Morning CheckUp: November 14, 2011

Obama to bolster health jobs program: “The Obama administration will announce Monday as much as $1 billion in funding to hire, train and deploy health-care workers, part of the White House’s broader “We Can’t Wait” agenda to bolster the economy after President Obama’s jobs bill stalled in Congress.” [Sarah Kliff]

Health law challenge, a test of federal power: “If the federal government can require people to purchase health insurance, what else can it force them to do? More to the point, what can’t the government compel citizens to do? Those questions have been the toughest ones for the Obama administration’s lawyers to answer in court appearances around the country over the past six months.” [NYT]

Support for Perry falls after “oops” gaff: A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey on Sunday “showed support for Perry fell sharply after the debate. The poll, in which Republican voters were re-interviewed, showed 28 percent were very or somewhat positive about Perry, while 33 percent were less enthusiastic. A week before, 38 percent of those interviewed supported him, while 24 percent were somewhat or very negative about him.” [Reuters]

GOP go after health innovation: Congressional Republicans are “turning their sights to yet another piece of the healthcare reform law — a new center for innovation in Medicare and Medicaid.” [The Hill]

Wealthy beneficiaries targeted in deficit reduction plans: “More than half of 15 major deficit reduction proposals put forth in 2010 and 2011 call for higher-income Medicare beneficiaries to pay more for their coverage.” [Kaiser Health News]

The super committee two-step: “Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas, the co-chairman of the bipartisan supercommittee, said panel members might reach an accord on overall numbers for tax revenue increases, leaving it to other congressional panels to work out the details. ” [Bloomberg]

The highest abortion rate: “Two decades after the Soviet Union’s collapse, wider availability of contraception and a resurgence of religion have reduced the numbers of abortions overall, but termination remains the top method of birth control in Russia. Its abortion rate – 1.3 million, or 73 per 100 births in 2009 – is the world’s highest.” [Reuters]