Huckabee the medical expert? Cure all the diseases?

Huckabee the medical expert? Cure all the diseases?

Huckabee the medical expert? Cure all the diseases?

Mike Huckabee the ex-governor and talk show host is a walking talking example of hubris. He is a minor celebrity who knows what is best for all us little people or so he believes. The guy believes the advice he so eagerly proffers to his audience (yes calling him Elmer Gantry is accurate). And like most of my friends, I laugh at him when he acts the fool but then he goes way over the edge into quackery and foolery. Former governor Huckabee decided to “tackle health care” a while back because nobody is trying to do that.

He is inconsistent in his solutions:  Prevention means increased access to medical providers.  Which is the thing that catches these diseases early enough to help slow or stop the disease entirely.

Cost?  I guess human suffering means less than containing costs while doing business as usual?  A war on diseases? Because we “cured polio.” Actually Mikey, we did not cure polio: Dr. Salk found a vaccine to prevent Polio. The World Health Organization reminds us that:

There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.

And then Dr. Salk founded an institute which is looking for cures for….. Alzheimers, Cancer, Diabetes and Heart disease along with all sorts of conditions. So Huckabee tweeted this:

It is called managing the disease which is what you did when you changed your diet and exercise program. You are not cured Huckabee. You had excellent doctors who caught the signs and stopped the disease from progressing. And how about you focus on something that would work? Like Insulin which unlike your cinnamon and cardamom is actually effective in keeping us Type 1’s alive?

Insulin isn’t just a drug. It’s the difference between life and death for millions of people with diabetes – and it’s something they will need every day for the rest of their lives.

In other words Huckabee, insulin is life sustaining.

When you or someone you love needs insulin and cannot afford it, the choices are scary. With the average price of insulin skyrocketing in recent years – nearly tripling between 2002 and 2013 – more and more of our family members, our friends, our neighbors and ourselves are faced with tough choices to pay for this lifesaving drug.

How will this work?

Huckabee wants to put Medicaid back to the states but not talk reform? How about you advocate for tort reform and decrease the bureaucracy and maybe come up with a plan to increase preventative care for the underserved? Hello? Huckabee??

The answer is not that simple Mr. Huckabee. Medicaid needs reformation before such a thing could be done.  And how about you tour the Salk Institute and talk to the men and women who spend their lives looking for a cure?

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