Morning CheckUp: August 18, 2011

Health cuts = less jobs: “It’s not realistic to believe that we’re going to continue to generate job growth when you’re speaking about Medicare and Medicaid reductions in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the next few years.” [NYT]

Unnecessary cervical cancer screenings drive up costs: “Researchers based at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that many primary care doctors would bring women back for cancer screening annually — while recommendations generally call for a three-year wait after normal tests.That means more costs to women and the healthcare system, as well as a risk of unnecessary treatment for false-positive test results — with very little additional cancer-catching benefit. ” [Reuters]

Public is still confused about health reform: “The Public Policy Institute of California asked poor residents to share their understanding of health reform. The institute’s report shows many people don’t understand how reform is supposed to work, or what they’ll get out of it.” [KPBS]

Kansas GOP wants no part of ObamaCare: “Gov. Sam Brownback didn’t go far enough in returning a $31.5 million federal health care grant, according to the Kansas Republican Party. Delegates at Saturday’s state committee meeting in Wichita approved a resolution rejecting all aspects of the Affordable Care Act.” [Wichita Eagle]

Dems urge obesity coverage in essential benefits: “A contingent of House Democrats, spearheaded by Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY) and backed by a large grassroots effort spurred by the Campaign to End Obesity and the Obesity Action Coalition, is encouraging HHS to include the full continuum of medically necessary obesity care services in the essential health benefits package that all insurers will be required to cover in order to sell products in the health insurance exchanges.” [Amy Lotven]

Colorado governor sells ObamaCare: “Hickenlooper touted this year’s passage of Senate Bill 200, which garnered bipartisan support to create a health benefits exchange program that establishes a competitive insurance marketplace. Colorado stands out as being the only state out of seven to pass a health exchange bill with bipartisan approval. “Health care is not a partisan issue,” he said. “Good health care and access to health care doesn’t have to do with any political persuasion.” [Aurora Sentinel]