Obama ad hits Romney over Medicaid
October 9th, 2012
04:06 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama ad hits Romney over Medicaid

(CNN) - Pivoting from a sarcastic Big Bird ad released Tuesday morning, President Barack Obama's campaign put out a more serious television spot in the afternoon, this time painting Mitt Romney as a threat to nursing homes.

The 30-second commercial, "Only Choice," attacks Romney's plan to block-grant Medicaid and allow states to manage the system, rather than the federal government.

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Juxtaposed against a series of images of seniors in nursing homes, the ad's narrator points to fees on nursing home beds that Romney enacted as Massachusetts governor. The fees were part of a host of fees, as well as closed loopholes, the then-governor implemented in order to close the state's budget deficit.

The ad, however, seizes on the fact that a large portion of Medicaid goes to nursing homes.

"It's one of the hardest decisions a family can make: realizing a nursing home is the only choice," the narrators says. "For many middle class families, Medicaid is the only way to afford the care."

The narrator adds that Romney's Medicaid proposals would cut the program by a third and burden "families with the cost of nursing home care."

"We have a president who won't let that happen," the ad says.

Romney's team, however, has argued in the past that his budget plan would not make cuts to Medicaid but would slow the growth of the system instead.

Responding to the ad Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the campaign stood by the candidate's plan for Medicaid, arguing that it allows for more "flexibility."

"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," Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.

The Obama campaign said the new ad will air in the battleground states of New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada.

Filed under: 2012 • Ads • Medicaid • Mitt Romney
soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. blue19

    Romney believes in providing options. To pay for your personal care or health care, you can go into debt, borrow from family or do without. Time and again,this guy has shown he has no concept of what a middle or low income family has to deal with on a day to day basis.

    October 9, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. 2012liberal

    Okay-716 billion- if a patient gets bedsores bcuz aids dont watch over patient correctly they can no longer bill medicare 4 their neglect. Doctors can not bill 4 surgeries 2 room intraments that they left in patient. Etc!

    October 9, 2012 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    Romney believes in providing options. To pay for your personal care or health care, you can go into debt, borrow from family or do without.
    What the heck are you talking about?!?! Seriously, where do you come up with this gem? I have never heard anything that could even be misinterpreted badly enough to suggest what you post here.

    October 9, 2012 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. rosco

    if you want to have $6.00 gas bankrupt cities, unemp and crime up the kazoo like california than stay with oblunder
    thats his and the dems model green state,

    October 9, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Dejavu65

    Its amazing how half this country wants to support Romney when they know deep down inside his policies will destroy their lives...Pre-existing conditions(no coverage), woman's rights(gone), voucher instead of medicare for the elderly(poor coverage),involving religion more in the government(church and state), raising taxes on the middle class by allowing the middle class tax cuts to expire in 2013, raise interest rates on college loans(making it harder for kids to go to college, believes parents should pay for college out of pocket), taxing us more but yet he avoids paying taxes himself(offshore accounts,release taxes), outsourcing jobs(Bain), less regulation of banks(which started the recession in the 1st place, supports wall st), take sesame street away from kids(scrooge).....know wonder Romney talks down and disrespects middle and lower class Americans 47% around his rich friends, He knows bigots would rather see another recession than have Obama as President!!...I hope you people really know what is going to happen to the middle class if this guy who just lied about all his positions in the debate to fool simple minded people is elected..if you think it is bad now I hope you all have some super Rich friends to loan you money!!.....glad I work in the medical field and have a high paying job in demand!!

    October 9, 2012 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Wilson

    """"The problem for Mitt Romney he never reach 50% in the swing states""""
    More than likely Romney would actually poll over 50% in the swing states. You need to check the numbers and demographics they poll,,,i.e. very heavily democratic over republican. So of course Obama polls ahead.

    October 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Borderless

    Every time an Obamakin starts up with the "lies" whining, I can just picture a wooden dummy propped up on Obama's knee with Obama pulling that little string in back to make the dummy's mouth move and Obama saying in a silly, cartoonish voice "Mittens is a liar! Mitten's is a liar."
    Hey Obama, we can see your lips moving.

    October 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  8. policies not rhetoric

    It's surprising how many people will actually vote for romney. His actual(yes actual–not fiction) record
    in mass was terrible. ask yourself why he was a one-term gov. in mass. No way did he reach across
    the aisle–he was very difficult to deal with-do your research on mass and then ask yourself if you
    really want him running the country. Amazing to me that there is not more attention on this.

    October 9, 2012 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. Hammerer

    But we have a president that wants to dictate the care a patient recieves, if any, which doctors can see the patients and how much the doctor can charge. Like in Europe.

    October 9, 2012 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. MaryM

    Ask the good people of Massachusetts what they think of Mitt the twit when he was governor. Can wait for the campaign ads with mitt debating mitt. flip flop all over and over and over again.

    October 9, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |

    Hussein Obama already defunded Medicare $716 Billion. He ROBBED your grandparents of their health care.

    October 9, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |

    BILL harsh words our American brothers lost their lives trying to give liberty to another country they served this country like our other military brothers knowing the risk...thier deaths aren't a political tactic...Obama's Foriegn Policy has actually been pretty strong over the years and he has kept our soldiers from NEW wars and bringing back our soldiers from OLD wars... not quick to jump in and fire first before we know who we are fighting... we would have started a war with Libya when our fight is with other extremist in the region if Mitt had his way and we would have killed innocent people who later came out that they support the USA and Amb. Stevens.... Also Ted the money that Pres.Obama took out of medicade is fron OVERPAYING the hospitals and doctors ie overbilling they found this money was in the budget but with proper oversight not needed in medicaid it was also in Ryan proposal for MEDICAID!... didn't know that did you.... just like the re-distribution that the ROMNEY/RYAN pack was talking about that's called taxes but they twist things to such a distorted view...I can't possibly trust Romney or Ryan...

    October 9, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The medicare lies, from Obama, are some of the absolute worst lies, he tells.

    October 9, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  14. The REAL Truth...

    @Four and The Door – As a nation having already saddled future generations with $16 trillion of debt and we know it will get to $20 trillion.
    I don't suppose it matters much that of the $16 Trillion you mention, approx. $14.5 of that came from Republican stewardship – $11.4 when Obama inherited it, and $3+ Trillion added on for Dubya's TWO unfunded wars? Look it up. Educate yourself. It's a problem, but Obama has reduced the deficit by 38% (versus Dubya's $1.47 TRILLION), presided over creation of 4+ Million jobs (versus 700,000 a month being lost when Dubya left), presided over the unemployment figures being down under 8%.
    I'll take that over going back to the very same policies that got us into a MASSIVE DEPRESSION at the end of 2008.

    October 9, 2012 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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