Morning CheckUp: January 23, 2012

Gingrich claims Romneycare contributed to Romney’s SC loss: On Face The Nation, Gingrich said South Carolina voters also realized how “liberal” Romney was when he governed Massachusetts, particularly his health care plan. “Clearly, he was way to the left” of South Carolina voters, Gingrich said. [USA Today]

Santorum goes after Gingrich on health care: “Newt is a very high-risk candidate,” Santorum said [on CNN]. “Not only is he wrong on the individual mandate, in other words government-mandated health insurance, which he supported for 20 years, he’s wrong on the Wall Street bailout.” [Kaiser Health News]

Obama marks Roe v. Wade anniversary: “President Barack Obama on Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion by affirming his backing for the right, for decades one of America’s most polarizing issues. “As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters,” Obama said in his statement. [AFP]

Bachmann predicts the end of abortions: “Rep. Michele Bachmann predicted Sunday that the November elections will end abortion as she made her first public appearance in Minnesota since dropping out of the Republican presidential race.” [Huffington Post]


Health implementation still patchy: “Here’s a reality check for President Barack Obama’s health overhaul: Three out of four uninsured Americans live in states that have yet to figure out how to deliver on its promise of affordable medical care.” [AP]

Hospitals want Medicare measures tied to payroll tax-cut legislation: “Hospitals are pushing Congress to include renewals of two Medicare programs set to expire at the end of the federal fiscal year within high-profile legislation to extend payroll tax cuts.” [Modern Healthcare]