Huckabee: GOP Health Care Bill Should 'Grant Medicaid Back to the States'
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee joined Fox & Friends to discuss his take on the proposed American Health Care Act.
He said the new bill is a good start "but it's more of a twist of the screw or a tap of the hammer than it is a demolition of the previous plan and something new."
"The biggest thing I wish the Congress had done...they've got to grant Medicaid back to the states. This is something governors have been begging for," he said.
Huckabee said every governor for over 25 years would rather have less money but more flexibility in health care, since they could cover more people by tailoring plans to their unique populations.
"They're still not doing that and let me tell you why," he said. "Congress wants control. They want to keep the power in Washington. Until we devolve the power of health care out of Washington and the centralized federal government and put it back in the hands of the people closer to the patients, we're not going to get the results we're looking for and that's my disappointment here."
Huckabee said health care isn't going to get cheaper since people are living longer and getting more unhealthy as they get older.
"Until we focus on curing and preventing disease all we're doing with the health care plans is treating the disease after they're catastrophic. They'll never get it fixed until we focus on a different paradigm prevention and cures."
He concluded saying he hopes the House GOP bill is the start and "not the finish line."
Watch Huckabee's full interview above, which also includes his take on the WikiLeaks data release on CIA spy programs.