President Donald Trump has finally chosen someone to be the new surgeon general, replacing Dr. Vivek Murthy who was booted by the administration back in April.
Trump’s pick is Dr. Jerome Adams, who currently serves as the state of Indiana’s health commissioner.
Stat News is reporting:
Adams was appointed to his current post in Indiana by Vice President Mike Pence when he was governor. Adams would be at least the second top health official in the Trump administration who had previous connections to Pence. Seema Verma, who administers Medicare and Medicaid in the administration, was previously a health consultant who worked with Pence to reform Indiana’s Medicaid program.
Adams was trained as an anesthesiologist and has been an advocate for addressing the opioid epidemic — an issue Murthy took on when he was surgeon general. Adams also has had to face the public health consequences of opioid addiction head-on as health commissioner, most notably when an HIV outbreak erupted in Scott County.
Adams and Trump met back in November after the president’s big election victory, but what makes the pick so interesting is the fact they have taken very different positions on health related issues, such as the Ebola breakout that happened in West Africa not long ago.
It’s a good thing to have someone on your team who sees the world differently than you do, to a certain degree, as it helps to give a perspective you might not have seen before when tackling problems.
Strangely, Adams did praise the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, the very legislation Trump is working very hard to dismantle, so one has to wonder what sort of tension could arise from such a disagreement.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]