Thursday, July 12, 2007

Mike Huckabee is a skinny blow-hard

To borrow the words of a very old cliché, Mike Huckabee has gone from preachin’ to meddlin’. The former governor and Republican presidential hopeful has, for reasons completely unknown, gone off on documentary film maker Michael Moore.

Now, it may be that you disliked Moore’s original blast at Ford Motors, or his election year documentary that gave the Bushes such a hard time, but Moore has been highly praised for his latest offering, “Sicko.” Even the “fair and balanced” cable news channel has bee highly positive about a film that dispassionately tells of the struggles of uninsured American families.

Mike Huckabee, who generally does manage to identify with poor folks, at least in theory, tore into the rotund Mr. Moore. The Huckster said, “Michael Moore is an example of why the health care system costs so much in this country. He clearly is one of the reasons that we have a very expensive system.”

Forgive me for bringing up facts, but I was not aware that Moore, who is clearly overweight, has been ill or filed any insurance claims. Talk about killing the messenger. All Michael Moore has done is compellingly expose a system most of us know is broke. Only the super wealthy, insurance companies, and pharmaceuticals which own the Republican Party would not see that.

So much for Mr. Huckabee.

(Broadcast July 12, 2007)

There are A LOT of problems with health care in our country (and I'm speaking as one who has to buy his own policy). Some things have GOT to change.

However, Huckabee was right -- fat people like Michael Moore are part of the problem. I worked for a small company several years ago, and we had wonderful insurance. But we had to change to a different provider because our rates were increased dramatically. Why? We had several fat people with diabetes who were running up huge medical bills.

Oh, and Moore did his first docudrama on GM, not Ford.
I too thought it was rather incongruous for overweight Moore to be releasing a movie about American health care problems. That does not make his movie any less legitimate, but it should also make us question how much American lifestyles account for the difference in public health statistics between us and other countries.
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