Thompson Visits CDC, Vows No Politics in Research
HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson visited the CDC's Atlanta facilities yesterday, attempting to "allay" fears that future research would be subject to partisanship, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I am passionate about research," Thompson said to an audience of CDC employees, adding, "I can assure you, research will not be politicized in any way, shape or manner whatsoever." Thompson outlined his plans -- support for a patients' bill of rights, a prescription drug benefit for seniors, affordable health insurance and more organ donation -- "but offered few details on specific programs." After being introduced by CDC director Dr. Jeffrey Koplan, Thompson said, "I want to say to you without any hesitation or reservation, you've done an outstanding job and I'm pleased to be on your team." Turning to the "rank and file," he added, "You individuals are the heroes and heroines of our society, and I applaud you from the bottom of my heart." The Journal-Constitution reports that the audience "returned [Thompson's] enthusiasm" (McKenna, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2/13).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.