need for improved personal responsibility of our own health, good education, clean air, clean water and good work place environments.

Oh, did I mention she's the first black woman to become the president of the Alabama state medical society? How about hitting a trifecta of barrier-breaking when she was named to the board of the AMA, becoming the first woman, woman of color, and person under 40 to sit on said board. Oh, she's also a MacArthur Genius grant recipient as well.

If the Pubbies are smart, they'd write this off as a loss and let the nomination sail through. If the Pubbies are the Pubbies we've all grown to know and love...they're going to come at her with both barrels blazing. Which will not end well for them.

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    Captain CarrotCaptain Carrot Alexandria, VARegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Does this mean that Sessions can't be a complete asshole, since his assent is practically required for her to get this far?

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    deowolfdeowolf is allowed to do that. Traffic.Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    She's not going to be up against a board that, though he sits on it now, denied Sessions a gig twenty years ago, so...

    That being said, Sessions is a huge tool.

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    Captain CarrotCaptain Carrot Alexandria, VARegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Come to think of it, what committee is in charge of vetting her? The Senate analogue to HHS?

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Come to think of it, what committee is in charge of vetting her? The Senate analogue to HHS?

    Probably the same committee that vetted Sebelius.

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    Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Obama sure does like the minority ladies, doesn't he.

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Obama sure does like the minority ladies, doesn't he.

    Care to explain how she's not qualified?

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    Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

    Then why make the insinuations that you did? We're not idiots here - we're more than capable of reading between the lines.

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    He even married a minority lady.

    I bet she was unqualified, too.

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    MedopineMedopine __BANNED USERS regular
    edited July 2009
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

    Then why make the insinuations that you did? We're not idiots here - we're more than capable of reading between the lines.
    hey, don't include the rest of us posters in your righteously indignant "we"

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    Captain CarrotCaptain Carrot Alexandria, VARegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Centipede, your comment did seem somewhat acerbic to me.

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    AdrienAdrien Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Obama sure does like the minority ladies, doesn't he.

    Care to explain how she's not qualified?

    Care to read a little more into that?

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    These days the position is mostly a public relations one, and she seems like an excellent public relations pick. Meh.

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    Centipede DamascusCentipede Damascus Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

    Then why make the insinuations that you did? We're not idiots here - we're more than capable of reading between the lines.

    All I said was what I said. I'm not on the warpath here. Just making an observation.

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    QuidQuid Definitely not a banana Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Medopine wrote: »
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

    Then why make the insinuations that you did? We're not idiots here - we're more than capable of reading between the lines.
    hey, don't include the rest of us posters in your righteously indignant "we"
    Yeah some of us have an actual sense of humor.

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    Premier kakosPremier kakos Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited July 2009
    Damn. The byline got my hopes up that Obama had named Admiral Ackbar to the position. Now, he would have made an excellent Surgeon General. As Admiral of the Rebel Fleet, he converted many of the Nebulon-B frigates into medical ships, greatly increasing the ability for the rebel alliance to successfully treat and rehabilitate fallen soldiers.

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    VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

    Then why make the insinuations that you did? We're not idiots here - we're more than capable of reading between the lines.

    this is one of those things AH where you have to remember people don't always have the worst possible motivations.

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    CervetusCervetus Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I was hoping it would be Joycelyn Elders, the former surgeon general who said we should teach masturbation to kids to stop the spread of STDs, but this is good too.

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    AtomikaAtomika Live fast and get fucked or whatever Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd actually be surprised if the GOP fights this one. There's so much to lose, and almost nothing to gain by her dismissal. What does the Surgeon General actually do anyway, really? Tell kids to stay off drugs and don't smoke?



    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.

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    JacobkoshJacobkosh Gamble a stamp. I can show you how to be a real man!Moderator mod
    edited July 2009
    Damn. The byline got my hopes up that Obama had named Admiral Ackbar to the position. Now, he would have made an excellent Surgeon General. As Admiral of the Rebel Fleet, he converted many of the Nebulon-B frigates into medical ships, greatly increasing the ability for the rebel alliance to successfully treat and rehabilitate fallen soldiers.

    No family should have to go without fair access to life-saving bacta technology.

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    Captain CarrotCaptain Carrot Alexandria, VARegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.
    I think they've been moving towards that, actually. I'm pretty sure Webb and Warner (my two senators) have been against it, unfortunately, since Virginia is still a big tobacco state last I checked. Also, Obama quit smoking before he ran, though I've heard he sneaks the occasional puff now and then.

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    SpoonySpoony Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

    Then why make the insinuations that you did? We're not idiots here - we're more than capable of reading between the lines.

    This is only because you haven't argued in good faith in years.

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    Pi-r8Pi-r8 Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.
    I think they've been moving towards that, actually. I'm pretty sure Webb and Warner (my two senators) have been against it, unfortunately, since Virginia is still a big tobacco state last I checked. Also, Obama quit smoking before he ran, though I've heard he sneaks the occasional puff now and then.

    I remember reading somewhere that quite a few of our presidents were former smokers who picked up the habit again during their campaign.

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    AtomikaAtomika Live fast and get fucked or whatever Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Pi-r8 wrote: »
    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.
    I think they've been moving towards that, actually. I'm pretty sure Webb and Warner (my two senators) have been against it, unfortunately, since Virginia is still a big tobacco state last I checked. Also, Obama quit smoking before he ran, though I've heard he sneaks the occasional puff now and then.

    I remember reading somewhere that quite a few of our presidents were former smokers who picked up the habit again during their campaign.

    I'm not particularly anti-tobacco. Hell, just in the drawers around me I have cigarettes, cigars, and a pipe. I smoke all the time.

    I just think our policy toward its dispersal and subsidizing is beyond the point of conflict of self-interest.

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    zilozilo Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Regina Benjamin practices as a country doctor in rural Alabama. As founder and CEO of the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic, Dr. Regina Benjamin is making a difference to the underserved poor in a s.

    That's where Buford "Bubba" Blue is from, and I believe that hospital is the beneficiary of Forrest Gump's largess.

    Just thought I'd point that out.

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    PantsBPantsB Fake Thomas Jefferson Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I don't see the GOP bothering to fight this much. Its not like the Surgeon General has that much power
    Medopine wrote: »
    Notice how I never said she wasn't.

    Then why make the insinuations that you did? We're not idiots here - we're more than capable of reading between the lines.
    hey, don't include the rest of us posters in your righteously indignant "we"

    Yeah and some of us are idiots!


    Wait.....

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    ethicalseanethicalsean Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    jacobkosh wrote: »
    Damn. The byline got my hopes up that Obama had named Admiral Ackbar to the position. Now, he would have made an excellent Surgeon General. As Admiral of the Rebel Fleet, he converted many of the Nebulon-B frigates into medical ships, greatly increasing the ability for the rebel alliance to successfully treat and rehabilitate fallen soldiers.

    No family should have to go without fair access to life-saving bacta technology.

    When is Obama going to follow through on his promises to invest in non-bacta based medical solutions? I'm tired of this country being the pawn of the Tyferran bacta cartels.

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.
    I think they've been moving towards that, actually. I'm pretty sure Webb and Warner (my two senators) have been against it, unfortunately, since Virginia is still a big tobacco state last I checked. Also, Obama quit smoking before he ran, though I've heard he sneaks the occasional puff now and then.

    With our recent restaurant ban (well, mostly ban), it seems the climate even here is changing.

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    DmanDman Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I don't think there will be serious opposition to this nomination.

    The position may be mostly PR but it does put her in more or less in charge of 6000 people so it's no joke.

    http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/about/index.html

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'd actually be surprised if the GOP fights this one. There's so much to lose, and almost nothing to gain by her dismissal. What does the Surgeon General actually do anyway, really? Tell kids to stay off drugs and don't smoke?



    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.
    I thought Tobacco was now regulated by the FDA. Or was that only cigarettes?

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    ChanusChanus Harbinger of the Spicy Rooster Apocalypse The Flames of a Thousand Collapsed StarsRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    I'd actually be surprised if the GOP fights this one. There's so much to lose, and almost nothing to gain by her dismissal. What does the Surgeon General actually do anyway, really? Tell kids to stay off drugs and don't smoke?



    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.
    I thought Tobacco was now regulated by the FDA. Or was that only cigarettes?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/11/AR2009061100323.html

    Apparently it passed the House and Senate in June.

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    FencingsaxFencingsax It is difficult to get a man to understand, when his salary depends upon his not understanding GNU Terry PratchettRegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Chanus wrote: »
    Fencingsax wrote: »
    I'd actually be surprised if the GOP fights this one. There's so much to lose, and almost nothing to gain by her dismissal. What does the Surgeon General actually do anyway, really? Tell kids to stay off drugs and don't smoke?



    Given Obama being a smoker, I wonder what her approach to tobacco regulation is going to be. Personally, I think it's criminal such a prolific product, known to be addictive and made increasingly so by its distributors, isn't regulated by the FDA.
    I thought Tobacco was now regulated by the FDA. Or was that only cigarettes?

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/11/AR2009061100323.html

    Apparently it passed the House and Senate in June.
    That's what I was talking about.

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    AngelHedgieAngelHedgie Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The argument being put forth as to why Dr. Benjamin is unqualified to be SG?

    She's too fat.

    I wish I was joking.

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    DetharinDetharin Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    To toss a log on the fire, since when are political appointments based on qualifications? She sounds like a brilliant, hard working doctor. However there are quite a few of those out there. Perhaps she is getting the job because she is black, because she is a woman, because she is a black woman, or perhaps none of these are factors. Hell perhaps she is getting the job because she knows where some of the skeletons are buried. Perhaps because she is going to be so difficult to attack (perhaps she has no skeletons in the closest) she is being put forth merely to see what the republican party does.

    Well I wish her the best.

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    HamHamJHamHamJ Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The argument being put forth as to why Dr. Benjamin is unqualified to be SG?

    She's too fat.

    I wish I was joking.

    *facepalm*

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    ArdeArde Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The argument being put forth as to why Dr. Benjamin is unqualified to be SG?

    She's too fat.

    I wish I was joking.

    No * words *

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    EvanderEvander Disappointed Father Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    The argument being put forth as to why Dr. Benjamin is unqualified to be SG?

    She's too fat.

    I wish I was joking.

    You know what, that makes me happy.

    If that's the best they got, then they got nothing.



    That's MUCH easier to deal with than a poorly worded comment about race and experience.

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    CervetusCervetus Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    But that's from the comments section. I would hate for a Republican to think they have the inside scoop into my thought process after reading the comments section of a "BUSH=HITLER" YouTube video.

    Not that I'm exactly counting on Pat Buchanan or Fox and Friends to not bring it up.

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    KalTorakKalTorak One way or another, they all end up in the Undercity.Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    jacobkosh wrote: »
    Damn. The byline got my hopes up that Obama had named Admiral Ackbar to the position. Now, he would have made an excellent Surgeon General. As Admiral of the Rebel Fleet, he converted many of the Nebulon-B frigates into medical ships, greatly increasing the ability for the rebel alliance to successfully treat and rehabilitate fallen soldiers.

    No family should have to go without fair access to life-saving bacta technology.

    When is Obama going to follow through on his promises to invest in non-bacta based medical solutions? I'm tired of this country being the pawn of the Tyferran bacta cartels.

    I don't want a bureaucrat standing between me and my floating medical droid.

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    Captain CarrotCaptain Carrot Alexandria, VARegistered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Cervetus wrote: »
    But that's from the comments section. I would hate for a Republican to think they have the inside scoop into my thought process after reading the comments section of a "BUSH=HITLER" YouTube video.

    Not that I'm exactly counting on Pat Buchanan or Fox and Friends to not bring it up.

    Unfortunately, I think it's pretty accurate.

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