The healthcare system is upside-down, centering on treating people rather than curing them, because that is where the money is, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has claimed.
"We spend most of the money on treating diseases. And, you know why? Because there is money to be made in treating a disease," he said on Monday's Fox & Friends.
"If you cure it, there is no money. If you prevent it, there is no money to be made."
Huckabee said that treatment is an important factor, but the primary focus should be on cure and prevention, both for the health of individuals and the federal budget.
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"Here is what we need to do. Focus on a cure rather than just on a treatment. Three stages in dealing with disease — preventing it, curing it, treating it," he said.
"It will bankrupt Medicare and Medicaid if we don't deal with these huge issues that are the cost outliers in healthcare," Huckabee warned.
Huckabee also claimed that President Barack Obama had moved "beyond disingenuous to being dishonest" in his depiction of how Republicans view health coverage for the uninsured.
The president recently said that Republicans want to deny health insurance to the uninsured, saying, "The one unifying principle in the Republican party, at the moment, is making sure that 30 million people don't have healthcare."
But Huckabee called that claim "nonsense."
"We've taken 15 percent of people who don't have insurance, and, in an attempt to give it to them, we messed it up for the 85 percent of people who do," he said in reference to the Affordable Care Act.
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