Huckabee the Health Nanny

by Jonathan H. Adler

In 1992 Hucakbee supported an AIDS quarantine, despite the lack of any real public health justification for such a step. Today he supports a federal smoking ban in public places. This causes me to wonder: Is Huckabee willing to throw the idea of limited government out the window any time there is a plausible (or even not so plausible) public health argument for doing so? What does it mean when he says it is the government’s “responsibility” to create a “culture of health,” and that there should be federal legislation pushing employers encourage healthier lifestyles among their employees? It is often noted that Huckabee brings the fervor of a convert to health issues because of his own health turnaround — and that is what worries me.

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