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July 10, 2007

Former surgeons general describe White House efforts to control health policy

The Bush administration attempted to politicize the nation's health policy and, when former Surgeon General Richard Carmona refused to follow orders, he was repeatedly muzzled and marginalized, according to Carmona's testimony Tuesday. Carmona, along with former surgeons general C. Everett Koop and David Satcher, told the House Oversight committee that Bush's efforts went well beyond the political friction experienced between "the nation's doctor" and previous administrations, both Republican and Democratic.

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