As previously reported on Restore Progress, when it was revealed that Trumpcare would impose crippling financial burdens on America’s poor, Republican congressman Jason Chaffetz had a simple and incredibly callous message for America’s less fortunate: choose your phone, or your health care – you can’t have both.
Given that the one-time cost of a smart phone is in the low hundreds of dollars, while the cost of a Trumpcare plan could easily be in the many thousands of dollars, Chaffetz’s comments appeared woefully out of touch. Now, The Intercept’s Lee Fang has discovered the likely reason for the disconnect: Chaffetz’s wealthy donors paid for Chaffetz’s phone.
Fang broke the news on Twitter as follows:
“Looks like Jason Chaffetz’s PAC — aka his rich donors — pay for his Verizon bill http://docquery.fec.gov/cgi-bin/forms/C00431684/975964/sb/ALL …”
“Lol are you kidding me? Chaffetz also spent $738 of his campaign donor’s money at the Apple Store. Hmm http://docquery.fec.gov/pdf/359/201610149032470359/201610149032470359.pdf … pic.twitter.com/LDLgKnivKK”
As you can see, not only did Chaffetz not pay for his iPhone – it appears that he doesn’t (or at least, didn’t) pay for his phone service either. Perhaps before he tells us to choose our phones or our health care, Chaffetz should stop relying on donor welfare and pay his own bills.