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Surgeon General Nominee Faces Skeptical Senate GOP At Hearing

Republicans questioned the bona fides of President Obama's choice for surgeon general, grilling him over his stance on gun control and the health law.

Los Angeles Times: Republicans Criticize Surgeon General At Senate Hearing
President Obama's choice to become the next surgeon general spent much of his confirmation hearing Tuesday deflecting criticism from Republicans, who attacked him for his political activism, ties to the president and relative inexperience. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, who at 36 would be one of the youngest surgeon generals, was chided for advocating gun control in the aftermath of the December 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and for backing the Affordable Care Act as a co-founder of Doctors for America, formerly Doctors for Obama (Clozel, 2/4).

The Washington Post: Republicans Question Surgeon General Nominee Over Advocacy For Health-Care Law
Murthy, 36, who would be the first Indian American to become chief U.S. doctor, works at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and is an instructor at Harvard Medical School. If confirmed, he will take over for acting surgeon general Boris D. Lushniak, who stepped in when Regina Benjamin left the post in July (Hicks, 2/4). 

Earlier, related KHN coverage: Fixing Health Care Isn't About Party, 'It's About Building A Sustainable System' - The KHN Interview (Kulkarni, 10/24/2012).

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