It’s historic! At least that’s the excitement Joe Biden and the media want us to feel about the appointment of Dr. Rachel Levine as assistant U.S. health secretary.
Dr. Levine, the former Pennsylvania Secretary of Health, is expected to become the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate.
“She is a historic and deeply qualified choice to help lead our administration´s health efforts,” Biden said.
Dr. Levine was born Richard and was a married father-of-two when he came out to being a ‘she’ to colleagues and patients. He transitioned in 2011. Formerly a linebacker at high school, Levine said he spent two decades feeling like a girl.
“I compartmentalized it,” Levine told the Washington Post.
Last March, Levine had to admonish a Pittsburgh radio talk show host to “please stop misgendering “me” after he called him “sir” multiple times.
The radio show host, Marty Griffin, responded, “I apologize. I apologized twice. I truly did. It was not intentional. It was not. I was not focused. I was doing six things at once.”
More controversy followed shortly afterward when the Trindle Inn located in Carlisle, PA, posted a sign that read “Dr. Levine or is it Uncle Fester in a wig?”
Last May, Lowman S. Henry, Chairman & CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Public Opinion Research, called for his resignation as Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary claiming his COVID policies in the state have had “have had devastatingly adverse health effects.”
“The adverse health consequences and economic pain continue to grow because of the governor’s stubborn reliance on the advice of a state health secretary whose policies have made a bad situation significantly worse,” Henry wrote for the Mercury.
“Gov. Wolf needs new advisors. The Pennsylvania Department of Health needs a new leader.
“It is time for Rachel Levin to go.”