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Gingrich Robocall: Romney Forced Holocaust Survivors in Nursing Homes to Eat Non-Kosher Food

2:05 PM, Jan 31, 2012 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Via GOP12, here's a Newt Gingrich robocall going out to Floridians:

"As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney vetoed a bill paying for kosher food for our seniors in nursing homes. Holocaust survivors, who for the first time, were forced to eat non-kosher, because Romney thought $5 was too much to pay for our grandparents to eat kosher."

Commentary's Alana Goodman points out that Gingrich's attack is completely false:

Romney never actually “eliminated serving kosher food” to Jewish residents at state nursing homes, especially not in the way Gingrich describes.

In 2002, cuts in both federal and state subsidies to assisted living facilities, combined with the rising costs of maintaining the facilities, caused a couple of Massachusetts nursing homes to consider closing their kosher kitchens. It was an unfortunate decision, but there was never actually a concern that kosher residents would be forced to eat non-kosher food – the facilities were weighing several options, including busing in the food from other nursing homes or hiring catering services.

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