Governor Mike Huckabee was in Tampa on Friday to address a summit sponsored by the University of South Florida Health Department. Below are some highlights from the Tampa Tribune coverage and CLICK HERE for the full story.
He's a former governor of Arkansas and a dark-horse candidate for the Republican nomination. He's a social conservative and an anti-tax, pro-defense hawk, but probably best known for efforts to attack obesity as governor.
Today's children are the first in the nation's history "who are not expected to live as long as their parents and grandparents."
That will destroy the productivity of workers while blowing health care costs through the roof, he contends. Already the highest in the industrialized world at 17 percent of the gross domestic product, U.S. health care costs are likely to go to 20 percent in less than 10 years, double those of most developed nations.
"It would not just change the health of America, it would change the economy of America," he said. "If we don't look at this issue as the most serious internal issue in America today, the reality is, economically, we have no chance of surviving what we face."