Morning CheckUp: March 20, 2012

Ryan unveils new budget today: “House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) says his fiscal 2013 budget proposal will include a premium-support model to reform Medicare—and will also include traditional fee-for-service Medicare as an option for the nation’s seniors.” [Modern Healthcare]

Supreme Court has options on health care law: ” The Supreme Court has several options in ruling on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, from upholding the law to striking it down in its entirety. The court also could avoid deciding the law’s constitutionality at all, if it finds the lawsuits challenging the law are premature.” [AP]

Birth control debate leads to fundraising boon: “EMILY’s List — whose mission is to elect pro-abortion rights Democratic women — has raised nearly twice as much for candidates at this point in the 2012 cycle as it did during the entire 2010 cycle, according to spokeswoman Jess McIntosh. And that’s with about eight months to go.” [Politico]

Romney weighs student loan provisions of health bill: “Mitt Romney has pledged to repeal President Barack Obama‘s health care law — but maybe not all of it. Wrapped into the health care law, a legislative behemoth, was an overhaul of the student-loan system designed to expand access and manage student debt loads. The Romney campaign is evaluating that component separately from the health care portion of the law to determine whether they will keep it in place, repeal it or tweak it, a campaign aide said.” [WSJ]

How racial attitudes affect opinions about the health law: “As the Supreme Court gets ready to hear a case involving the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care overhaul, social scientists are asking a disturbing — and controversial — question: Do the intense feelings about the health care overhaul among ordinary Americans stem from their philosophical views about the appropriate role of government, or from their racial attitudes about the signature policy of the country’s first black president?” [NPR]

Idaho Senate votes to require pre-abortion ultrasound: “The Idaho Senate on Monday approved a measure requiring women seeking abortions to undergo an ultrasound before ending a pregnancy, joining a number of states passing ultrasound measures to discourage abortions. The bill now heads to the state House of Representatives, where it was expected to pass.” [Reuters]