He's glad those who held up the nomination "don't have to wait that long" to see a doctor.
The White House is launching efforts to highlight the health impacts of climate change.
Dr. Vivek Murthy was narrowly confirmed 51-43 as the nation's top doctor.
Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) disagreed about the pick.
"It's a good Christmas present to the American people and to the world,” he said.
Barrasso said Obama’s pick isn’t experienced enough to deal with the Ebola crisis.
“We are recalibrating and assessing our strategy,” press secretary Jay Carney said.
President Obama called attention to the public health impact of climate change Tuesday and said the...
Vivek Murthy is meeting with health leaders in 20 cities ahead of the Feb. 15 deadline.
Conservative groups opposed Murthy for calling gun violence a public health concern.
"It's going to be a lot of fun," said a Republican aide.
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The NRA is holding up Vivek Murthy's nomination because he supports stricter gun laws.
Vivek Hallegere Murthy is the co-founder and president of Doctors for America.