The Morning CheckUp: June 6, 2011

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"The Morning CheckUp: June 6, 2011"

Welcome to The Morning CheckUp, ThinkProgress Health’s 7:00 AM round-up of the latest in health policy and politics. Here is what we’re reading, what are you?

Support up for Romneycare: “63 percent of Massachusetts residents support the 2006 health law, up 10 percentage points in the past two years. Just 21 percent said they were against the law.” [Boston Globe]

States slow to implement health reform: fewer than “one-fourth of states have taken concrete steps to create health insurance marketplaces” while 43 states, “have made fresh cuts to Medicaid.” [Washington Post]

But Alabama is moving forward with implementation: Politico’s Sarah Kliff reports that when “it comes to health policy, Alabama is a Republican-controlled state that pushes back against the grain in just about every way. It has a governor gunning to set up a health exchange, a Medicaid director skeptical of block grants and a rapidly expanding Children’s Health Insurance Program.” [Politico]

South Carolina is sitting on its grant dollars: the Haley administration is “leaving hundreds of thousands of federal health care dollars in limbo when the money could be spent right away to help uninsured residents, patient advocates said.” [The Herald]

A state-by-state analysis of the GOP’s Medicare plan: a new report by Reps. Henry Waxman and Frank Pallone (D-NJ) finds that “GOP’s provisions to alter the Medicaid program would and individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to supplement their Medicare coverage or pay their Medicare cost sharing” in Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) district. [Full report]

Republicans don’t seem interested in developing replacements to ACA: “Our focus right now is on repealing all of ‘Obamacare’ and pieces of it where we can,” said Rep. John Kline [R-Minn.], the chairman of the Education and Workforce Committee, one of three panels with jurisdiction over the health policy. “And then we’re working on spurring the economy and getting America back to work with jobs.” [The Hill]

Democrats stay quite on GOP’s Medicaid cuts: “for all the Democrats’ posturing and campaigning against Republican plans for Medicare, the GOP budget actually makes more immediate and deeper cuts to Medicaid. But Democrats haven’t been blasting the GOP Medicaid plan with nearly the same fervor, even though Republicans would cut about $750 billion from the program during the next decade and end the guaranteed federal match for states.” [Politico]

States turn to foundations to help finance implementation of reform: “short on cash and time, officials in California and at least a dozen other states have turned to philanthropies to help pay for the extra work required under the federal health law.” [Kaiser Health News]

Texas Governor Rick Perry signs new tort reform legislation: the measure institutes a ‘loser-pays’ provision in lawsuits deemed to be frivolous and “allows a trial court to dismiss a lawsuit immediately if the case is not based in law or fact.” [Business Insurance]

Indiana risks $4.3 billion with abortion law: “Indiana conservatives are clearly hoping the administration will blink if it comes to cutting off health insurance for poor people. The money pays for all kinds of routine health care.” [Associated Press]

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