At last, Medicaid is getting some respect.
Medicaid, not Medicare, is the subject a new television campaign advertisement for President Barack Obama (above).
The 30-second ad is being broadcast in five election battleground states — Colorado, Virginia, Nevada, Iowa and Ohio. It accuses GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of supporting the plan passed by the GOP-led House of Representatives that cuts $800 billion from Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled, over the next 10 years. The voiceover warns, “middle class families rely on Medicaid to help loved ones cover nursing-home care. And it helps parents support children with disabilities.”
After scenes of an elderly person in a nursing home bed and worried parents talking, the ad ends with this line: “If Mitt Romney really cares, wouldn’t we see it in his priorities?”
While Medicare has been the subject of television ads from both the Obama and Romney campaigns — this is the first time this year Medicaid has taken center stage in an ad.
The Romney campaign did not respond to requests for comment.
Is the ad true?