Morning CheckUp: November 7, 2011

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GOP Iowa caucus goers hate the health law: “Sixty-three percent of those polled believe they would be better off if the law were repealed. Just 11 percent say trashing the law — known derisively among Republicans as “Obamacare” — would make them worse off.” [Des Moines Register]

Health reform to pay for prison care: “Under a provision of the law, virtually all state prisoners could be eligible for Medicaid coverage of their hospital stays beginning in 2014 — and the federal government would pick up the tab, officials said Friday.” [Statesman]

States expand CHIP: “At least six states have opened their Children’s Health Insurance Programs to the kids of low-income state employees, an option that was prohibited until the passage of the 2010 health law.” [Kaiser Health News]

Perry’s stem-cell surgery may be blocked by state: “The adult stem cell procedure that Texas Gov. Rick Perry underwent this summer could be blocked under new rules being considered by the state’s Medical Board.” [Fox News]

An alternative to CLASS: “The best way is probably through universal long-term care insurance. Every major developed country on the planet — except for the U.S. and the U.K. — has already gone this route. Here, insurance could be offered by the government, or by private carriers in a regulated national marketplace (much like the Medicare Part D drug benefit or Medicare Advantage managed-care plans).” [Howard Gleckman]

States worry about ACA’s shortcomings: “State officials are pushing back hard against what they view as shortcomings in the healthcare reform law for fear they’ll be barraged with complaints when people have trouble affording insurance.” [The Hill]

Health industry seeks to influence the exchanges: “From insurance companies to drug stores to doctors, just about any industry that touches the health care system has a different opinion on how the Obama administration should shape the new insurance markets at the heart of the health-care reform law. But they all agree on one thing: now is the time to weigh in.” [Sarah Kliff]

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