Morning CheckUp: October 17, 2011

Cain reiterates anti-abortion stance: During an appearance on Meet The Press on Sunday, Herman Cain said he does not agree with abortion “under any circumstances.” In cases of rape and incest, “there are other options,” he said. Cain implied that an abortion might be appropriate in an emergency, when the procedure would save the life of the mother. [Detroit Free Press]

Demise of CLASS also means a loss of savings: “The death of the CLASS program also wipes out $86 billion in savings that had been attributed to the healthcare law. The White House is losing that revenue as a new congressional super committee is entering a new phase of its search for a minimum of $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction.” [The Hill]

Cantor confident super committee will reach a deal: “Yes, I do think that the joint select committee (super committee) will be successful,” House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in an interview on the “Fox News Sunday” program. Committee members have said “very little publicly about their deliberations or whether any progress has been made on the politically explosive issues of tax hikes and spending cuts for government healthcare and retirement programs.” [Reuters]

Public health programs face cuts if no deal is reached: “Federal funding for medical research, disease prevention and a host of public health initiatives could be sharply reduced if the congressional “supercommittee” fails to agree on a deficit-reduction package, triggering automatic cuts.” [Washington Post]


Camp raising contribution from health industry: “House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions since his appointment to the deficit-reduction supercommittee in August,” raising at least at least $55,000 for his personal reelection fund from the health care industry. [The Hill]

Some states seek flexibility from health reform: “A handful of states are pursuing health measures that go far beyond the Obama administration’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act. They stand in contrast to Republican governors, who have aggressively opposed the law. Twenty-seven states are challenging the law in the courts as unconstitutional, while two, Florida and Louisiana, have just refused to implement much of the law.” [Sarah Kliff]

Personhood amendment still making headway in the states: “While Mississippi is the only state with such an amendment on the ballot this fall, efforts are under way to put the question to voters in at least four other states in 2012. Any victory at the state level would likely be short-lived since a life-at-fertilization amendment would conflict with the U.S. Constitution.” [AP]