Huckabee lashes out at senators after failed Obamacare repeal


Mike Huckabee is speaking out after the GOP’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare.

After the Senate’s “skinny repeal” of Obamacare failed late Thursday night by a vote of 51-49, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) called for the repeal of the 17th Amendment, stating that it’s time to return to the practice of “Senators chosen by state legislatures.”

Ratified in 1913, the 17th Amendment established the popular election of senators, which critics say has taken the power away from the people and lets elected officials basically ignore their constituents until election time.

“Founders had it right,” tweeted Huckabee, noting that senators who are chosen by state legislatures “will work for their states.”

The Senate’s bill, which would have repealed various parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the individual mandate, and would have defunded Planned Parenthood, failed after three Republican senators, John McCain (Ariz.), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Susan Collins (Maine), turned coat and voted against it.

“We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of the aisle, heed the recommendations of [the] nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people,” McCain stated after the vote.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said “it is time to move on,” noting early Friday, “What we tried to accomplish for the American people was the right thing for the country. I think the American people are going to regret that we couldn’t find another way forward.”

Huckabee took to Twitter to criticize the three Republicans who killed the repeal.


Michael Dale Huckabee (born August 24, 1955) is an American politician, Christian minister, author, and commentator who served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007. He was a candidate in the United States Republican presidential primaries in both 2008 and 2016. He won the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and finished second in delegate count and third in both popular vote and number of states won, behind John McCain and Mitt Romney.

Beginning in 2008, Huckabee hosted the Fox News Channel talk show ‘Huckabee’, ending the show in January 2015 in order to explore a potential bid for the presidency. From April 2012 through December 2013, he hosted a daily radio program, ‘The Mike Huckabee Show’, on weekday afternoons for Cumulus Media Networks. Huckabee is the author of several best-selling books, an ordained Southern Baptist minister noted for his evangelical views, a musician, and a public speaker. He is also a political commentator on The Huckabee Report.

Huckabee announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination in the 2016 presidential election, in Hope, Arkansas, on May 5, 2015. It was his second run for the U.S. presidency. He suspended his campaign on February 1, 2016, and became an active supporter of Donald Trump.

Huckabee’s daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders is currently serving the president by acting as White House press secretary. She took on the role after Sean Spicer stepped down from the position. Spicer resigned after the president hired Anthony Scaramucci to be the White House communications director.

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