Monday, August 27, 2012

Everyone Seems to be Missing the Point on the "Romney Murdered My Wife" Ad

Yes, I know it's old news.  But I have yet to see anyone make the point I'm about to make.

We all know about the horrific and morally repugnant Obama Super-Pac ad that blames Mitt Romney for the death of a man's wife due to cancer.

Of course, it turned out that nearly everything about the ad was false.  Mrs. Joe Soptic had insurance for years through her own employer after her husband lost his job. Furthermore, Romney was no longer at Bain when the plant was closed and Soptic was laid off.  Mrs. Soptic lost her insurance when she lost her own job years years after that plant was closed.

All that has been well documented.  And, of course, it does indeed make the ad and the people behind it reprehensible, to say the absolute least.

But I still think that kind of misses the point.  Let's assume, for the sake of argument, that Mitt Romney was still at Bain when the plant was closed.  Let's assume that Mitt Romney personally made that decision.  Let's even take it a step further  and say that Mitt Romney personally told Joe Soptic he was out of a job and that as a result he was going to lose his and his wife's health insurance.

Then let's further assume that Mrs. Soptic discovered she had cancer the day after their insurance ran out (instead of, like 5 years later).  

If all of that were true, how in the world would it make sense to blame Mitt Romney for Mrs. Soptic's death?  I mean, seriously.  Do people really not understand how capitalism works?

This is pathetic.  Bain made a business decision to close a plant.  It happens.  People lose their jobs when that happens.  It stinks, but that's the way the world works.  When people lose their jobs, they lose their insurance, that too is not pleasant but, again, it is the way the world works, at least for now.

Apparently, the argument from the left is that, once you have a job, once you have insurance from that job, you can never lose either.  If you get fired or laid off, and as a result you lose your insurance, it is the big bad boss's fault for any ill that happens to you subsequently.

Come on, are people really childish enough to believe that?  So basically, once a company employs you, it has no choice but to stay in business forever in order to make sure you keep your health insurance so you won't be uninsured if you get sick?  Really? And a business owner is morally obligated to keep his business open even if he or she is losing money hand over fist? Forever?  Just so his employees can keep their health insurance?


Are liberals really silly and foolish enough to believe that?

I fear they are.


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