Morning CheckUp: July 11, 2011

Welcome to 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?

Still no deal on debt ceiling: “Obama, at least, was willing to make that leap and had put significant reductions to entitlement programs on the table. But on Saturday, Boehner blinked: Republican aides said he could not, in the end, reach agreement with the White House on a strategy to permit the Bush-era tax cuts for the nation’s wealthiest households to expire next year, as lawmakers undertook a thorough rewrite of the tax code.” [Washington Post]

Governors plead against Medicaid cuts: “With the president and congressional leaders poised for Sunday talks on a debt-ceiling deal, the nation’s governors sent them a letter anticipating their Medicaid funding was about to get hit as a means to cut federal spending.” [Modern Healthcare]

One doctor tries to filler Dr. Tiller’s shoes: Dr. Mila Means “bought much of Tiller’s medical equipment and office furniture for $20,000. Her goal was to continue her family practice and start performing abortions of fetuses up to 15 weeks.” [NY Times]

The trouble with attacking Romneycare: “When they set out to reform health care in their states, both Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah, and Tim Pawlenty, former governor of Minnesota, considered the same tools that Romney adopted, including a mandate that people obtain health insurance and a state “exchange” where they could buy it. Both men ended up settling for reforms far more limited than Romney’s. But their records have left them open to charges of hypocrisy when they blast the Massachusetts and national health-care laws.” [Washington Post]

Rush undermined Kansas abortion rules: “Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration created significant legal problems for Kansas as it attempts to increase its regulation of abortion providers by giving them relatively little time to comply with new rules.” [AP]

California defending ACA in court: California Attorney General Kamala Harris — who already had joined friend-of-the-court briefs defending the constitutionality of last year’s federal health care reform law in the 6th, 4th and 11th U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal — has now done so again in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.” [Contra Costa Times]

Administration reaches goal with Partnership for Patients program: “More than 2,000 hospitals have signed onto a public-private effort to reduce hospital-acquired conditions, federal officials said Friday, meeting the Obama administration’s goal.” [Julian Pecquet]

RI may issue executive order to establish exchanges: With legislative efforts stalled, a “state commission that has been preparing for the health-care changes plans to ask Governor Chafee to issue an executive order that would accomplish what the legislation intended –– create a ‘health benefits exchange,’ a way for individuals and small businesses to shop for health insurance.” [Projo]

GOP steps up “rationing” charges against health law: “The renewed attacks on the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) will play out in two hearings: first Tuesday in the House Budget Committee, followed by a four-panel marathon the next day in the Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee.” [Sam Baker]

Democrat to testify against IPAB: Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) “will be one of the GOP’s star witnesses at the Energy and Commerce Committee hearing. She says IPAB puts Congress’s responsibility in the hands of an outside panel and could lead to arbitrary cuts to doctors, hospitals and other providers.” [Jen Haberkorn]