Morning CheckUp: October 21, 2011

WalMart cuts health benefits: “After trying to mollify its critics in recent years by offering better health care benefits to its employees, Wal-Mart is substantially rolling back coverage for part-time workers and significantly raising premiums for many full-time staff.” [NYT]

Health industry reacts to ACO rule: “Hospitals rejoiced and insurers worried about industry consolidation after the Obama administration unveiled a key program of his healthcare reform law that aims to promote coordination among healthcare providers.” [Julian Pecquet]

Wisconsin senate limits abortion funding: “ The Wisconsin state Senate on Thursday passed a Republican bill to ban abortion coverage from policies obtained through a health insurance exchange that is to begin in 2014 under last year’s landmark federal health care law.” [AP]

ACA may receive March hearing before SCOTUS: “A small-business group opposed to the Obama administration’s health-care overhaul hopes the Supreme Court will hear the case in March, rather than schedule it in April, the last month the justices will hold arguments in their current term.” [WSJ]


Vitter lashes out at Democrats: “Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) accused Democrats of being in the drug industry’s pocket after his effort to allow drug imports from Canada went down in flames Thursday.” [The Hill]

Americans expect to postpone retirement: “Since 2008, the proportion of people in the U.S. who expect to retire by 67 dropped from 52% down to 35%; and, those who believe they will be working full-time grew from 19% to 29%. 61% of working Americans plan to delay retirement at least three years due to economic factors.” [Health Populi]