Yesterday on CNN Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) callously explained how low-income Americans would be able to afford Republicans’ plan to replace Obamacare – by giving up their smartphones.
Chaffetz and other Republican leaders fail to understand that in America’s modern economy a smartphone is an economic necessity, not a luxury. His comments are an insult to every hardworking American who requires a smartphone to do their job:
“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 go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions for themselves.”
Chaffetz’s comments seem particularly ridiculous when you compare the cost of an average insurance plan on the open market ($4,617 per year) to the onetime cost of an iPhone ($769).
The Republican replacement to Obamacare, which could cause up to 10 million fewer people to have health insurance, is off to a predictably awful start.