Here’s the math.

And here’s the human reality: Mitt Romney wants to throw your mother out of the nursing home, or bankrupt your family with the expense of keeping her there.

The most interesting (read: depressing) reaction I heard to the debate series was that “Romney came across as compassionate.” It it really impossible to make this a voting issue? Are the Democrats so afraid of the “welfare” label that they won’t go on the attack? Or do people really believe Slinky when he pretends the states can do it cheaper without doing it worse?

[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]

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Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.