Much ado this morning about Perenniel Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney saying he likes to be in a position to fire people who provide service to him.
The quote (link! Click!) is being taken out of context because everyone thinks it’s cute that the self-styled “job creator” wants to fire people, no matter what the circumstance.
I actually agree with his statement, if he had shut up after saying that much. I like to be able to fire people too, which is why I don’t hire friends or family to do work I’m paying for. If the work sucks, I want to be able to kick someone’s butt, and paid help you aren’t related to is handy that way.
However, Romney then went on to say that this theory applied to medical insurance, which is why he’s opposed to “Obamacare,” which is not, let us stress, socialized medicine that limits you to one government dictated providor.
So the basis for his statement is false to start with. Then there’s the problem that in America, today, it delusional to presume that people can easily “fire” their medical insurance even if it is provided by the so-called “free market.”
Most people get their medical care from whatever insurance company their employer provides. They can only “fire” their medical insurance if they “fire” their employer — it’s possible, I suppose, but not practical if you want to work for a living, especially in today’s job market.
When you take a job, you take the benefits the employer provides. Since labor unions have pretty well been busted , the idea of negotiating which medical insurance you get as part of your job is a quaint fantasy. Even if you did quit your job to find a better insurance company with another job, the odds are very good that the next employer will use that same insurance. In most markets, there aren’t that many providors any more.
Then there’s the fact that millions of Americans are desperate to get any medical insurance at all, so the fantasy that they can then turn around and “fire” that insurance if it doesn’t suit them is beside the point.
What they can do now, with most insurance plans, is switch doctors as long as the doctors are covered by their insurance plan. This limits their choices, but since the choice limiting is done by capitalism, which also tells those few doctors who can see you what procedures they can provide to you and still get paid (death panels?), that’s OK.
Because, God forbid government gets involved. Then our choices would be limited and we would be less free.