Morning CheckUp: April 26, 2012

Sequestered cuts keep K Street on high alert: “Defense contractors, healthcare groups and associations representing everything from housing to education reported that they were monitoring, and in some cases opposing, the budget cuts that are set to begin next year. The cuts were set in motion by the agreement to lift the debt ceiling last summer.” [The Hill]

John Boehner would cut health care measure to fund lower student loan rates: “Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday laid down competing, partisan visions of how to maintain affordable student loan rates, with the GOP aiming to eliminate a health care measure and Democrats looking to tax people like Newt Gingrich.” [Huffington Post]

Massachusetts to take up cost control: “A long-awaited health care system overhaul is finally on the move. Fourteen months after Gov. Deval Patrick filed a proposal on the issue, Senate President Therese Murray said Wednesday she expects the Senate to take action in mid-May on a bill making major changes to the way health care is delivered and paid for in Massachusetts.” [Boston Herald]

Health law’s demise would save big bucks, for some: “Whatever their opinion of the health-care reform law, wealthy Americans have a lot of money at risk in the Supreme Court’s coming decision on the law’s constitutionality.” [Marketwatch]


NH Senate votes to ban partial-birth abortions: “The Senate heeded warnings Wednesday that legislation blocking public funding to abortion providers could jeopardize New Hampshire’s Medicaid program and effectively killed the bill.” [AP]