Kathleen Sebelius, Obama's HHS Secretary was the former governor of Kansas.
I wrote about her...2010
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Imagine an HHS Secretary who DOESN'T tell the press to bury coverage of those who question vaccines like Sebelius did.
That's what's ahead with a Trump administration, and plenty of people are worried.... Price is a member of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons.
New York Magazine had this to say...
Dec 1, 2016, New York Magazine: Tom Price Belongs to a Really Scary Medical Organization
If you believe that, in a country as big and messy as the United States, the government has a significant role to play in keeping people healthy and regulating medicine, there are plenty of reasons to be worried about Tom Price, President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of Health and Human Services....
Science Blogs managing editor David Gorski, himself a surgeon, summed up what he knows about the AAPS in a helpful blog post. The short version is that the organization stands at direct odds, in myriad ways, with some of very foundational beliefs of evidence-based modern public-health research. ...
And it gets even worse, writes Gorski:
Perhaps [Price] was so attracted to the AAPS vision of doctors as special and “outside of the herd” to the point that he ignored its simultaneous promotion of dangerous medical quackery, such as antivaccine pseudoscience blaming vaccines for autism, including a view that is extreme even among antivaccine activists, namely that the “shaken baby syndrome” is a “misdiagnosis” for vaccine injury; ... its rejection of evidence-based guidelines as an unacceptable affront on the godlike autonomy of physicians; or the way the AAPS rejects even the concept of a scientific consensus about anything. Let’s just put it this way. The AAPS has featured publications by antivaccine mercury militia “scientists” Mark and David Geier. Even so, the very fact that Price was attracted enough to this organization and liked it enough to actually join it should raise a number of red flags. It certainly did with me, because I know the AAPS all too well.
How much of this stuff does Price himself belief? It’ll be a worthy topic of inquiry during his confirmation hearing. But either way, the AAPS isn’t the sort of group you join if you have faith in government or belief that it can meaningfully help people; rather, it’s the sort of organization you join if you want to drag the world back to a time when individual patients were on their own, batted to and fro by indifferent markets, with effectively no recourse to fight against quackery, fraud, and other forms of medical malfeasance. If and when Price is handed the keys to HHS, things could get scary, fast.
And the New Republic...
Dec 1, 2016, New Republic: The Trump administration is shaping up to be a public health disaster
According to surgeon David Gorski, prospective HHS Secretary Tom Price belongs to the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Five years ago I wrote about the AAPS. http://www.ageofautism.com/2011/12/aaps-on-vaccine-exemptions.html
For anyone who's interested, this is what the New Republic is all about.............
The New Republic is an independent journal of opinion promoting novel solutions to the challenges of our time. Since our founding in 1914, we have championed and advanced progressive ideas in America’s continual exercise of self-improvement....
Through ambitious journalism, trenchant argument, and innovative storytelling, we seek to inspire the next generation of decision makers through conversations in print, online, and in person.
Who owns the New Republic?
Ángel Franco/The New York Times Chris Hughes, the new owner of The New Republic. The newest owner of The New Republic magazine is Chris Hughes, a new-media guru who co-founded Facebook and helped to run the online organizing machine for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.
Somehow I would want "an independent journal of opinion" to declare itself to stand for balance and honest coverage of opinion on both sides. "Innovative storytelling" is a hardly comparable.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor for Age of Autism.