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Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

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It's shocking to know our Congress does not have enough motivation to put a Surgeon General in place as we face concerns about Ebola, flu season, and other health concerns immediately facing the nation’s health!

Nearly one year ago President Obama nominated a highly skilled physician, Dr. Vivek Murthy, for Surgeon General, yet the Senate sat there all this time and still has not confirmed him to this role because they’re caught up in playing politics.

Dr. Murthy is a Harvard and Yale trained expert with the skills, experience and global perspective necessary to be a 21st-century Surgeon General. He has worked to improve the health and well-being of communities for two decades as a public health leader, physician, educator, healthcare entrepreneur and prevention expert. Furthermore, he has garnered the support of hundreds of health organizations and is endorsed by two former Surgeons General of the United States.

Support has come from some of the most well-respected voices in health care advocacy including American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, March of Dimes Foundation, and American Cancer Society, but your voice as a citizen will make an even bigger impact to get these elected politicians to do their job.

Dr. Murthy has inspired and mentored so many people around him as a physician at the Brigham & Womens Hospital in Boston, MA and as a physician advocate and organizer through Doctors for America.

The current Ebola crisis, as well as other public health issues like Enterovirus d-68 underscores the importance of the Surgeon General as a defender of public health in the most difficult times. We need a clear voice guided by facts to communicate to the American people during this time, and I believe Dr. Murthy can be that voice.

Dr. Murthy has been a source of inspiration to me as a coalition builder and community organizer, bridging younger and older generations together to build a society firmly grounded in prevention and wellness.

Sign my petition to send a strong message to the Senate to put health over politics and confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General. There’s no reason to deny his service and leadership to guide the nation during this public health crisis.

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