Morning CheckUp: September 23, 2012

Romney and Perry spar over health care reform in debate: Perry accused Romney of being for Obamacare before he was against it and of changing his views on the merits of the Massachusetts health care plan in different versions of his book. Romney countered that he “said no such thing” and that Massachusetts plan was “a state plan for a state.” He doubled down on his opposition to federal health care reform, insisting that it would put a bureaucrat between you and your doctor. [AP]

Bachmann defends HPV vaccine remarks: Perry admitted he made a mistake but said, “I got lobbied by a 31-year-old young lady with stage four cervical cancer,” while Bachmann ‘clarified’ that she was not calling the vaccine dangerous, but merely relaying what somebody else had told her. [CBS News]

Herman Cain claims he would be dead under ObamaCare: Cain reiterated his claims that he would have died from colon and liver cancer if he had received his treatments under Obama’s health reform plan because of delayed access to services. [Daily Beast]

Health reform is back in court today: “Lawyers for the Obama administration will once again head to court to defend the health care reform law, this time from challengers who argue it violates their religious freedom.” [ABC News]

CLASS delayed: “The Department of Health and Human Services is delaying implementation of the CLASS program for at least a year, and the department has reassigned everyone who was working in the CLASS office..Although HHS has tried to project confidence publicly that the program will both exist and be solvent, sources told The Hill that HHS asked Congress not to fund implementation of the CLASS program next year.” [The Hill]

Senate committee lifts ban on abortions is Peace Corps: “The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Affairs, and Related Programs has passed a bill that would amend the current total ban on abortion care for Peace Corps volunteers by allowing the Corps to provide access to safe abortion services in cases of sexual assault, incest or life endangerment. ” [RH RealityCheck]

Group wants abortion ban on NV ballot: “An anti-abortion group is trying to get a measure on the ballot so Nevada voters can ban abortion.” The group will need to collect 72,000 signatures. [AP]

Alexander tells Romney to stick by Massachusetts health law: “Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) tells ABC News he thinks Romney should not only vigorously defend the health care law he signed as Governor, but also resist the recommendations from fellow republican heavy hitters like Tea Party kingmaker Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) to admit he made a mistake.” [ABC News]