Morning CheckUp: March 22, 2012

Santorum wants to accelerate Paul Ryan’s budget cuts: “Santorum says he would be more aggressive in achieving budget savings, including by doing away with cost-of-living increases in federal grants to states for Medicaid and food stamps.” [AP]

Health law could hinge on wheat, pot and broccoli: “Wheat farming, pot growing, guns near schools and a violence-against-women law all produced high court precedents key to the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce — and to whether Congress can require most Americans to get health insurance or pay a fine.” [Politico]

Republican governors unveil their own solutions to health crisis: “As the two-year anniversary of federal health care reform approaches, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert was in the nation’s capital Wednesday touting states’ ability to find their own solutions.” [Deseret News]

Arizona lags in implementation of health law: “Despite the sweeping federal changes included in the reform law, a new Commonwealth Fund study notes that states are implementing the federal laws at varying speeds — or, in the case of Arizona, not at all.” [Modern Healthcare]

Aspirin and cancer risk: “Regular aspirin use might reduce the risk of cancer by as much as 38 percent, according to a big new review of research on the issue. But “might” is the key word here, other scientists say. And even if it works, that benefit comes with costs, including an increased risk of ulcers and internal bleeding.” [NPR]

Abortion foes perform live ultrasounds in Idaho Capitol: “The Idaho Capitol was part medical clinic, part reality TV show and all cultural battlefield on Wednesday, as an anti-abortion advocate secured a basement meeting room to conduct live ultrasound procedures on six women before a mostly female audience of 150.” [AP]

Health law guarantees coverage for young people, HHS report finds: “President Obama’s healthcare reform law not only helps young adults get coverage but also ensures they’re able to keep it over time, the administration said in a new report released Wednesday to mark the law’s second anniversary.” [The Hill]