"Morning CheckUp: April 19, 2012"
Jobs, funding related to health law at risk: “If the Supreme Court pulls the plug on health reform, winding it down could be almost as contentious as building it up in the first place. And the hundreds of federal employees in the agencies created or expanded by the health law could find themselves at the center of a new round of fighting. Those positions rely on Affordable Care Act dollars that the court could take away by holding the whole law unconstitutional.” [Politico]
Elizabeth Warren says part of the health law should be repealed: “Elizabeth Warren — the liberal icon challenging Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) — said she would support repealing part of President Obama’s healthcare law. Warren said in an op-ed that Congress should repeal the health law’s tax on medical devices.” [Healthwatch]
New Hampshire contraceptive coverage bill sent for further study: New Hampshire’s “Senate Public and Municipal Affairs Committee voted 4-0 to send a bill to interim study that would exempt employers who object on religious or moral grounds from a state mandate to provide birth control services as part of their health plan for employees.” [Union Leader]
IRS understaffed to implement the mandate: “The federal government’s Internal Revenue Service has too few employees to be able to implement the healthcare reform law’s tax penalties on employers who don’t offer insurance, a Republican witness testified Wednesday.” [Healthwatch]
Florida gov vetoes health programs: “Gov. Rick Scott may have vetoed a much smaller number of projects from this year’s nearly $70 billion budget, but he still axed millions from health care programs that serve the young and old across the state.” [Florida Current]
Democratic senator slams Obama over health care: “President Obama’s new health-care law will be his greatest liability as he attempts to once again win the critical swing state of Virginia, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) warned Wednesday. “I’ll be real frank here,” Webb said at a breakfast organized by Bloomberg News. “I think that the manner in which the health-care reform issue was put in front of the Congress, the way that the issue was dealt with by the White House, cost Obama a lot of credibility as a leader.” [Washington Post]