- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 25, 2015

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee wants the U.S. to get out of the business of veterans’ health and medical care.

The Veterans Health Administration, the part of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs handling medical care, should be “put out of its misery and most importantly, put it out of the government’s” reach, Mr. Huckabee said Wednesday at a stop in Osceola, Iowa, the Des Moines Register reported.

Veterans should instead be given a health care card that provides them with medical services at whatever facility or provider they go to, said Mr. Huckabee, a 2016 GOP presidential candidate and winner of the 2008 caucuses in Iowa.

“You say ‘that might be expensive.’ It might be,” he said. “If we have to take down every monument in Washington, D.C., cut them up in pieces and sell them as souvenirs to pay for it, so be it.”

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