Morning CheckUp: April 20, 2012

Toomey releases a radical budget: “Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) is pushing his own budget resolution that includes the Medicare premium support plan in House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget proposal while also repealing the health reform law, replacing the defense sequester with other non-defense discretionary spending reductions and creating Medicaid block grants.” [Inside Health Policy]

Democrats continue to slam Obama over health care: “I think we would all have been better off — President Obama politically, Democrats in Congress politically, and the nation would have been better off — if we had dealt first with the financial system and the other related economic issues and then come back to healthcare,” said Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC), who is retiring at the end of this Congress. Rep. Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) also criticized his party’s handling of the issue, saying the bill should have been done “in digestible pieces that the American public could understand and that we could implement.” [Healthwatch]

Unconstitutional abortion provisions voted down in Iowa: Iowa Senate Democrats “rejected a Republican proposal that would prohibit poor Iowans from having a taxpayer-paid abortion in cases of rape or incest.” [Des Moines Register]

Minnesota GOP advances anti-abortion bills: “Minnesota Republicans are jumping on the anti-choice bandwagon and have passed two new bills designed to add more burdensome regulation on abortion providers. The Republican dominated House voted overwhelmingly to make it a felony to dispense RU-486 without a doctor in the room, and that the doctor must be present when it is ingested as well.” [RH RealityCheck]

Doctors are steering patients away from more expensive treatments: “The American College of Physicians is urging patients with newly diagnosed diabetes and back pain not to opt for the latest-and-supposedly-greatest. It’s part of a new campaign to steer patients (and their doctors) to what the College of Physicians calls “high value care,” and away from expensive tests and treatments that aren’t any better — and often are worse.” [NPR]