Jason Chaffetz: Low Income Americans Should Buy Healthcare ‘Rather Than Getting That New iPhone’

Honestly, I would be totally for any healthcare bill that would cost the amount of a new phone (and let’s just throw in the yearly plan to go along with it). But this isn’t just a ridiculous lie, but it’s also a clear look at how Republicans really feel about low income families. Their entire platform is basically, “I’m doing fine, fuck you.”

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on CNN’s New Day, Tuesday, to defend the Republican replacement for Obamacare that was rolled out to the public yesterday.

The proposal has already faced heat from Democratic and non-partisan organizations who claim it will lead to a growth in the U.S. uninsured population.

Congressman Chaffetz said the Republican plan would require Americans to make their own health choices, a situation he explained in the following way:

“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 go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own healthcare. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”

“So in other words, for lower income Americans, you’re saying this is going to require some sacrifice on their part?” asked show co-anchor Alisyn Camerota.

“We’ve got to be able to lower the cost of healthcare,” said Chaffetz, pivoting.