Rep. Chaffetz: Maybe buy healthcare instead of new iPhone

Josie Rhodes Cook 27 min ago Jason Chaffetz's iPhone Comment Is A Fundamental Misunderstanding Of Poverty Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images News  Getty Images

Josie Rhodes Cook 27 min ago Jason Chaffetz's iPhone Comment Is A Fundamental Misunderstanding Of Poverty Chip Somodevilla Getty Images News Getty Images

And you know what - Americans have choices, and they've got to make a choice.

Republicans are working towards getting rid of the current structure of healthcare in the USA based on Obamacare. We're getting rid of those things that people said that they don't want.

His statements come in response to the elimination of income-based heathcare subsidies proposed in the new Republican heathcare replacement bill unveiled this week.

Chaffetz finished his interview on "New Day" saying that there's still a lot to be discussed with the new plan before it becomes law, TPM reported. Jason Chaffetz said people shouldn't buy iPhones if they can't afford healthcare, and he couldn't be more wrong with his assumptions about poverty and healthcare access. Oh, and the definition of "basic care", or those health care needs that have to be covered by your insurance, is going to become more limited. His exact reply to that suggestion was: "I think that's fair".

Let's just hope people take those "conscious choices" with them to the ballot box in two years so we can start to steer this ship back to port.

Aside from the logical absurdity of comparing a $600 iphone with healthcare, which can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars or more, Chaffetz's point seems to be that smartphones are inherently frivolous. By getting the cheap phone instead of the iPhone, you're saving $600 during a period that you'll owe $36,284 in premiums.

"They supported a strong repeal bill when they knew President Obama would never sign it, and now they won't support the same language because President Trump might sign it", Noah Wall, FreedomWorks national director of campaigns, said. Chaffetz said his remarks didn't go "as smoothly" as they could have, but he stuck with the meat of what he'd already said. "They've got to make those decisions for themselves".

Republicans say their solutions would make Medicaid more cost-efficient without punishing the poor and disabled, while spurring private insurers to offer attractive products for the estimated 20 million consumers in the market for individual policies.

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