Huckabee: Obamacare defeat will doom Obama's re-electionFormer Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee tells Newsmax that Democratic commentator James Carville is “dreaming” when he says a Supreme Court decision to strike down Obamacare would be beneficial to Democrats and help President Obama win re-election.
The Arkansas Republican, who sought the GOP presidential nomination in 2008, likens Obamacare to a stew with tainted meat — the individual mandate requiring Americans to purchase healthcare insurance — and says the entire stew should be discarded and made over from scratch.
Huckabee also says the contentious GOP primary race has been a disaster for Republicans, warns that a brokered GOP convention would be a “train wreck,” calls potential vice presidential selection Marco Rubio the future of the Republican Party, and asserts that Obama’s overheard comments to Russia’s president are “unforgiveable.”
Huckabee, a best-selling author, currently offers three daily commentaries on more than 500 Cumulus Media Network radio stations and is a host and contributor on Fox News Channel. His new radio program “The Mike Huckabee Show,” a daily three-hour talk show, will begin airing on April 2 on Cumulus, which has more than 4,000 affiliate stations reaching 121 million listeners.
In an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV, Huckabee was asked how Republicans would react if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare’s individual mandate but allows portions of the healthcare reform bill to stand.
“I think they’re going to want to repeal it all and start over with a clean slate,” Huckabee declares.
“This whole healthcare bill was shoved down the throats of both Congress and the country. The smart thing to do if the Supreme Court strikes down the heart of it, which is the individual mandate, is to say let’s go back, we can take the things from it that we might think are good. Let’s put those on a piece of paper, let’s build around it and let’s put a real healthcare reform bill in place that makes sense. But let’s take it incrementally and don’t try to put everything in there.
“I look at this healthcare bill as a big bowl of stew, and at this point the Supreme Court may say there’s some tainted meat in that stew that we’re going to take out. I don’t know, if you take the tainted meat out, if anybody would still want to eat it.
“Let’s start with a clean pot, some fresh meat, and let’s make this stew all over again. That’s what we need to do with the healthcare bill.”
Referring to Carville’s prediction that a Supreme Court rejection of Obamacare would be the best thing for Democrats and the president, Huckabee says: “James is dreaming. He needs to wake up and face reality. Nobody likes Obamacare for the most part. Nearly 70 percent of the American population believes that it’s unconstitutional and ought to be repealed.
“So it’s not just an issue where Republicans don’t like it and Democrats do. Independents and a lot of Democrats don’t like it either. The best thing Democrats can do is to have it stricken by the Supreme Court and let Congress start over, because if I were a Democrat the last thing I’d want is to have Obamacare hung around my neck going into the autumn elections.”
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