Policy Trumps Facts: Part XXVII

Ken AshfordHealth Care, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

Yet another example emerges of the Bush Adminstration keeping you in the dark:

A surgeon general’s report in 2006 that called on Americans to help tackle global health problems has been kept from the public by a Bush political appointee without any background or expertise in medicine or public health, chiefly because the report did not promote the administration’s policy accomplishments, according to current and former public health officials.

The report described the link between poverty and poor health, urged the U.S. government to help combat widespread diseases as a key aim of its foreign policy, and called on corporations to help improve health conditions in the countries where they operate.

It’s nice that we have all these experts in government who are knowledgeable about things like global warming and health care, and the government KEEPS that information muzzled.

The report was blocked by a 37 year old guy named William R. Steiger, who is George H.W. Bush’s godson, and whose parents are friends with Rummy and Cheney.   What qualified him to 86 a report on global health?  Was he a doctor?  An epidemiologist?  Nah.  He’s a specialist in education and a scholar of Latin American history .