Health Editor’s Note: Of course the Pruitt resignation happened on 7/5 and here is a little comment that the GomerBlog (medical satire site) published about Pruitt leaving as administrator of the EPA. Apparently the EPA’s loss is the medical world’s gain. Medical Ethics no less. Ethics is not in the Pruitt job description…Removing all medical records sounds like a continuation of the whiz bang job Pruitt was doing at the EPA.
There are at least 13 federal inquires into Pruitt’s management and spending practices and his resignation from his position as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency should not stop these inquires. Some of the allegations are that he used federal employees to perform his personal errands, such as looking for a job for his wife, may have errored in calculating his first-class travel expenses, had a $43,000 soundproof phone booth placed into his office breaking many laws and rules, rented a condo from the wife of an energy lobbyist he was doing personal business with, has a 20 person security detail around the clock and spent $3.5 million in taxpayer money to maintain them (way too much money), hired ex-lobbyists and gave unwarranted raises to political aides, supporting issues to potentially harm the environment such as encouraging the coal mining industry group to urge Trump to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement and appearing in a National Cattlemen;s Beef Association video that described Pruitt’s opposition to the clean water rule of the Obama presidency, dismissal of scientists (university researchers) from EPA agency boards that advise on scientific and health issues and put into place political appointees who were drawn largely from state regulatory and industry bodies, and enjoying an ultimate fan experience at U or K basketball games while using the seats that belonged to a billionaire coal executive who lobbied the EPA on well, coal issues, and I could go on and on and on but I think you get the picture of the ineptness and vast unsuitability for Pruitt to be the fox guarding the EPA hen house. May he not darken any doors where ethics is essential because he does not have the capacity to discern the difference between right and wrong….Carol
WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump announced over Twitter this
afternoon that Scott Pruitt will be leaving his leadership role as Administrator of
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a job that better suits him: he will
be the newest member of the Hospital Ethics Committee (HEC) at George
Washington University Hospital.
“I have decided to pursue my dream job as a member of a Hospital Ethics
Committee, a position that will allow my strengths to truly shine,” Pruitt told
Gomerblog. As a member of a HEC, Pruitt will help health care professionals deal
with ethical challenges arising from clinical practice. “I wanted to thank
President Trump for the opportunity to serve at the EPA.”
Pruitt has been seen as one of Trump’s most controversial Cabinet picks on
account of his stance on environmental issues. Thankfully his responsible use of
power, discretionary spending of taxpayer dollars, and lack of ethics violations
were never an issue during his tenure.
Both Republicans and Democrats are saddened to see Pruitt go.
“Moron,” said Senator John Kennedy, R-La, on CNN.
In other news, a coalition of doctors, nurses, health care professionals, and
patients is assembling based on the new rumor that Pruitt plans to go “back to
basics” by rolling back HIPAA and deleting all medical records from existence.