Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said today that Americans need to make a choice between purchasing a new iPhone or paying for health insurance. Appearing on CNN’s New Day Chaffetz said:
You know what, Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice. And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.
This comes in the wake of a Republican proposal released yesterday that would repeal Obamacare. The proposed bill is so bad that the Congressional Budget Office had to issue a warning that, if passed, millions of Americans could lose their access to affordable health insurance.
Chaffetz also said that the proposed plan would eliminate the parts of Obamacare that “people said they don’t want”, referring specifically to the individual mandate which requires everyone to have health insurance. What he didn’t mention was that the plan also removes aspects of Obamacare that people did like, like penalizing businesses for not providing health cover to their employees, or basing federal subsidies on people’s wealth.
It’s comments like these that show how aloof and disconnected Republicans are from the average American. It’s all very well and good professing financial responsibility on live TV, but when you’re simultaneously trying to push through legislation that will make millions of Americans worse off financially then comments such as these become harder to swallow.
Watch Jason Chaffetz comments on CNN’s New Day below:
GOP Rep. Chaffetz: Americans may need to choose between “new iphone… they just love” and investing in health care https://t.co/5Hxwn2uOl5
— New Day (@NewDay) March 7, 2017