How Thad is fighting Obamacare for Mississippi BY thadforms

The stated goal of Obamacare was to expand health insurance coverage, yet it has forced millions of people to be kicked off of coverage they liked.

Thad spoke out against Obamacare before it was passed and has continued to do so since. He has voted more than 100 times to oppose, repeal, and defund Obamacare.

Thad has also written legislation that would repeal the law if fewer people have insurance now than before Obamacare became law.

One day after Thad announced this legislation, President Obama was forced to break another of Obamacare’s key promises without any Congressional approval as a last ditch effort to bolster his enrollment numbers.

Last week, the GOP asked Thad to deliver its weekly address to highlight his bill’s creative strategy to expose Obamacare’s flaws and to fully repeal it.

Thad believes we need to start over completely and craft common sense legislation that works for all Americans, reduces health care costs, and doesn’t hurt our economy or individual freedom.

BOBBY HARRISON: Cochran holds important place in Mississippi’s history BY thadforms

On my nearly stone-age era telephone/answering machine at my desk in the state Capitol is a message left by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran.

It has survived since 2009. I had called his spokesman earlier that particular day to get a comment on a Medicaid-related issue. I really expected his spokesman to get a comment and relay it back to me either by email or by phone.

That is often how it works in this modern era. When I left fairly late that evening, I still had not heard from Cochran or his spokesman. Since Washington, D.C., is an hour ahead of us, I assumed there would be no statement coming from Cochran. But when I returned the next morning, there was a message left on my answering machine from the previous night – not from a spokesman, but from Cochran.

“Hello, Bobby, this is Thad Cochran,” the message said before he went on to bemoan the intense partisanship in the nation’s Capitol.

I have been careful to preserve that message for a couple of reasons, but mainly not because of what was said, but just because it was from Cochran.

Regardless of what a person might think of his politics, by any measure, Cochran is a historic figure in Mississippi politics. He is the first Republican elected statewide since the 1800s and he is one of five U.S. senators from Mississippi in my lifetime, which is getting fairly lengthy. I also have a message saved from William Winter because I think he also is a significant figure in Mississippi history — not only because of what he did as governor, but also because of the impact he has made after leaving the Governor’s Mansion.

There are other politicians whose message I would have saved, but they never left one. I do have a message preserved from a legislator, who shall remain nameless, who was extremely upset at me when he called. I preserve that message for different reasons. It provides some comical relief.

Last week, Cochran, who turned 76 on Saturday, announced he would seek a seventh term in the Senate. For months, the state’s media members have been speculating on whether Cochran would run again. When he ran in 2008, he left impressions with some that he would not seek the office again.

Plus, he is being challenged by state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville. Now Cochran, a political icon, might figuratively wipe the floor with McDaniel. It is just too early to say. But McDaniel does have the national support from groups that have been successful in upending entrenched politicians in other states.

So, there was intense interest among the state’s media about what Cochran might do. I was literally afraid to go to lunch, thinking I might miss the announcement. But instead of announcing his decision to the state media as a whole, he gave the scoop to one Washington, D.C., reporter, who works for a state newspaper.

In some ways this fits the narrative that most likely will be espoused by McDaniel and his supporters that Cochran is a Washington, D.C., insider more so than he is a Mississippian.

Granted, he was talking to a reporter working for a Mississippi media outlet. But why did he not come home to make the announcement before people who will decide his political future?

Does he not have time to do that?

As I listened again to that aforementioned message left on my antiquated telephone it dawned on me that if nothing else Cochran is as unassuming and as accommodating as someone in his lofty status in life can be.

No doubt, Cochran was asked a question by a reporter, who by being in the nation’s capital every day has better access to him, and, since he had decided what he was going to do, he answered the question.

That is the way Thad Cochran always has done business, and he saw no reason to change at this point in his life.

It should be noted that later on the same day Cochran personally called Mississippi journalists to talk about his decision.

Perhaps a campaign opponent can accurately allege many things about the Pontotoc County native. But it would be a stretch to say he no longer pays attention to the folks back home.

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Poll: Miss. Sen. Cochran leads Tea Party foe by double digits BY thadforms

Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) leads his Tea Party rival by a double-digit margin, according to a new poll from GOP company Harper Polling.

Cochran leads Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) 54 percent to 31 percent in a head-to-head primary match-up, a strong but not insurmountable lead for the longtime senator.

That lead is driven largely by Cochran’s high name identification. His approval rating with Republicans sits at 64 percent with 28 percent disapproving, while McDaniel’s sits at 33 percent approving, 17 percent disapproving and fully half of GOP voters without an opinion.

That’s likely to change: McDaniel has the backing of a number of well-funded conservative groups including the Club for Growth, and will likely have the resources to give Cochran his biggest test since his first election more than three decades ago.

The poll finds a strikingly different result from a poll conducted by Gravis Marketing that was released last week. In that poll, Cochran and McDaniel were tied.

Harper conducted an automated poll of 710 likely Republican voters from Dec. 17-18. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.68 percent.

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Cochran: More Americans Could Be Uninsured Under Obamacare BY thadforms

There is a real possibility, according to U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), that more Americans will be left without health insurance as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a partisan law intended to do just the opposite.

Cochran recently addressed problems with the implementation of the health insurance reform law passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote.

“The ongoing problems with the law’s enrollment website conspicuously foreshadow the more significant failures that can be expected as this law is implemented,” said Cochran, who pointed to last week’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid report showing fewer than 365,000 individuals had selected insurance plans from state and federal health insurance exchanges.

“It has been estimated that more than 47 million nonelderly Americans were uninsured in 2012. This means that less than 1 percent of the uninsured population in the U.S. has selected a health insurance plan by way of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” he said. “It is likely that on January 1st of next year, more Americans will be uninsured than were uninsured at the time that the health care law was enacted. This law’s primary intent was to expand coverage, to encourage insurance, but it seems to be failing on both counts.”

Cochran also said correspondence and messages from Mississippians indicate that full implementation of the law, sometimes referred to as “Obamacare,” is affecting their health insurance options. He cited a self-employed couple from Oxford whose insurance policy was cancelled. Their new monthly premium will increase from just over $700 to almost $1,400–an increase of more than 90 percent.

“To put that in perspective, that is more than $16,000 per year that a family would have to spend on health insurance premiums alone. These types of figures are not affordable for most Americans. So there is a sticker shock associated with this misguided effort to improve our nation’s health insurance programs,” he said.

Cochran said Congress “can do better” to improve the American health care system, including reducing health care costs.

“Health insurance is just one component of our nation’s very complex health care system and we can do better,” Cochran said. “We should get together and find common ground to improve the quality of health care in this country and to reduce overall health care costs. We owe that to our constituents, our economy, and to the future of health care in this country. This is simply too important not to.”

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Thad Cochran Announces Reelection Bid BY thadforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) today issued the following statement:

“Our nation and the State of Mississippi continue to face many challenges and opportunities.

“We must work to defend our national security interests, roll back burdensome policies like Obamacare, continue the fight to reduce our national debt and create opportunities for more jobs and economic growth.

“I will run for reelection to the United States Senate. I will run hard and be successful so that I can continue to serve the people of Mississippi and our nation effectively.”

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