WASHINGTON – The Democratic Senate majority confirmed President Barack Obama’s British-born U.S. Surgeon General nominee Vivek Murthy, 37, Monday evening by a vote of 51 to 43.
Murthy gained prominence as the founder of the doctors advocacy group Doctors for Obama, which later became Doctors for America in its pro-Obamacare messaging efforts. Murthy gained controversy for making anti-gun activism the hallmark of his messaging efforts after the Sandy Hook shooting, marching in step with the White House.
Three Democrats: Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin voted “No” while Republican Illinois Sen. Mark Kirk voted “Aye.”
Obama released a statement that made it clear Murthy would be relegated to a political messaging role in the administration, with shades of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign talking points.
“As ‘America’s Doctor, Vivek will hit the ground running to make sure every American has the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe,” Obama stated.
Murthy will take on “priorities ranging from stopping new diseases to helping our kids grow up healthy and strong”
“Combined with the crucial support for fighting Ebola included in the bill to fund our government next year, Vivek’s confirmation…”
Here’s another bit about Vivek Murthy uncovered by The Daily Caller:
Murthy’s group Doctors for America hosted none other than Jonathan Gruber to speak at its first expert panel after hosting the January 2013 event “Gun Policy After Newtown.” Gruber spoke at Murthy’s event on the Supreme Court case, then upcoming, that upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare’s individual mandate.
Gruber publicly supported Murthy’s 2012 activist campaign, the “Patients Over Politics bus tour” to Washington, D.C. to support Obamacare in the run-up to Justice Thomas Roberts’ infamous decision in the case.