Create a short list of things that make a healthcare professional. That list should probably include some sort of medical degree, some sort of licensing, possibly a practice, and experience. Is “supports access to military-style assault rifles on that list”? No? According to Senator Ted Cruz, it should be.
On Sunday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz accused the current nominee for surgeon general of not being a “health care professional” because Dr. Vivek Murthy supported a ban on military-style assault rifles. This is why, in the heart of an Ebola “crisis” and the height of flu season, the Republicans in the Senate blocked the appointment of a new surgeon general.
Cruz told CNN host Candy Crowley that “Of course we should have a surgeon general in place,” but “we don’t have one because President Obama, instead of nominating a health professional, he nominated someone who is an anti-gun activist.”
When Crowley reminded Cruz that a “doctor” is a “health professional,” Cruz reminded her that “health professional” doesn’t mean “NRA tool,” and “NRA tool” is more important to the Republicans than “health professional:”
He’s a doctor. Where he’s made his name is as a crusader against Second Amendment rights, and as a consequence, he didn’t have the votes among Republicans or Democrats.
And so was it a mistake for the president to nominate an extreme partisan on an issue that is not connected to public health? Yes, that was a mistake.
An “extreme partisan” is someone who supports a ban on military-style assault rifles. And because of that, they’re willing to block a surgeon general nominee, in the midst of an Ebola “crisis” (3 confirmed cases), an growing problem with Enterovirus 68 (691 confirmed cases), and flu season (anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 deaths per year, based on severity).
And then they blame Obama for it. Because they’re the party of personal responsibility and all that.
You can watch Cruz below: