Morning CheckUp: April 4, 2012

Federal judge confronts Obama: “A federal judge in Texas is demanding that the Department of Justice clarify whether President Obama’s dig about “judicial restraint” means the administration thinks the Judicial Branch has no right to overturn unconstitutional laws.” [The Hill]

Romney still having trouble with conservative voters: Romney won primary contests in Maryland, DC, and Wisconsin on Tuesday and exit polls from Maryland “show Romney dominated nearly all subgroups, except for some of the most rightward voting blocs. The only demographics Romney lost to former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum were those who named abortion as their most important concern, and those Republican groups who said the most important candidate quality was to be a “true conservative” and to posess “strong moral character.” [TPM]

Medicare counselors receive grants: “The federal Medicare agency awarded nearly $50 million in grants Monday to state offices that help seniors understand Medicare. The agency will award $46.5 million over the next year to State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs).” [The Hill]

Insurers remain silent about Ryan plan: “The Paul Ryan budget would greatly expand the market for private insurers, offering them the chance to enroll millions of new Medicare customers under a premium support model. So you would think insurers would be overjoyed. Guess again. What at first blush looks like a boon for insurance companies instead appears to be more of a bane — or at least a big question mark.” [Politico]

Mammograms may lead to over diagnosis of breast cancer: “Norwegian scientists say as many as 1 in every 4 cases of breast cancer doesn’t need to be found because it would never have caused the woman any problem. It’s a startling idea for laypeople (and many doctors) thoroughly indoctrinated with the notion that any breast cancer is medically urgent — and should be found at the earliest possible moment.” [NPR]

One abortion bill left sanding in Mississippi: “One abortion-regulation bill survived and two died at Tuesday’s deadline in the Mississippi Legislature. Supporters of the surviving measure say it could slow down or even shut Mississippi’s only remaining abortion clinic, which is in Jackson.” [Sun Herald]