Sanjay Gupta Says "No Thanks"

President Obama's choice for Surgeon General, Dr. withdrew his name from consideration today.

CNN cited his desire to continue working instead as a neurosurgeon and CNN medical analyst. His wife is pregnant with their third child.

Chuck Todd said on Nightly News tonight it may have been a financial decision: it would be too big a pay cut.

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    Phew. Dodged a bullet there (5.00 / 2) (#4)
    by coigue on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 09:25:11 PM EST

    Paycut! (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by Oje on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 09:51:15 PM EST
    I must admit, I can't wait to read the leaks about Dr. Gupta's financial and moral conflicts of interests as a surgeon, a CNN "reporter," and a mouthpiece for privatized medicine ("all your health problems are belong to me!"),

    In my wildest imagination, Dr. Gupta has little self-conscious about the conflicts of his personal interests and his ideological bent against affordable, subsidized health care... and, the administration was shocked by what it learned about the good doctor!

    I admit, I am seeking a little Schadenfreude after his mistreatment of Michael Moore and the "facts" in Sicko...

    Not credible (5.00 / 2) (#6)
    by Upstart Crow on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 09:58:06 PM EST
    This isn't very credible, surely? Didn't he figure out it would be a pay cut way early in the game?

    So why now?

    Sanjay may have said "No thanks," (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by Anne on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 10:46:21 PM EST
    but I say, "don't let the door hit you on the a$$ on your way out!"

    Good thing too! (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Fabian on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 03:26:23 AM EST
    The last thing we need is someone in charge of public health whose biggest concern isn't our health but his paycheck.

    I really don't care why, I'm just glad Gupta is no longer in the running.

    I wish Dr Dean would be considered (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Carolyn in Baltimore on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 09:11:24 AM EST
    It would be great to have someone who thinks universal healthcare is a necessity.

    Is Dr. Phil available? (5.00 / 1) (#12)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 12:20:43 PM EST

    Why not Dr. Ruth? (none / 0) (#13)
    by jeffinalabama on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 05:35:06 PM EST
    after all, aren't we forked now anyway with the end of the Bush Dystopian Econo melt?

    How about Dr. J? (none / 0) (#14)
    by sarcastic unnamed one on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 09:22:00 PM EST
    Paycut? I think so too (none / 0) (#1)
    by aeguy on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 08:44:18 PM EST
    How much is Gupta making as a CNN reporter and a surgeon?

    In addition to being. . . (none / 0) (#2)
    by LarryInNYC on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 08:56:07 PM EST
    a working neurosurgeon and his contract with CNN, Gupta also gives paid lectures for around 40K per time.

    Pfff (none / 0) (#9)
    by Fabian on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 03:27:59 AM EST
    He should have invested that chunk of change and he'd be set for a temporary pay cut.

    Maybe not....


    I've always liked him on CNN, (none / 0) (#3)
    by NJDem on Thu Mar 05, 2009 at 08:59:29 PM EST
    but he never did answer Michael Moore about the inaccurate things he/Gupta said about "Sicko."

    Not to pile on, but there's also this.

    What concerns me most is this part:

    "Aside from Mr. Geithner, the department doesn't have a single nominated official in place."

    I think it's good (none / 0) (#10)
    by Mikeb302000 on Fri Mar 06, 2009 at 03:38:20 AM EST
    I think he's very presentable but in that little debate with Michael Moore, he didn't come off too well. Overall, I thought he was more like a smooth-talking politico than a medical doctor.