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Romney: ‘I Like Being Able to Fire People’

Mitt Romney’s opponents are pouncing on a comment he made earlier today to the Nashua Chamber of Commerce. The New York Times reports:

Answering a question about health care Monday morning, Mr. Romney said that he would allow individuals to have their own insurance because it will provide the insurance company with an incentive to keep its clients healthy.

“It also means that if you don’t like what they do, you can fire them,” Mr. Romney said. “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.”

He added: “You know, if someone doesn’t give me the good service I need, I want to say, ‘You know, I’m going to get someone else to provide that service to me.’”

Mr. Romney was making a point that many Republicans agree with — that individuals should be able to have their own insurance, and choose the plan they want.

But the comment could provide good fodder for opponents just as he comes under attack from Democrats and Republicans alike for his private equity career at Bain Capital.

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