Monday, January 09, 2012

Romney likes firing people

Much hilarity on the internets today, along with the mandatory disclaimers about context, over Willard's latest foot in mouth striving for populist appeal. I'd argue the context doesn't matter. Willard "Mittens" Romney does like firing people. He said the words. That happened. Doesn't matter if he's talking about corporate persons or real people. He likes to fire them. Just another Freudian slip on the GOP fail trail.

"I want individuals to have their own insurance. That means the insurance company will have an incentive to keep you healthy. It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you could fire them. I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone isn’t giving the good service, I want to say, I’m going to go get someone else to provide this service to me."
Lots of speculation about how it will play with the voters and what the other campaigns might do with it. If it had happened in September I'd say it could be exactly the kind of weird litle slip that might sink his election. This early in the silly season, I expect it will be overshadowed soon enough by the next tone deaf utterance he spits out.

Of more importance to me is how absurd the entire statement is, in context. It's not so easy to fire a health insurance company. If you get your insurance through work, you don't really have a choice. If you're a single payer, and also have a pre-existing conditon, you don't have a choice either. Not if the GOPers realize their dream of abolishing the protections in the so-called ObamaCare. And even if you did have a choice, it's not like there's some great abundance of benevolent health care insurers just waiting for you to choose them so they can fulfill their lifelong dream of taking really good care of you. They're all in the same business. That being to turn a profit by denying you treatment when you need it the most.

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Blogger merlallen said...

It's very easy for Romney to fire his insurance company.

3:54:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Yes, yes it is.

9:25:00 AM  

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