Sunday :: Jul 29, 2007

"this will be a political document, or it will not be released."

by soccerdad

William R. Steiger, a specialist in education and a scholar of Latin American history whose family has long ties to the Bush family and who had no experience in medicine or public health blocked a 2006 Surgeon General report that called on America to tackle global health problems LINK.

The report described the link between poverty and poor health, urged the U.S. government to help combat widespread diseases as a key aim of its foreign policy, and called on corporations to help improve health conditions in the countries where they operate.

This summarizes the fight over the relase of the study.

Richard Walling, a former career official in the HHS global health office who oversaw the draft, said Steiger was the official who blocked its release. "Steiger always had his political hat on," he said. "I don't think public health was what his vision was. As far as the international office was concerned, it was a political office of the secretary. . . . What he was looking for, and in general what he was always looking for, was, 'How do we promote the policies and the programs of the administration?' This report didn't focus on that."

As we all know too well, its ideology over everything. If reality doesn't fit, bury the reality. The well being of another human being either here in the US or else where counts for nothing.

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