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EXCLUSIVE: Interview with Controversial Surgeon General Nominee Dr. Vivek Murthy

Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next U.S. Surgeon General, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. Surgeon General, listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

It’s not just Gun Violence that Concerns the Nominee. Dr. Vivek Murthy Also Wants to Classify Scissors, Swimming Pools, Automobiles, and Shoes as a “Preventable Disease”. 

  • Dr. Murthy is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, an organization that says its mission is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high quality health care.

“People don’t realize how deadly hands and feet are. So many preventable deaths result from violence caused by hands and feet. Especially feet wearing boots, or shoes.”

— Dr. Vivek Murthy

Note: preventable errors in hospitals are the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second. If hospital mistakes kill more people than guns, does Dr. Vivek Murthy advocate classifying hospital care as a “health care crisis?” or as a disease? What about scissors, shoes, swimming pools, and cars?  Apparently he does.

At a recent conference in Washington D.C., The Butcherpunditfromanotherplanet‘s Editor-in-Chief , had an opportunity to interview Dr. Vivek Murthy. Here are the highlights of our exclusive interview:

The Butcher: Do you think your medical background and qualifications are what led the White House to tap you as nominee for Surgeon General? Or your close political ties with the White House, and record of advocacy of Barack Obama?

Dr. Murthy: (laughing) It’s definitely the latter.

The Butcher: Have you ever been the head of a major hospital?

Dr. Murthy: No, I haven’t.

The Butcher: Have you ever been the head of a department at a major hospital?

Dr. Murthy: Actually, no.

The Butcher: A small hospital? Or..okay, let’s move on to the next question. Have you had any influence on president Obama’s tobacco habit? Encouraged him to quit?

Dr. Murthy: He assures me that he no longer smokes. I believe he tells Mrs. Obama that, too.

The Butcher: Your nomination has stirred controversy among first amendment experts, and gun-rights advocates. Is it true that you advocate treating firearms as a disease?

Dr. Murthy: Yes, a preventable disease. I’m not the first to suggest this, though it’s only one of many things that pose a grave danger, and probably should be viewed as a disease. Automobiles, for example.

The Butcher: Automobiles?

Dr. Murthy: Yes! Did you know that in 2011, 89 people were killed on the roadways of America, each day?  Thousands of people each year die needlessly, because of cars. If I become Surgeon General, I will become a leading advocate for classifying automobiles a disease.

The Butcher: I’ve heard that you also view swimming pools as dangerous.

Dr. Murthy: Don’t get me started on swimming pools.

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