Morning CheckUp: October 28, 2011

Cain still unclear on abortion position: “The campaign of Herman Cain again worked to clarify his stance on abortion Thursday night after the GOP presidential candidate raised new questions at a Texas campaign stop when he said he was “pro-life, no exceptions.” [CNN]

Obama approves California waiver: “The Obama administration on Thursday approved hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts to California‚Äôs Medicaid program that the state had requested to shore up its dismal finances.” [Julian Pecquet]

House passes health care tweak: “The House approved legislation Thursday that would tighten the eligibility requirements for participation in health insurance exchanges, Medicaid and other programs under last year’s healthcare law, making it harder for middle-income Americans to qualify for these programs.” [Floor Action Blog]

Advocates go on air against Medicare cuts: “The Coalition to Protect America’s Health Care today kicked off a multi-week ad campaign asking people to tell Congress to preserve Medicare funding for hospital care. The campaign, a multi-million dollar buy, warns that Medicare cuts will hurt the most vulnerable populations by reducing the number of nurses and increasing hospital wait times.” [National Journal]

Two Florida insurers exit the market: “Two tiny health insurance companies are exiting Florida’s individual market because of Democrats’ healthcare law, the state’s insurance department announced Thursday in an effort to bolster its request for a waiver.” [Healthwatch]

Feds step-up rate review process: “Federal regulators will step up their role in rate review for association health plans after determining nearly half the states lack a satisfactory mechanism for reviewing premiums on these special health insurance products, which trade groups sell to members. ” [Politico]

Medicaid expansion size still unknown: The number of additional people “enrolling in Medicaid may vary by more than 10 million, which would require federal government to spend an additional $58 billion on the program annually,” a new study from Health Affairs finds. [ABC News]