Morning CheckUp: February 6, 2012

Congressman says Medicare will make Pelosi speaker: “The Democratic representative charged with taking back the House says the election will be about one issue — Medicare — and his party “is in a much better place than anyone thought we would be” to put Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) back in the speaker’s chair.” [The Hill]

Gingrich not letting up on Romney: “Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich showed no signs of easing his attacks on rival and frontrunner for the Republican nomination Mitt Romney on Sunday….He was pro-abortion, he was pro-gun control he was pro-tax increase,” Gingrich said. And he dismissed Romney as a ‘very weak governor’ when it came to spurring job growth, perhaps the defining issue in the 2012 election.” [National Journal]

Health care employment to skyrocket through 2020: “Job growth in the healthcare sector will outpace other sectors through 2020 predicts new statistics released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. BLS’ employment projections find that total employment is expected to grow by 14.3 percent through 2020, resulting in 20.5 million jobs. Healthcare and social assistance should see the most gain with 5.6 million jobs.” [Healthcare Finance News]

Maine governor backs tough Medicaid cuts: “Medicaid spending is a matter of urgency almost everywhere in the country right now, but in few places is the urgency as palpable as it is here, where the governor refers to the federal-state health insurance program for the poor as ‘welfare,’ says it’s necessary to eliminate coverage for 65,000 adults, and wants to stop paying room and board for some 2,000 elders who live in group homes.” [Stateline]

Study finds Tennessee will see savings from reform: “Health care reform will reduce the number of uninsured Tennesseans by more than half and cut uncompensated care and bad debt by $2.3 billion, but the newly insured could put a strain on the state’s health care system.” [The Commercial Appeal]

Pennsylvania ultrasound bill introduced: “A new bill being introduced in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives has brought issues of gender inequality under debate. The Women’s Right to Know Act would require women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound test at least 24 hours before the procedure. The ultrasound test would be used to determine the gestational age of the fetus.” [The Daily Pennsylvanian]