Surgeon General Sanjay Gupta

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.


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.

  6 comments for “Surgeon General Sanjay Gupta

  1. Jubal
    January 6, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    His rational for being against it, is that it’s deceitful to make others believe it’s “free”.

    Silly man — what’s he thinking by pointing out the obvious to people who are uninterested in it?

  2. Jubal
    January 6, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I feel another universal healthcare defeat in the future.

    For the sake of liberty and what’s left of this Republic, let’s hope so!

  3. Chris
    January 6, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Steve, may I respectfully say that I think you are over-reacting.

    Jubal, please explain exactly how universal health care is a threat to liberty and the American way of life (if that is indeed what you meant in your sarcasm-laden comment). Thanks.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    January 6, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Matt — and yet every other industrialized nation in the world provides universal healthcare for its citizens. Our military and Congress already get universal coverage — why can’t we?

  5. Chris
    January 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    The one thing a lot of conservatives have in common is that they seem to spend a lot of time worrying that some poor slob might get “something for nothing”, but they don’t see anything wrong with allowing oxygen-sucking cretins like Paris Hilton to inherit, TAX-FREE, wealth that they live on for the rest of their lives. If they don’t pay taxes and they use roads and other public resources, aren’t they in effect getting “something for nothing,” and how is that any different from free health care (except that the latter can’t be used for botox and boob jobs)?

    That’s my theory. Conservatives don’t like universal health care because to them, it is getting “something for nothing.” Oh, and they hate the poor.

  6. Jennifer
    January 8, 2009 at 6:42 am

    Universal health care is something that I wish that all Amercians can have. It is the only way I will ever get health care. If I get cancer I am pretty much going to die since I couldn’t afford so much as a doctors appointment. I saw that interview on CNN and I thought that Sanjay was pathetic compared to Moore, as a doctor how can he be against Universal Health care that in itself tells me hes a shill. Your totally right Steve Sanjay is a total idot.

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