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Mike Huckabee (R)

Mike Huckabee

Election 2008Released health care plan? No

Health care stance: Known for losing 100 pounds after being diagnosed with diabetes, Huckabee supports preventive health care. He believes health care should stay in the hands of the private sector, but thinks improvements can be made to bring down costs.

Links, articles and more information:

In a blog entry, Mike Millenson, president of Health Quality Advisors LLC, analyzes Huckabee's theory for fixing the U.S. health care system. The candidate's plan depends on giving people an incentive to live healthier lifestyles, which he suggests will greatly decrease chronic disease. Read the entry on the Health Affairs blog.         

In a Dec. 30, 2007, appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Huckabee discussed his position on abortion and sanctioning doctors who perform abortions.

In a Jan. 28, 2007, appearance on NBC's Meet the Press, Huckabee discussed his position on abortion.

LiveStrong Presidential Candidate Forum, Aug. 28, 2007
Candidates appeared at the forum to explain their plan to combat cancer if they were to be elected President. They answered questions from Lance Armstrong and NBC's Chris Matthews, as well as questions from the Internet. Read the LiveStrong blog or get video highlights from MSNBC. Huckabee spoke about his personal experience with cancer and how it’s shaped his attitude toward health care. He also advocated a national smoking ban and his own battle with weight.

At fair, five GOP candidates address health care concerns, Des Moines Register
On Aug. 10, 2007, five Republican candidates addressed health care concerns during a forum at the Iowa state fair:

"Health care is a national security issue. A country that is not healthy is not secure," said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who spoke first at the event attended by about 250 people. "Health care costs are rising at a runaway rate that we can't sustain."

Huckabee said chronic disease is driving most of the cost. Smoking, overeating and a lack of exercise are major culprits. "We should reward healthy people for the choices they make," he said.

"We really don't have a health care system, we have a sick care system," Huckabee said in an interview with the Kaiser Family Foundation's Jackie Judd.

"GOP Hopeful Huckabee Touts 'European' Health Care" CNBC June 7, 2008

"Gov. Mike Huckabee discusses health care with nursing students" April 17, 2007 (video)

Track Huckabee's campaign funding at The Center for Responsive Politics' Race for the White House Web site.