Highly Qualified

The nominee for Surgeon General looks very good–

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama turned to the Deep South for the next surgeon general, choosing a rural Alabama family physician who made headlines with fierce determination to rebuild her nonprofit medical clinic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Dr. Regina Benjamin is known along Alabama’s impoverished Gulf Coast as a country doctor who makes house calls and doesn’t turn away patients who can’t pay — even as she’s had to find the money to rebuild a clinic repeatedly destroyed by hurricanes and once even fire.

If you can’t recall who the heck was filling the post for the last eight years there’s a reason. A recap of the former Surgeon General’s elusive career is here.

Dr. Carmona wasn’t a hard act to follow, but Dr. Benjamin is facing health care reform, flu season and a recession. We need someone in office, I hope she starts soon.

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