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Buh-bye, Big Bird, Obama campaign highlights Medicaid in newest FL ad

So much for small talk about Sesame Street. President Obama's campaign announced it'll highlight Mitt Romney's plan to cap and cut Medicaid, the much-ignored half-sibling of Medicare that serves the children, the poor, the elderly and the sick.

From the Obama camp: Mitt Romney raised nursing home fees eight times as governor. And as a presidential candidate, his proposed budget cuts Medicaid by one-third and threatens the well-being of families burdened by nursing home costs. President Obama won’t let that happen.

“Only Choice” will air in New Hampshire, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada. 

The Romney camp response: “The reality is that Medicaid is a broken system today that too often fails to provide meaningful access to care or deliver intended outcomes. Governor Romney’s proposal will continue to grow Medicaid spending each year while significantly slowing the trajectory that has placed the program on an unsustainable course. 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.” – Jeff Bechdel, Romney Spokesman