Thank you for your recent letter concerning the proposed nomination of Dr. C. Everett Koop as Surgeon General of the Public
As you know, the announcement that Dr. Koop was the Administration's choice for Surgeon General has engendered considerable
controversy. I share the concern of those who worry that Dr. Koop does not have the experience in the field of public health
that is so essential to the duties and responsibilities of the highest health official in the United States. I am also concerned
that Dr. Koop's strongly held personal views on many critical social and moral issues would be detrimental if he insists
on applying those views to the development and implementations of public policy.
If the Administration forwards Dr. Koop's nomination to the Senate for confirmation, you may be assured that I intend
to raise with Dr. Koop the twin issues of his lack of public health experience and the role he proposes to play in the development
and implementation of public policy. I am hopeful, however, that the President will reconsider Dr. Koop's nomination and
instead select an individual better prepared to be Surgeon General.
Again, thank you for taking the time to let me know your views on this topic of great concern.