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The Doctor is In - Alabama's Benjamin Confirmed as Surgeon General

by: mediagadfly

Thu Oct 29, 2009 at 19:56:44 PM CDT


(Hip, hip, hooray!! - promoted by mooncat)

Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin

From AL.com, Bayou La Batre's Dr. Regina Benjamin has finally been confirmed as our new Surgeon General!

Dr. Benjamin was first chosen in July, and her nomination went to the full Senate for a vote on October 7th - where it was held up by Senate Republicans over an unrelated dispute regarding an insurance company 'gag order' intended to prevent Medicare recipients from receiving disingenuous information about health care reform.

Senate Republicans finally allowed her nomination to come to a full vote today after Senator Reid (thanks!) lambasted them for preventing the confirmation of officials key to combating the H1N1 epidemic.

Dr. Benjamin is an incredible medical professional and this is fantastic news. A reminder on some of her many qualifications for the position, from Shakesville:

President Obama has chosen to serve as surgeon general Dr. Regina Benjamin, a rural, Gulf Coast family physician, MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, a Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights recipient, the first black woman to head a state medical society, and the first woman, first African-American woman, and first person younger than 40 to sit on the board of trustees of the American Medical Association.

Thankfully the concern trolling about her weight died down pretty quickly too - here's hoping her confirmation doesn't reinvigorate it.

Definitely a double-whammy of (rare) positive news from Congress this week!

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If they judge year old babies for being overweight, nothing can (4.00 / 3)
surprise me anymore. This is a great appointment and it's about time the Rethugs stopped playing politics with such an important position.

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

And then there are the underweight babies (4.00 / 1)
Big Insurance won't cover them either.  Too much baby fat, no coverage.  Too little baby fat, no coverage.  The Corprats want their babies just right.  I weighed 29 pounds in first grade so health insurance would have been right out -- irrelevant since my parents couldn't afford insurance for any of us.

I'm so proud of Dr. Benjamin and I know she's going to make America and Alabama proud!  Unlike certain Senators who held up her confirmation for months.

Work harder and work smarter!


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Yes, it is about time they stopped playing games (4.00 / 2)

But they won't.

So we are forced to point out their games, and their toddler-like behavior, everytime they throw themselves on the floor and roll to and fro, kicking and screaming.

Might be fun...

 



Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.
- John Adams


[ Parent ]
And one of them... (4.00 / 2)
even wears diapers.

Only after the last tree has been cut down. Only after the last fish has been caught. Only after the last river has been poisoned. Only then will you realize that money cannot be eaten. Cree Nation Tribal Prophecy

[ Parent ]
:D (4.00 / 2)
Thank you kindly!

So happy to see she was unanimously confirmed. As she should have been! Good times.


[ Parent ]
Change really is happening (0.00 / 0)
The obstructionists have been able to slow things down, but they can only hold it back so long.  

Work harder and work smarter!

[ Parent ]
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