Obama Picks Ala. Doctor as Next Surgeon General

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President Barack Obama nominated an African-American woman to become the nation's next surgeon general.

The president announced Monday that he would like Dr. Regina Benjamin to be the government's leading spokesperson on public health.
    
The family physician from Alabama made headlines with her determination to rebuild her nonprofit medical clinic after Hurricane Katrina.
    
CBN News interviewed policy advisor Amy Menefee from the group Patients First about the nomination.  Click play to watch her comments.

"I think having a doctor who has a lot of experience, obviously, with her own clinic is someone that... definitely would be qualified," Menefee said.  "I think that a lot of people still have questions about her political bent, because we just don't have as much information about that yet."  

Benjamin became the first black woman and youngest doctor elected to the American Medical Association's board.
    
She must be approved by the Senate.
    
The president also used Monday's announcement to strongly push his government health care plan, saying, "We are going to make this thing happen."

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