Huckstering on health, war, etc. | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Huckstering on health, war, etc.

Posted By on Tue, Aug 7, 2007 at 5:26 AM

Mike Huckabee is getting some favorable notices on his Iowa debate appearance, thanks particularly to the Frank Luntz focus group in which 29 Iowa Republicans responded favorably to statements Huckabee made.

Example: The numbers went off the charts when Huckabee said one solution to health care in America would be to give every American the kind of health care plan Congress has. But he didn't really mean that. Here, when he tried to make nice with filmmaker Michael Moore, he makes clear universal health care isn't squarely in his sights:

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reached out to filmmaker and liberal activist Michael Moore on Monday, suggesting that the two of them meet to discuss ideas about health care reform because they “could find some common ground and make some positive change.”

“The two of us may have something in common: a passion for reforming the health care system in America,” Huckabee, a Republican presidential candidate, said in a letter to Moore. “While I respect your efforts to call attention the health care crisis in this country in your movie “Sicko,” I feel that your view that all would be improved with free universal and government provided health care is simplistic.”

Raw Story gets it, even if Republican viewers did not.

The system enjoyed by Congress under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, which Huckabee invoked at the debate, involves the government negotiating contracts with private health plans and covering up to 75% of the premiums for those enrolled.

Luntz concluded the segment by showing the members of his focus group describing Huckabee as "honest" and "refreshing" and said that he has a real chance to break out of the second tier.

Huckabee, remember, joined other candidates in saying he didn't endorse Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley's plan to expand health care for poor children by raising cigarette taxes. But the listeners heard him say, effectively, that he backed universal health insurance.

The pattern repeated. Huckabee's for rebuilding infrastructure. He promises no taxes need to be raised to do it. He promises a "middle ground" on the war in Iraq -- "victory with honor." All of these things sound so good. But what do they mean? Just where are the specifics by which he'd achieve these universally lauded aims?

We know from experience you can fool a lot of the people and a lot of the press with bromides like these. Will the illuminating questions get asked if Huck becomes the media flavor of the day?

 

 


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The suffering children's open line

    Until it's fixed, nobody is doing enough to resist the Trump administration's cruel and thoughtless handling of asylum-seeking children.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Arming teachers: An insurance complication

    Gun lovers in the Arkansas legislature are spoiling to put more guns in classrooms at the earliest opportunity. Today, the Washington Post reports a complication — from insurance companies.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Razorbacks plan a return to real grass in 2019

    I don't know why the news of a return to real grass at Razorback stadium seemed like such good news to me. Old fogey, I guess.
    • May 27, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • Trump's strangulation of Obamacare

    If he can't kill it outright, Donald Trump will do all he can to cripple Obamacare. Vox has detailed reporting on deep cuts in federal spending that support nonprofit agencies that help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016

Most Viewed

  • The suffering children's open line

    Until it's fixed, nobody is doing enough to resist the Trump administration's cruel and thoughtless handling of asylum-seeking children.

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation