The Morning CheckUp: June 20, 2011

Welcome to The Morning CheckUp, ThinkProgress Health’s 7:00 AM round-up of the latest in health policy and politics. Here is what we’re reading, what are you?

Romney refuses to sign overly-broad anti-abortion pledge: “Republican presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Herman Cain have announced that they won’t sign the Susan B. Anthony’s List Pro-Life Presidential Pledge, which five other Republican contenders — Michele Bachmann, Newt Gingrich, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum — agreed to sign. “ [ABC News]

Democrats press for $112 billion in drug savings: from two measures introduced in the House and Senate that would “require drugmakers to pay ‘rebates’ or the difference in the price of pharmaceuticals between Medicare and Medicaid — which can negotiate prices — for so-called dual-eligible beneficiaries.” [Modern Healthcare]

Medicare drug negotiation is also an option: “Sixty-seven House Democrats signed a letter Thursday to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) urging him to support the policy during bipartisan negotiations over spending cuts to accompany an increase in the debt ceiling. Negotiating drug prices would save $156 billion over 10 years, the lawmakers said.” [The Hill]


Axelrod says Huntsman supported Obamacare: Appearing on Fox News Sunday, David Axelrod said that while ambassador to China, Huntsman “ was very effusive about what the president was doing. He was encouraging on health care. He was encouraging on the whole range of issues. He was a little quizzical about what was going on in his own party. And you got the strong sense that he was going to wait until 2016 for the storm to blow over.” [AP]

Obama announces health waiver deadline: No more applications will be accepted after Sept. 22, federal health officials said. [NYT]

House Republicans still trying to eliminate individual mandate: On Thursday, House appropriators “approved a $19.9 billion financial services spending bill for 2012 that prohibits the federal government from enforcing” the mandate. [The Hill]