Morning CheckUp: January 25, 2012

Obama rejects health care repeal in State of the Union: “I will not go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your policy, deny your coverage, or charge women differently than men,” President Obama pledged in a speech. He added: ““I’m a Democrat. But I believe what Republican Abraham Lincoln believed: That government should do for people only what they cannot do better by themselves, and no more,” Obama said. “That’s why our health care law relies on a reformed private market, not a government program.” [Kaiser Health News]

Gingrich ad hits Romney on health reform in Florida: “A super PAC supporting Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich is spending $6 million on commercials to hit rival Mitt Romney in Florida and will launch a new TV ad Wednesday in the Sunshine State that attacks Romney’s health-care record,” accusing the former Massachusetts governor of inventing “government run health care.” [Tucson Citizen]

Republicans release a dramatic tort reform film: “House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans did not just release a YouTube video knocking Obama for saying in last year’s State of the Union that he was open to tort reform … it’s more like they released a chilling tale of deceit and betrayal that is about Obama and tort reform.” [The Hill]

Lawmakers to begin discussing SGR patch: “Democratic and Republican negotiators agreed that they need to produce a deal to avoid a 27.4% cut in Medicare physician pay rates from occurring next month. But there were differences over whether to seek a permanent or temporary fix to the sustainable growth-rate formula and how to pay for any such measures.” [Modern Healthcare]


The downside of high-deductible health plans: “There’s been a lot of talk recently about health savings accounts and high deductible health plans. In the debates, they are often touted as an answer for controlling health care spending. After all, if it’s your money in your account, you’re less likely to spend it. A recent study*, though, once again explains why this isn’t always a good thing.” [Aaron Carroll]

Florida proposes drastic health cuts: “Thirty-four thousand low-income and elderly patients would lose back or foot care under cost-cutting proposals pushed Tuesday by the House, in its drive to meet Gov. Rick Scott’s demand for $1 billion more in public school spending.” The Health Care budget subcommittee “would cap emergency room visits for adults to a dozen per year in the state’s Medicaid program, affecting poor, chronically ill patients who frequently make repeat visits.” [Palm Beach Post]