Jason Chaffetz: Can't Afford Trumpcare? Don't Buy an iPhone

Chaffetz: Americans May Have To Choose Between New Phone, Health Insurance

Obamacare supporters argue the new plan would cause millions to lose coverage and make it harder for them to afford health care services, while detractors slammed the new Republican plan as "Obamacare Lite" or "Obamacare 2.0". "We've got to be able to drive those cost curves down".

Obamacare was the signature domestic accomplishment of Barack Obama, the Democratic predecessor of President Donald Trump. A certain subset of internet users gets enraged every time a homeless person or refugee shows up with one, or when the government funds them for low-income Americans. "Maybe rather than getting the new iPhone they just love, maybe they should invest in their own health care".

Americans might have to skip buying the latest smartphone in order to afford healthcare, House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Monday.

The specific argument that poor people shouldn't purchase smartphones is an extension of the longstanding myth that people keep themselves in poverty by spending their money unnecessarily on "luxury" products like electronics, clothes that aren't from Wal-Mart or Goodwill, and fast food - by this formula, even air conditioning is considered a luxury.

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Chaffetz's office for comment.

CNN host Alisyn Camerota asked Chaffetz if Americans might have more health care access but less coverage under Trump's new health care bill. The annual premium for an average American family's health insurance reached $18,142 in 2016, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

"The idea that you wouldn't want to make sure that you've got the health security and financial security ... you guys are smarter than that", Obama said. "We're getting rid of those things that people said that they don't want", Chaffetz replied.

The Indiana lawmaker continued, "We don't want to make people to make choices in their life. having to choose healthcare and leaving out other parts of their life that everyone else enjoys".

Perez knocked new legislation from House Republicans aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare.

In addition to being wrong about how much health care costs, the comment was tone deaf and callous, even by GOP standards; Chaffetz himself admitted later that he didn't make his point "as smoothly as [he] possibly could". If your phone of choice is cheaper, you'll need to forgo more of it to afford health care. "Tax credits would begin at $2,000 for people in their 20s, and gradually increase to $4,000 for people over age 60".

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