This is the president's pick for surgeon general.
he's a homophobe, meaning he doesn't really belive in treating everyone equally
In his role on the nine-member Judicial Council, Holsinger has opposed a decision to allow a practicing lesbian to be an associate pastor, and he supported a pastor who would not permit an openly gay man to join the church. In both instances, Holsinger's supporters say, he was correctly interpreting and applying church policy. (The church's bishops voted later to allow the gay man to become a member.)
Holsinger's pastor, the Rev. David Calhoun of Hope Springs Community Church in
Lexington, is one of the doctor's friends and supporters who said
"Fears that he would not be fair or compassionate in distributing health care to gay and lesbian individuals is totally unfounded and ludicrous," Calhoun said. "Jim cares about people no matter who they are. He's not going to turn anybody down."
Reaction from the gay and lesbian community to Holsinger's nomination has been pointed.
"Dr. James Holsinger has demonstrated in the past that he harbors religious-based prejudice towards homosexuals," said Jamie McDaniel, coordinator of Soulforce Lexington, the local chapter of a national organization that opposes the use of religion to oppress lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. "As a gay American, I am deeply concerned over any surgeon general nominee not being healed of such personal prejudice."
his supervising record is shoddy at best...
The Government says six men who died at a large veterans' hospital in suburban Chicago were the victims of inadequate care.
The finding, issued Friday, arises from an investigation into medical practices at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in North Chicago, one of the largest veterans' hospitals in the country. Last month the agency reassigned the hospital's chief of staff to an advisory position at the 1,004-bed center. The agency also discontinued vascular and orthopedic surgery.
"Mistakes were made," said the Veterans Affairs Secretary, Edward J. Derwinski. "The medical care was clearly not what it should be."
The agency's announcement came a week after department investigators questioned poor supervision and delays between diagnosis and surgery, among other things.
After an extensive review of 15 deaths between June 1989 and March 1990, the agency acknowledged blame in six, said Dr. James Holsinger Jr., the agency's chief medical officer.
Dr. Holsinger and an agency spokeswoman, Donna St. John, said they would not discuss the six deaths that were linked to poor care until family members were notified.
The agency said it would invite the families to meet with its lawyers to discuss a financial settlement.
Dr. James Holsinger, Kentucky's top public health official, who oversees the Medicaid program, is resigning as Gov. Ernie Fletcher's secretary of health and family services.
Holsinger, 66, said yesterday that he is leaving effective Dec. 31 to spend more time with his family - his wife, four daughters, five grandchildren and his mother, 96.
And he said he will return to teaching medicine at the University of Kentucky.
"It's been a great job. I've really had a great time," Holsinger said. "At the same time, it's my sense that it's the right time and it's the right decision."
Holsinger was hired as secretary under a contract with UK at a salary of $247,200.
i keep thinking that bush just closes his eyes, spins around the room, and then stops and points out "yea...umm.. ye'll do"