CNN and the Washington Post are reporting that CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay “embedded with the troops” Gupta has been approached in regards to the office of the Surgeon General and is planning to accept the nomination. Gupta, for those of you that don’t remember is one of the political tools CNN used to try to be supportive of the war effort. His mini-series of him being embedded with a medical detail in Iraq drew a-lot of controversy. Unfortunately the controversy was misguided, Sanjay was criticized for performing on the spot brain surgery on US Marines and Iraqis, when he should’ve been criticized for seeming to indicate CNN support for the misconstrued war effort. He is also criticized in political savvy circles for allowing his medical segments on CNN to be lambasted with ads from pharmaceuticals and insurance providers.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR2U_SAWHdQ[/youtube]
Here’s a YouTube vid of Sanjay and Michael Moore debating the accuracy of Michael Moore’s Sicko, and the merits of a universal healthcare system. Michael took Sanjay to the whipping shed after Sanjay admitted he wrongly criticized Sicko in a CNN report. The most important thing you should take away from that exchange is that Sanjay Gupta is against Universal Healthcare. His rational for being against it, is that it’s deceitful to make others believe it’s “free”.
This appointment leaves me disappointed and crestfallen, and pretty much dashes my hope for a universal healthcare system (if it indeed goes through). I find Sanjay Gupta to be a shill and the exact person HMO’s and PPO’s would love to have in Washington. I feel another universal healthcare defeat in the future.