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'Sicko' Moore does not 'heart' Huckabee's

By Stone Martindale Jul 15, 2007, 18:13 GMT

'Sicko' Moore does not 'heart' Huckabee's

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee participates in a debate with nine other GOP candidates for president at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on 03 May 2007. EPA/PAUL BUCK

Longshot Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee does not "heart" film maker Michael Moore or his latest film "Sicko."

Moore's documentary on the nation's health-care system, "Sicko," has fired off the struggling Republican presidential candidate Huckabee to offer criticism of the film's premise, and Moore's camp believes Huckabee is motivated more by his need for campaign funds than his concerns for Americans' health, according to the AP.

Huckabee told reporters in a conference call Wednesday that he hasn't seen and probably won't see the Flint, Mich. native's documentary "Sicko."

"Frankly, 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. I know that from my own personal experience," said Huckabee to reporters.

Huckabee had dropped over 100 pounds and dramatically changed his life after a health scare years ago.

"I know how much more my health care cost when I didn't take care of myself than when I do take care of myself, not only in terms of doctor visits but regular diseases, illnesses, chronic things that come up, monthly prescription bills," Huckabee said. "All of those things have gone dramatically down since I've taken care of myself and worked to live a healthier lifestyle."

The AP reports that "Sicko" producer Meghan O'Hara, "questioned Huckabee's motives in criticizing Moore."

"Looks like Mike Huckabee is auditioning for some insurance company dough, since he's raised just about no money and sparked zero interest since jumping into the race," O'Hara said in a response provided by Moore's production office to the AP.

"I wonder what the good governor would say to the French, who drink more, smoke more, eat more cheese and still live longer than us despite paying less for health care?"

Huckabee also criticized Moore for his Cuba trip.

"Let me ask you, have you ever met anybody when they were really sick say, 'Oh my gosh, I have a desperate disease. Get me to Havana, I've got to have the best health care in the world,'" Huckabee said to reporters.

Huckabee stressed that prevention was key, with insurance companies being held responsible for more preventive measures.

Huckabee cited the upside down logic of insurers popping hundreds of thousands on heart operations when preemptive diet and exercise could have saved the enormous bill.

The AP reported that Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani was sour on Moore's "Sicko" too: "If you try to do socialized medicine, a la Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, Barack Obama or Michael Moore, you're going to end up with a disaster," the former New York mayor said to the AP.

Moore's camp countered that the GOP was clueless about what 'Sicko" points out in the every day struggle most Americans deal with in some form or fashion regarding healthcare. 

"No wonder the Republicans are in such trouble their entire plan to fix the health care system in this country is to tell people to lose weight," she said. to the AP.

"Maybe if Mike Huckabee and his Republican friends stopped sucking up to health-insurance campaign contributors they wouldn't feel the need to blame Americans for this crisis. Just because he stopped eating Twinkies by the bushel doesn't make that an outline for a national health care plan.


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