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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Word Order Counts

"People will be better off with pre-existing conditions under our plan. That's the whole goal here."

Ryan is saying that people will be better off with preexisting conditions. People who actually have preexisting conditions (e.g., diabetes) would disagree, saying that they would rather not have them.

What Ryan meant to say is: "People with preexisting conditions will be better off with the GOP plan." That statement would be untrue, but at least it would make sense.

Another example: