Obama Picks Regina Benjamin to Be Surgeon General

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In times of trouble, it takes resiliency and determination to pick up the pieces of a shattered existence and rebuild it better than it was before. If you have budget problems, a cash advance or cash loan can help you avoid danger and begin to rebuild your credit in the process. When it comes to something more serious – like a natural disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina – rebuilding is tough.

But just as Dr. Regina Benjamin did for her health care clinics in Alabama and New Orleans, now she’ll be at the forefront of the effort to help rebuild Americans’ faith in their healthcare system. She’ll be in that unique position because according to Reuters, President Obama has called her name to be the next Surgeon General of the United States of America.

Calling Dr. Regina Benjamin, M.D.

A family doctor from Alabama, Regina Benjamin helped rebuild a rural clinic there that had been destroyed by hurricanes. In New Orleans, Benjamin’s sterling work won the favor of the MacArthur Foundation. They gave her a genius grant for her efforts with the Bayou La Batre Rural Health Clinic. That place was ripped to shreds by nature two times (Hurricanes Georges and Katrina), but Benjamin found ways to pick up the pieces.

A diverse slate of problems tackled

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“Despite scarce resources, Benjamin has painstakingly rebuilt her clinic after each disaster and set up networks to maintain contact with patients scattered across multiple evacuation sites,” reads the foundation’s biography of Benjamin. “She has established a family practice that allows her to treat all incoming patients, many of whom are uninsured, and frequently travels by pickup truck to care for the most isolated and immobile in her region.”

“Benjamin is skilled, as well, in translating research on preventive health measures into accessible, community-based interventions to decrease the disease burdens of her diverse patient base, which includes immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, who comprise a third of Bayou La Batre’s population,” the MacArthur Foundation said.

Rebuilding for change

Cost cutting and addressing the needs of a diverse population are goals the Obama administration has with its comprehensive healthcare reform package. Those two qualities are things that Obama sees in Benjamin. To be able to rebuild after a hurricane when resources are scare is quite a challenge. Obama would love to see that same resourcefulness applied to the healthcare issues that will ignite the political landscape for some time.

A more active surgeon general?

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Traditionally, the surgeon general takes a broad stance on health policy. Their public interaction generally involves health advice on how people should take care of themselves, and when they should seek medical assistance.  But this time around, the head of the Public Health Services Commissioned Corps could be taking a more active role in pushing for the changes President Obama wants.

The critics are going to talk

Sure, the critics of Obama’s health plan are out in full force. They’re afraid that when the government takes over the system, they aren’t going to have any choice in the matter of what doctors and hospitals they can use. However, the president has continually assured that if people are satisfied with their current health care plan, they will be able to keep it. This is for the underinsured and uninsured, primarily. And none of this suggests in any way that Regina Benjamin is not qualified for the position. If she dug her way out of Katrina with a cash advance here or a cash loan there, I think she’s more than qualified to take the lead for Americans.

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