April 6, 2019

When I disagree with President Trump, I have no qualms saying so, and here’s an example of where I think he’s wrong.  He announced yesterday that the Republicans might wait until after the 2020 election to present a health care plan to replace Obamacare.


I think that’s a bad move, particularly given the controversy his Justice Department already stirred by siding with a judge who ruled all of Obamacare unconstitutional.  The ruling may be correct legally, but Americans are very concerned about the rising costs of health coverage. Obamacare was certainly not the way to lower costs (it was like trying to put out a grass fire with a bucket of kerosene), but voters don’t want to see one plan scrapped before an alternative is in place.  Democrats will try to capitalize on the “Republicans don’t care if you die” narrative, and the GOP needs a better response than “Trust us again.” 


The Republicans had two years of control of the House, Senate and White House to repeal and replace Obamacare, which they’d promised to do for years.  Yes, I know that no plan would have gotten past the 60-vote margin in the Senate, just as no Republican plan could pass the House now.  But that’s no excuse for not at least offering a replacement plan with market-based solutions to deal with rising costs and help for those with preexisting conditions.  I sense that voters are out of patience with being told “it’s coming after the next election.” There’s been plenty of time to come up with a plan, and Americans deserve to see it before they vote.  


Remember, if it helps, coming up with a plan that’s better than either Obamacare or Medicare-For-All is a pretty low bar.



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  • Robert L Fragoman

    04/08/2019 11:00 AM

    Mike, Remember the "Art of the Deal".

  • Vicki Bingham

    04/08/2019 07:43 AM

    There is a link on your he article to sign a petition to demand mueller release the report ??

  • gordon e fowler

    04/07/2019 08:13 PM

    I agree with you Brother Huckabee, and by the way let your daughter know we are behind her, she is a chip Amen

  • Thomas B. m halth care Collins

    04/07/2019 07:53 PM

    I totally agree with Mr. Huckabee. Obamacare is not popular with the people, but
    secure, affordable health care, with some choices and options, not a lot of mandates,
    is. This is a prime opportunity for Reps to come up with a much better plan and
    approach to health care, that allows people to keep what they like in their plans,
    control costs and give them what they need to cover their family's needs. If Reps
    provide what the people want and need in a workable, affordable way, they will
    own health care and take away this issue from Dems.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/07/2019 05:17 PM

    I say NO 2, must act on get some HC plan ready in the works NOW& vote for Dec.
    We dont know whats ahead.
    Have the minds etc in place Now to change HC
    Why wait, IF Dems take over Its ALLGone
    Put plan in place minimum by Nov 2019 unless earlier
    Use prior plan as template to saveTime.

  • Beverley J Martin

    04/07/2019 03:40 PM

    I so agree with you Mr. Huckabee??????It was one of his big talking points in his
    campaign for President. There are so many people, even within my own family whom can not afford health insurance ?? Shame on Congress, but shame on Congress for many issues that they didn’t face and take care of when they had the chance. Thanks again for your insitefull Analysis of what’s going on in our

  • George Riffel

    04/07/2019 11:25 AM

    I agree 100 % Mike , that's as bad as Pelosie with her " WE MUST VOTE ON IT BEFORE WE GET TO SEE IT" Bill !!!

  • Robert Deplorable Baublitz

    04/07/2019 10:07 AM

    I agree with you about the useless RINO's not doing anything but talk R&R for years.
    I believe Americans must begin electing Independent, Constitutionaly sound people to Congress. Not not more who cater to useless party politics.
    It's the Founder's intent that matters, not any party's platform.

  • Samuel Smith

    04/06/2019 08:50 PM

    I too think it is a bad idea to wait until after the 2020 election. Mr. Trump does not have any guarantee that he will still be in offices and the GOP may not have control of both cambers. By waiting it just might not set good with voters and they just might put Dem. in control and if so you can forget about dumping Obamacare!

  • Neta C Connell

    04/06/2019 04:51 PM

    I fully agree that President Trump need to have some sort of plan out before the election. If he doesn't the people will just think he is doing business as usually in DC, never to get it done. Even if it is turned down it's worth the effort to work on it.

  • Audrey Skarness

    04/06/2019 04:30 PM

    Veterans Healthcare is under Obamacare. Please get rid of Obamacare immediately.

  • Angie Grimes

    04/06/2019 04:25 PM

    Well said! Waiting until after election is unacceptable on so many level. I hope President Trump will reconsider.

  • Vickie Holyfield

    04/06/2019 04:08 PM

    I agree. Real people out here, including me, cannot afford health insurance and to know it's going to be used as a political football again for another two years angers me to no end. This kind of thing is why I no longer identify as a republican. I'm registered as a republican to be able to vote in the primaries but I no longer donate to the party, only to President Trump. I think it's a huge mistake for him to let the republicans manipulate him this way. No more POLITICS. Just GOVERN. RIGHT NOW, NOT LATER.

  • Doris Chambers

    04/06/2019 03:45 PM

    Mr. Huckster, I do agree with you. This and the wall must be totally addressed and completed before 2020.

  • Amelia Little

    04/06/2019 02:48 PM

    The fellow who stood in for Rush Limbaugh on Friday's program had great points that should be blasted everywhere. First, 25 (or was it just 24) million people would lose their insurance on the exchanges. But, there are only about 11 million currently on the exchanges, so even 24 million is a wrong (false, fake, misleading) number. People with pre-existing conditions won't get coverage. (Sorry I can't remember the fellow's name) the fellow says that the wording in the bill is that pre-existing conditions will be covered. Things like that that are in the bill should be blasted everywhere, too. Maybe on billboards or signs on buses because people who only listen to msm coverage aren't going to hear this information anywhere. I agree, though. It's time to get 'er done--and possibly in addition to benefiting citizens in their health care coverage would secure some votes for conservatives including President Trump.

  • Harold Levi

    04/06/2019 12:23 PM

    Mike, I agree, I was disappointed that Trump wants to delay announcing a replacement healthcare plan, however this may be the best strategy. As it stands now, the Communists have nothing they can sink their teeth into which is illustrated by the Muller report. We can always prove they are lying (normal). A Republican healthcare plan will give them some real meat to sink their teeth into that could easily cause Trump to loose the 2020 election. No matter how good it is you must remember the Communists lie a lot. Remember McCain pushing Grandma over the cliff in a wheelchair?

  • Shauna dickerson

    04/06/2019 11:28 AM

    I was watching Tucker Carlson last night and the thought occurred to me, he should do a whole show based around a poker game. Each Democratic hopeful could be shown upping the ante, each one with a more and more ridiculous promise if they become president. Going from offering forgiving of college debt, to offering Free college to Everyone, then on to Free day care for every working parent, free abortions to the whole world, free everything to anyone in the world or at least anyone who wanted to come here and live, reparations to everyone with any grudge against America. The list goes on. How will it be paid for? Just pay for it!!

  • Beth H

    04/06/2019 11:19 AM

    Why do we need a plan for more government health care? What was wrong with the private market offering insurance to people on a competitive basis?

  • Karen Harper

    04/06/2019 10:58 AM

    I agree. Our Republican leaders have been saying they have a better plan so they need to be presenting it and making their case.