Issue Position: Healthcare

Issue Position

Date: Jan. 1, 2014

Thad continues to fight against Obamacare. He has voted to oppose, defund or repeal Obamacare's overreach 102 times on the Senate. In 2013, Thad cosponsored the Obamacare Repeal Act authored by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX). Thad believes that Obamacare denies healthcare choice, stifles economic mobility and costs American jobs. In fact, a February Congressional Budget Office report confirms that Obamacare is reducing American jobs.

Thad also cosponsored legislation that would prevent taxpayer-funded bailouts of health insurance companies at the Obama Administration's discretion, as permitted under Obamacare. Beyond the cost of these bailouts, these payments would likely end up being one more smokescreen to hide just how harmful and costly this ill-conceived law is turning out to be. Thad believes that lawmakers must go back to the drawing board and draft legislation that will work better for all Americans and actually reduce the cost of healthcare services without spending billions of taxpayer dollars to support these failing policies. The White House's delay of the employer mandate past the 2014 elections is a sign that employers are responding to Obamacare's mandates exactly as critics have contended: by cutting back on workers and hours. More recently, we learned that Medicare is being raided to pay for Obamacare. Seniors could lose access to the doctors they liked and were told they could keep. The President has shown he isn't afraid to cherry-pick which parts of the law he delays, so he should stop these harmful cuts to Medicare.

Thad believes healthcare decisions are best made by families, not bureaucrats in Washington. That's why he has made sure Mississippians have access to high quality care and transformative research. Thad forced the National Institutes of Health to stop putting Mississippi at the back of the pack and advocated a greater focus on Mississippi academic research partnerships. Today, doctors and researchers at the Guyton Research Complex headquartered in Jackson work with other world-class institutions to find cures for diseases affecting thousands of Mississippians.