Morning CheckUp: April 6, 2012

Romney adviser lobbied for the mandate: “Mitt Romney’s new advisor, Ed Gillespie, was a lobbyist for a federal individual mandate two years before President Obama embraced the idea.” [Washington Examiner]

Holder answers judge: “Attorney General Eric Holder rose to the defense of President Obama on Thursday over remarks he made earlier this week questioning the authority of the US Supreme Court to potentially overturn his health-care reform law. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the Northwestern University law school in Chicago, Thursday. In a letter written at the request of a federal appellate judge, Holder is providing assurances that the Obama administration respects the decisions that courts make.” [Christian Science Monitor]

Dismantling health reform would hurt health IT: “Dismantling the federal health reform law could slow the adoption of health IT and undermine the meaningful use program, according to a report released this week by the office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI). [iHealthBeat]

Maryland passes legislation establishing exchanges: “Maryland continued its aggressive implementation of health care change Thursday despite uncertainty surrounding the issue nationally, as the General Assembly passed legislation to create open markets where people will buy insurance. The law to set up the health benefit exchanges was sent to Gov. Martin O’Malley, who supports the legislation.” [Baltimore Sun]

Mass. Senate President pledges health care changes: “Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray told business leaders Thursday that she expects passage by July 1 of a major health care bill aimed at saving billions of dollars for consumers and small businesses in the next decade.” [AP]

Coakley moves to regulate health cost: “Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office is quietly circulating a proposal to more tightly regulate hospitals and doctors and the prices they are paid to care for patients. Coakley’s staff has drafted legislation and has briefed providers, business leaders, key legislators, and the governor’s office on the plan to contain health care spending.” [Boston Globe]

Miss. sole abortion clinic to sue if can’t comply: “The owner of Mississippi’s sole abortion clinic says she will sue the state if her business can’t comply with a regulation that will soon become law.” [AP]