Morning CheckUp: May 14, 2012

Advocates warn automatic cuts would hit medical research: “Automatic federal spending cuts set to take effect in January would threaten U.S. leadership in the field of medical research, risk the spread of disease and delay treatments for patients, a report warned. Advocates with Research!America argued that sacrificing research investments for deficit reduction would also be a bad economic move.” [The Hill]

Nations embrace global coverage: “Even as Americans debate whether President Obama’s health-care law and its promise of guaranteed health coverage should be scrapped, many far less affluent nations are moving in the opposite direction to provide medical insurance to all citizens. China, after years of underfunding health care, is on track to complete a three-year, $124 billion initiative projected to cover more than 90 percent of its population.” [Seattle Times]

GOP state officials stall on health insurance marketplaces: “In about two dozen states across the country, the insurance marketplaces at the heart of the 2010 health-care law remain in limbo, with Republican governors or lawmakers who oppose the statute refusing to act until the Supreme Court decides its constitutionality.” [Washington Post]

Maine budget cuts target Medicaid: “Tens of thousands of Mainers will be affected when the Legislature votes on a plan to slash spending on Medicaid and a slew of other health care programs to close an $83 million budget gap.” [AP]


House GOP works with Romney on health care: “House Republican leaders are quietly working with Mitt Romney’s campaign to fashion a unified GOP health care platform to replace President Obama’s health law, according to lawmakers involved in the effort.” [Washington Times]

International AIDS conference to meet in U.S.: “This July, a shadow that Jesse Helms cast over HIV policy will be dramatically lifted. The enormous International AIDS Conference will meet in the United States for the first time in more than 20 years, ending a boycott that protested a policy the late North Carolina Republican senator pushed into law.” [Politico]