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Romney’s In Context Gaffe

All the political talk on Romney’s “I like being able to fire people” gaffe centers around whether or not it’s appropriate for his opponents to take him out-of-context to attack him. Fair minded observers should agree that it is wrong to take political statements out-of-context… although Romney’s campaign disagrees.

Aaron Carroll ignores the political nonsense and notes that Romney’s statement is wrong in context:

Let’s say that you are self-employed, and lucky enough to have found a company to provide you with health insurance. Then, let’s say you develop cancer. You suddenly find out that your insurance company stinks. So you fire them, right?

Of course not. You’re screwed. Now you have a pre-existing condition. There’s not an insurance company out there that wants to cover you. So you don’t fire them. You scream, and curse, and cry, but you’re stuck. Only healthy people have the luxury of picking and choosing.

Let’s also not forget that most people don’t find out that they’re not getting “good service” until they’re sick.

(photo via Vanity Fair)

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