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February 10th, 2014
09:52 PM ET

Mother of AOL "distressed baby": It was an 'injustice' to single out a new born baby over benefit cuts

Deanna Fei said on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront Monday that it was an "injustice" for Armstrong to single out the cost of health care for any individual undergoing a medical crisis.

Armstrong landed himself in a media firestorm last week when he mentioned two employees' "distressed babies" and the associated health care costs of "a million dollars each."

Armstrong did not name these employees but Fei came forward to tell her story in an op-ed published by Slateon Sunday.

Fei and her husband, Peter Goodman, an AOL (AOL) employee, have health coverage through the company. Their daughter was born prematurely in 2012 and received treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit.

"I felt the need to speak up and defend my family," Fei said.

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  1. Sarah Thomas

    Not sure of the point of this interview, the CEO of Aol referred to her child as distressed baby? Yet they did have a premature birth that incurred over $1 million dollars in bills that Aol paid. Not sure what her issue is, does she realize how many companies wouldn't have paid these bills. Whatever cost cutting aol was planning on doing didn't affect her. What was her issue other than being over sensitive to the truth. Erin, why didn't you ask her about the actual context of what Tim Armstrong said and how it may have been misconstrued. Typically you ask questions that are more pressing, not sure what this interview was intended to present other than someone looking for a problem where there wasn't one.

    February 11, 2014 at 12:27 am | Reply

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