News bites: White House official signals coming battle over Medicare cuts, and more

A White House official urged a cautious approach to Medicare cuts in light of looming budget battles, Modern Healthcare (registration required) reports.

The Washington Post sat down with a key architect of "RomneyCare" and "ObamaCare" who said he hopes that the latter will enjoy the same status as Medicare in the future. The story is here.

Three of four very sick people said healthcare costs are a "very" serious problem in a new poll taken by NPR. Read the story here.

A government task force is recommending an end to certain routine prostate cancer screenings, Reuters reports.

Pom Wonderful, a pomegranate juice company, falsely advertised that its product could treat or prevent heart disease and other health conditions, a Federal Trade Commission judge ruled. Read more at the Los Angeles Times.