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Obama to nominate Indian American as surgeon general

Nov 15 2013, 12:08am CST | by IANS

Washington, Nov 15 (IANS) President Barack Obama plans to nominate Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the Indian-American head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next US surgeon general.

Washington, Nov 15 — President Barack Obama plans to nominate Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the Indian-American head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next US...

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Obama to nominate Indian American as surgeon general

Nov 15 2013, 12:08am CST | by IANS

Washington, Nov 15 (IANS) President Barack Obama plans to nominate Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the Indian-American head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next US surgeon general.

Washington, Nov 15 — President Barack Obama plans to nominate Dr. Vivek Hallegere Murthy, the Indian-American head of a doctors group that promotes his signature healthcare law to be the next US surgeon general.

Murthy is a hospitalist at the Brigham and is co-founder and president of Doctors for America, a Washington, DC-based group of 16,000 physicians and medical students that advocates for access to affordable, high quality health care.

If confirmed by the Senate, Murthy will replace Regina Benjamin, who was appointed by Obama in 2009 and left her post last summer. The job focuses heavily on public health issues.

Murthy was appointed to the President's Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health in 2011. The prevention group was created as part of the Affordable Care Act health reform law.

His group, Doctors for America, was originally called Doctors for Obama and helped to campaign for Obama's election.

Murthy co-founded VISIONS Worldwide in 1995, a non-profit organization focused on HIV/AIDS education in India and the United States, where he served as President from 1995 to 2000 and Chairman of the Board from 2000 to 2003.

Murthy received a BA from Harvard University, an MBA from Yale School of Management, and an MD from Yale School of Medicine.

"I am confident that these outstanding individuals will greatly serve the American people in their new roles and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come," Obama said in announcing Murthy's appointment along with three other key posts.

The announcement came shortly after Obama acknowledging that his administration "fumbled" in the troubled rollout of his healthcare law offered a fix that would allow insurers to keep for another year people on plans that were to be cancelled for not meeting minimum standards under the new law.

In the midst of mounting criticism of the troubled healthcare website, former President Bill Clinton had Tuesday suggested that Obama should make sure Americans can retain their current health insurance plans, even if it means revamping the Affordable Care Act.

"I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the president should honour the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they've got," Clinton told OZY, a news website.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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Analysis: Wins give GOP wider Washington influence

Nov 5 2014 4:29am CST | Source: Townhall's

WASHINGTON (AP) — With sweeping victories that exceeded their own sky-high expectations, the GOP has dealt President Barack Obama and Democrats. ...
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Sarah Palin Warns GOP: 'You Didn't Build This'

Nov 5 2014 3:25am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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Maddow: GOP Will Try to Impeach Obama Over Exec Amnesty

Nov 5 2014 1:17am CST | Source: Big Government

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2014 Election Results: Winners & Losers

Nov 5 2014 12:52am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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Rand Paul Taunts Hillary Clinton After GOP Victory

Nov 5 2014 12:32am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) wasted no time using the GOP’s new majority in the Senate in the face of potential 2016 presidential rival Hillary Clinton. Paul posted an entire Facebook album of photos of Clinton campaigning with candidates who lost on Tuesday. Each photo was tagged #HillarysLosers. On Twitter, Paul continued to attack Clinton, saying that the GOP’s victory on election day was a repudiation of her and President Barack Obama. Today voters sent a message to Pres. Obama ...
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Election Leaves Immigration Advocates Frustrated With Obama

Nov 5 2014 12:11am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- When CNN announced on Tuesday evening that Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall lost, about 25 young undocumented immigrants and pro-immigration reform advocates in a row house in Washington, D.C., groaned in unison. They were gathered to watch a live stream of the election results, eat pizza and tacos, and, at times, to vent. The advocates, some of them undocumented young people known as Dreamers, viewed all of the results through the lens of immigration reform. ...
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Democrats Get Trampled On Election Night

Nov 5 2014 12:11am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Call it a thumping. Call it a shellacking. However you want to describe the 2014 midterm elections, the point remains the same. Democrats took it on the chin Tuesday night, losing the Senate, getting crushed in winnable governors' races, solidifying their minority status in the House for years to come, and stemming the party's ability to continue putting its stamp on the judicia ...
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John Boehner Says It's No Time To Celebrate

Nov 4 2014 11:54pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) says Republicans are "humbled" by the results of the midterm elections. In a statement, he says it's "not a time for celebration." Boehner says instead, it's time for government to start "implementing solutions to the challenges facing our country." He says those challenges begin with what he calls a "still-struggling economy." The House speaker will find an even str ...
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Robin Kelly Defeats Eric Wallace In Illinois House Race

Nov 4 2014 10:53pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) was re-elected to serve as the representative for Illinois' 2nd congressional district on Tuesday. Kelly defeated Republican Eric Wallace. She ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kelly won a special election for the seat last year after Jesse Jackson, Jr. resigned amid a federal investigation into his campaign finances. Jackson eventually pled guilty to charg ...
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Bobby Rush Defeats Jimmy Lee Tillman In Illinois House Race

Nov 4 2014 10:50pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) was re-elected to his 12th term in Congress representing Illinois' first congressional district on Tuesday. Rush beat RepublicanJimmy Lee Tillman in the race. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Rush fended off a challenge for his seat in 2000 from Barack Obama, then an Illinoi ...
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