Morning CheckUp: November 10, 2011

Big day for SCOTUS: “The nine Supreme Court justices could decide as soon as Thursday whether — and how — to wade into the politically charged legal waters of health reform…The justices will have to decide which of four pending cases challenging the individual mandate the court should hear and whether to take up other aspects of the law as well.” [Jennifer Haberkorn]

‘Princess Nancy’: “Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Wednesday that Republicans already have a strong alternative to President Obama’s healthcare plan, but “Princess Nancy” wouldn’t let it move forward.During Wednesday night’s Republican debate, Cain again plugged a bill introduced in the last Congress by Rep. Tom Price (R-GA).” [Sam Baker]

Personhood proponents press on: “Supporters of the so-called personhood movement, which defines life as beginning at fertilization, vowed to push for the amendment in five other states next year, even though this Bible Belt state may have been its best chance at success.” [Boston Globe]

Alabama readies legislation: “Abortion opponents in Alabama are not being deterred by the defeat of a constitutional amendment in Mississippi saying life begins at fertilization. Republican Sen. Phil Williams of Rainbow City has already prepared legislation for the session starting Feb. 7 to put a constitutional amendment to voters that would effectively ban abortion.” [AP]

Consumer advocates go after insurers: “Consumers Union on Wednesday sent the White House a letter signed by more than 50 organizations demanding that the administration require simple, standardized health insurance forms starting next year, as called for in the law. The letter comes as insurers and some business groups are asking to exclude employer-sponsored coverage from the requirement along with a delay of up to two years.” [The Hill]

North Dakota advances exchanges: “North Dakota could become one of the first states in the country to implement a key provision of the 2010 federal health care reform legislation if lawmakers approve a bill during this week’s special session.” [Grand Forks Herald]

Massachusetts cost control panel releases recommendations: “A special commission charged with studying rising health care costs in Massachusetts is recommending the creation of an independent oversight panel to identify acceptable and unacceptable reasons for price variations in care based on which hospital or doctor is used.” [Boston Globe]