The Obama campaign has begun airing a new TV ad in North Carolina and seven other battleground states accusing Mitt Romney of raising Medicaid fees as governor of Massachusetts and promising to so if elected president.
"It's one of the hardest decisions a family can make," says the ad. "Realizing a nursing home is the only choice. For may 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 that won't let that happen.''
UPDATE: Robert Reid, Romney spokesman: “The reality is that Medicaid is a broken system today that too often fails to provide meaningful access to care or deliver intended outcomes. By giving states greater flexibility and the incentive to provide coverage more efficiently, Governor Romney will ensure that low-income Americans receive the care they need while also bringing federal spending back under control.”