Morning CheckUp: September 15, 2011

Health reform has a CLASS problem: “Even as leading Democrats offered assurances to the contrary, government experts repeatedly warned that a new long-term care insurance plan could go belly up, saddling taxpayers with another underfunded benefit program, according to emails disclosed by congressional investigators.” [AP]

Perry pledges to “wipe out” health reform: “Speaking to a crowd of cheering Virginia Republicans Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said signing an executive order to “wipe out” as much as he can of President Barack Obama’s federal health care law would be his first priority in the Oval Office.” [Virginian Pilot]

Blue dogs on super committee say they won’t touch Medicare benefits: “Conservative House Democrats said Wednesday that the deficit-cutting panel won’t end up cutting seniors’ health benefits. ‘No one is going to vote to cut benefits for seniors and for those who are near the Medicare and Social Security age, Democrat or Republican,” Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) said. “No one’s going to do that. Politically, it would be suicide.’” [Healthwatch]

Democrats may oppose Obama’s plan to tax health plans of the wealthy: “The provision, tucked deep inside the 155-page jobs legislation Obama submitted to Congress on Sept. 12, would make health plans provided by employers partially taxable for couples earning more than $250,000 a year and individuals earning more than $200,000.” [SF Gate]


Health industry coalition offers deficit reduction ideas: On Wednesday, the Healthcare Leadership Council outlined four recommendations, including creating a separate exchange of private plans for Medicare recipients — modeled on the Paul Ryan privatization scheme — and increasing the Medicare eligibility age. [Modern Healthcare]

Business groups hope to repeal employer mandate: “Congressional Republicans and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are renewing their push for repealing the healthcare law’s employer mandate in the wake of last month’s flat jobs numbers.” [Healthwatch]

Feds to fund Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire: “The federal government has reached an agreement with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England to provide health services in the state. The deal effectively restores funding that the Executive Council had blocked earlier this year.” [NHPR]

Michigan governor unveils health plan: “Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled a sweeping health reform plan Wednesday that includes a low-cost marketplace for health insurance, reforms for Blue Cross Blue Shield, coverage for autism treatment and a full-throttle charge to get Michiganians in shape.” [The Detroit News]

California could pose problems for reform implementation: “Though still outpacing much of the nation, cash-strapped California is cutting its healthcare safety net more aggressively than almost any other state, despite billions of dollars in special aid from Washington. And state leaders are pressing the Obama administration for permission to place some of the toughest limits in the nation on government-subsidized healthcare, including a cap on how often people with Medicaid.” [LA Times]