Morning CheckUp: April 17, 2012

Small businesses concerned about regulations: “Small-business concerns about over-regulation are as high as they’ve been over the past 12 months, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Q1 Small Business Survey, with more than half (52 percent) identifying it as the greatest threat to the success of their business. Healthcare regulations were by far the top concern (38 percent), far ahead of environmental regs (21 percent).” [Healthwatch]

Barney Franks says Dems should have backed off on health care reform: “Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) says with the benefit of hindsight that Democrats should have slowed their push for health care reform in 2009 and 2010, to prioritize other issues, and paid a huge political price for their persistence. In so doing, he’s allowed Republicans to box in vulnerable Dems who voted for what ultimately became ‘Obamacare.” [TPM]

Wash. abortion coverage bill is on hold: “A bill that would require insurers to cover abortion services is off the table this year in Washington state. A special session of the Washington legislature ended Wednesday without the Reproductive Parity Act reaching a vote. The bill would require private insurers that provide maternity coverage to also cover abortion.” [Kaiser Health News]

Mississippi may be abortion free by July 1: Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant will sign into law Monday “the state’s new bill requiring all abortion providers to be registered OB-GYNs with admission privileges to a local hospital. The new regulations, which could possibly stop the state’s only clinic from operating, will go into effect on July 1st unless it is stopped by a judicial injunction.” [RH Reality Check]


Van Hollen decries GOP direction on safety net programs: “The ranking member of the House Budget Committee said a Tuesday hearing of that panel to examine the nation’s safety net programs will defend a House Republican budget blueprint that “shreds the safety net.” In a conference call with reporters Monday, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said chances are ‘very remote’ that the budget plan unveiled last month by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be approved by the Senate or signed by the president.” [Modern Healthcare]

Abortion foes gear-up in Ohio: “Supporters of an Ohio bill that would impose the nation’s strictest abortion limit are preparing stepped-up attacks as lawmakers return to Columbus.” [AP]