HEART OF THE MATTER"
a special program of the National Emergency Medicine Association (NEMA)
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Guest: Former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop
Topic: Satcher nomination to Surgeon General
Reporter: Aaron Cohen
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
NEMA: Dr. Koop on the new Surgeon General nominee...coming up...
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NEMA: Surgeon General nominee David Satcher will have an influential mentor as he navigates the choppy waters of Senate confirmation - Former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who is still well-respected on Capitol Hill 8 years after he left office...Aaron Cohen has Health on the Hill...
COHEN: Dr. Koop is the man people think of when the Surgeon General comes to mind because of the advice he gave on subjects ranging from AIDS to health car to smoking. Koop says Satcher, who has run the Centers for Disease Control since 1993, is a gentleman and has good values...
KOOP: He understands the bully pulpit, and that this is where he can exercise his powers of moral persuasion about things that folks can do to prevent illness and enjoy good health. And I dont think he carries any baggage that should be problems to him in the confirmation process...and thats good.
COHEN: Dr. Koop says when Satcher is confirmed, he should remember that the Surgeon Generals principal role is to advise the public on health matters...and with that authority, Koop says Satchers will have a lot of latitude. For Health on the Hill, Im Aaron Cohen.