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    pink slip

    What does 'pink slip' and 'new illness away' mean in the following text?

    In America alone among wealthy nations everyone is a pink slip or job change or new illness away from finding they have lost coverage or are uninsurable.

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    Re: pink slip

    Hi,

    On "pink slip": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pink_slip_(employment).

    On "new illness": IMO, literally a previously unknown or undetected illness; the insurance company would be quick to claim the insurance does not cover that illness.

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    Re: pink slip

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    What does 'pink slip' and 'new illness away' mean in the following text?

    In America — alone among wealthy nations — everyone is a pink slip or job change or new illness away from finding they have lost coverage or are uninsurable.
    "New illness away" is not the phrase.
    "Everyone is either a pink slip away from finding they have lost coverage or are uninsurable, or they are a job change away from finding they have lost coverage or are uninsurable, or they are a new illness away from finding they have lost coverage or are uninsurable."
    Instead of writing "Everyone is X away from ... or Y away from ... or Z away from ...", they write, "Everyone is X, Y or Z away from ..."

    Do you understanding the phrase "away from", as in "You are one mistake away from being fired"?

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    Re: pink slip

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do you understanding the phrase "away from", as in "You are one mistake away from being fired"?
    Yes. Thank you
    Why do you use v+ing after 'do'?

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    Re: pink slip

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Yes. Thank you
    Why do you use v+ing after 'do'?
    It's a slip of the keyboard.

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    Re: pink slip

    Quote Originally Posted by Over the top View Post
    Yes. Thank you
    Why do you use v+ing after 'do'?
    Yes, just a typo/thinko.

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