Morning CheckUp: July 27, 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?

Boehner falls short, promises to re-write plan: “House Republicans delayed a vote on Boehner’s bill, which had been set for Wednesday, after congressional budget analysts dealt the legislation a potentially devastating setback by saying it would save far less over the next decade than the $1.2 trillion advertised. The Congressional Budget Office projected that the spending cuts would save only about $850 billion over that period.” Boehner will re-write the bill and bring it up Thursday. [Washington Post]

Victim of his own success: Measured against March 2011 government expenditure levels, which Republicans lowered by cutting some $250 billion earlier in the year, the Boehner proposal, as currently written, “would reduce the deficit by $850 billion during the next decade, according to the CBO. Measured against January 2011 government spending levels, the bill would reduce budget deficits by roughly $1.1 trillion during that same time period.” [Sam Stein]

Plan relied on provisions the CBO doesn’t score: “House Speaker John Boehner’s debt ceiling proposal would reduce the deficit by $851 billion over 10 years, but the $15.7 billion that would be saved by strengthening program integrity efforts in Social Security, Disability, Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP would not count toward that total due to a scorekeeping rule enacted under the 1997 Balanced Budget Act.” [Inside Health Policy]

Docs are asking for SGR to be part of the deal: “The AMA is circulating a forcefully worded letter to the White House and congressional lawmakers, co-signed by 112 state and local medical organizations, urging them to end the “budget gimmicks” and include a permanent SGR fix in a deal that would both raise the nation’s borrowing limit and avert “draconian” payment cuts to doctors.” [Inside Health Policy]

Abortion rate down in Minnesota: “There were 11,505 abortions in the state during 2010 – a decline of 7 percent from the 12,388 abortions performed during 2009, according to a report released today by the Minnesota Department of Health. It was the fourth consecutive decline in annual totals since the recent peak of 14,065 abortions in 2006.” [Pionees Press]

Injunction against SD abortion law to remain in effect: South Dakota won’t appeal an injunction that stops the state’s 72-hour waiting period law from taking effect, Attorney General Marty Jackley said Tuesday. Jackley’s office said letting the injunction stand as the case moves through federal court will save the state money in the long run. [Argus Leader]

North Carolina House overrides governor’s veto of anti-abortion law: “The North Carolina House of Representatives narrowly overrode a veto on Tuesday of a bill requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting an abortion and be presented with a ultrasound of the fetus.” The bill now moves to the state Senate…Should the Senate also override Perdue’s veto, the bill would become law 90 days after that vote.” [Reuters]

10 hospitals are suing New Hampshire over low Medicaid rates: “Ten hospitals sued New Hampshire in federal court Monday over the state’s payments to them for caring for Medicaid patients,” claiming the state is “violating the federal Medicaid Act by providing insufficient payment to them and their doctors to treat Medicaid patients.” [AP]

Congress asked to stay out of NIH: “A coalition of researchers and other stakeholders wrote to appropriators Tuesday urging them to continue funding scientific research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and leave politics out of the review process.” [Julian Pecquet]