Obama's Michael Moore Pick for World Bank

Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama selected Korean-American health expert Jim Yong Kim as the World Bank's new President.

Dr. Kim, a surprise pick for the job, was eventually confirmed last week by the World Bank's executive board in a vote, but it was the first time the job was contested.

Frankly, there's plenty of reason to be skeptical of Dr. Kim's selection -- for his past writings are more fitting of a Michael Moore documentary, than of a World Bank President.

For example:

The studies in this book present evidence that the quest for growth in GDP and corporate profits has in fact worsened the lives of millions of women and men.”

Even where neoliberal policy measures have succeeded in stimulating economic growth, growth’s benefits have not gone to those living in 'dire poverty,' one-fourth of the world’s population.”

Using Cuba as an example, Chapter Thirteen makes the case that when leaders prioritize social equity and the fundamental right of all citizens to health care, even economically strapped governments can achieve improved and more equitable health outcomes.”

Source: Jim Yong Kim, Joyce V. Millen, Alec Irwin, and John Gershman, Editors, Dying for Growth: Global Inequality and the Health of the Poor, Common Courage Press: Monroe, Maine, 2000.

Of course, if you're interested in the reality of Cuba's health care system, click here.