Romney Defends ‘Fire People’ Remark, Says Comments Taken Out of Context

Mitt Romney caused a clamor Monday for saying, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me,” a remark that he later underscored was referring to insurance companies, as he accused Republicans and Democrats alike of taking out of context.

” I was talking about insurance companies. We like to be able to get rid of insurance companies that don’t give us the service that we need,” Romney said later Monday. “I do not want to live in a world where we have Obamacare telling us which insurance we have to have, which doctor we can have, which hospital we go to. I believe in a setting, as I described this morning, where people are able to choose their own doctor, choose their own insurance company. If they do not like their insurance company or their provider, they can get rid of them. That is the way America works.

“I know free enterprise is on trial and we have a president who really does not believe in the rights of people to do that, but I believe in the right of people to get rid of an insurance company,” Romney added.

Romney’s earlier comments made at a campaign stop in Nashua, N.H., came after he fielded a question from the audience about health care.

“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 can fire them,” Romney said. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me. You know, if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need I want to say, ‘You know, I’m going to go get someone else to provide that service to me.’ So, that’s one thing I would change.”



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