Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
I have posted about the Romney plan for Medicaid that President Bill Clinton addressed in his DNC convention speech. Romney's Medicaid cuts would be devastating to nursing home care and the disabled. Almost two-thirds of Medicaid is spent on nursing home care for seniors and on people with disabilities. (The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 63.5 percent – or $148 billion – of federal Medicaid spending ($251 billion in total) goes towards the elderly, blind and disabled.)
The Romney plan for Medicaid affects "dual eligibles," and would be devastating to nursing home care for the elderly, which many families simply cannot afford without Medicare and Medicaid. Bloomberg News reported Medicaid to Lose $1.26 Trillion Under Romney Block Grant - Bloomberg.
The Obama campaign is up with a new ad on this issue, entitled "Only Choice." From the ad description:
"It's one of the hardest decisions a family can make ...realizing a nursing home is the only choice. For many middle class families, Medicaid is the only way to afford the care. But as a governor, Mitt Romney raised nursing home fees eight times. And as President, his budget cuts Medicaid by one-third. And Burdens families with the cost of nursing home care. We have a president who won't let that happen."
Video below the fold.