Dr. Vivek Murthy
Emotional wellness is just as important as physical wellness.
Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, envisioned a Great American Community at his inaugural ceremony. With the flags of 50 states behind him, Murthy began the ceremony in a white shirt and tie, but concluded wearing the decorated coat of a Vice Admiral.
Measles is a serious and highly contagious disease, but, fortunately, we can prevent it with immunizations. I understand that some parents are concerned about vaccines. The evidence about the MMR vaccine's safety and benefits is strong and consistent. Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions I get...
Guns and grief are a bad combination. Our judgment is clouded and undone in moments of aggrieved passion; we are least suited at such times to take on the roles of both jury and judge, leaving aside the illegality of such vigilantism. We may, in the throes of passion, misconstrue causes and misdirect blame. But we may hope to live through such moments, and see in a calmer, clarifying light.
Outside groups sought to make the nomination inescapable. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) raised the issue during a caucus
"I am hopeful and I'm taking them at their word that they were jumping ship because of concerns on the procedural tool. But
Murthy's confirmation also was met with praise from anti-gun violence groups, which are all too familiar with the politics
Begich said he hasn't had a chance to focus on Murthy's nomination and will make a decision closer to the vote. Walsh said
Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) also spoke at the event, where he touted Murthy's credentials and called on the Senate
The surgeon general, whatever his or her views on gun control, has no political authority, and will do absolutely nothing about gun control in office. Even if the position did allow for that, why would that unsettle anybody?
If we expect our nation to be prepared for the potential outbreak of a disease, we need a Surgeon General on the job. It's the Surgeon General who can make sure that science and established facts dictate our response, rather than politics or innuendo.
I find it incredible, and deeply disheartening, that the confirmation of our next U.S. Surgeon General may come undone because Dr. Vivek Murthy has expressed his support for widely favored gun control measures, such as an assault weapons ban.
This week the mystery over Malaysia Airlines flight 370 deepened, as officials said the 777's tracking mechanisms may have been deliberately turned off, and that the plane might have flown for hours afterwards. One thing we already know for sure -- but seem to forget every time -- is that in these kinds of situations the first breathless rounds of "Breaking News!" speculation are almost always wrong. Suspense also continued to build in Crimea as Russian forces moved into a village outside the Crimean border ahead of today's referendum, already regarded as illegitimate by Western governments. Meanwhile, the White House is considering delaying the confirmation vote on Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General because lawmakers -- including many Democrats -- are upset that he spoke out in favor of gun control. Why it would be considered controversial to have a chief public health official who wants to do something about the source of 30,000 deaths each year is a uniquely American mystery.