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Former U .S . Surgeon General Richard Carmona Accuses Administration of Political Meddling

President Bush's most recent surgeon general accused the administration Tuesday of muzzling him for political reasons on hot-button health issues such as emergency contraception and abstinence-only education.Dr. Richard Carmona , the nation's 17th surgeon general , told lawmakers that all surgeons general have had to deal with politics but none more so than he.For example, he said he wasn't allowed to make a speech at the Special Olympics because it was viewed as benefiting a political opponent. However, he said was asked to speak at events designed to benefit Republican lawmakers."The reality is that the nation's doctor has been marginalized and relegated to a position with no independent budget, and with supervisors who are political appointees with partisan agendas," said Carmona, who served from 2002 to 2006.Responding, the White House said Carmona was given the authority and had the obligation to be the leading voice for the health of all Americans."It's disappointing to us if he ...

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