With the passing of ex Massachusetts senator Ted Kennedy, the state Governor is still deliberating on who to appoint as the next senator. And given the health care initiative of President Obama, the credentials of whoever would be appointed as the next senator could not have been more important.
In the coming weeks, a resolution is going to be passed in the MA senate which would officially give the governor of the Senate authority to appoint a new Senator. The new Senator would be temporary, until the elections can be held. The elections are scheduled for next year on Jan 19, 2010.
It is without any doubt that the newly appointed Senator, although a temp, but would still play a very important and critical role considering the ongoing debate on Health care and how dearly the issue was held close to heart by the previous Senator Ted Kennedy.
Groups and public bodies have already started lobbying for individuals for this position. A front runner in this race, and one also supported by Center for American Progress Action Fund is Surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande. The group believes that Dr. Gawande would be the best fit for the job.
Dr. Atul Gawande Bio and Wiki
I was able to cull this information on Dr. Gawande from various sources and the emerging picture is one of the sharpest medical brains of our times. Besides being extremely sharp in his field, Dr. Gawande also has a gift of writing and communicating his ideas. His writing talent couldn’t be hidden for too long when New Yorker snapped him up for a position of staff writer on medical issues of our time.
Dr. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Womenâ€™s Hospital in Boston, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, and has written extensively on medicine for The New Yorker. An articulate and eloquent speaker on health matters, Dr. Gawande is a former Rhodes Scholar, a MacArthur Fellow, and unquestionably one of the nationâ€™s leading health policy experts.
President Obama has told his staff that Dr. Gawandeâ€™s writings are â€œrequired readingâ€ in the White House. Dr. Gawande has written extensively on sustaining health care reform and lowering health care costs over the long term. He previously worked for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) and the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign, and he served on Clinton Health Care Task Force.
We here at TechBanyan believe that in the course of the next four months, Dr. Gawande can not only be an influential voice in this debate but also the best person to act on behalf of the American public.
Dr. Gawande, you have our vote!