GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz says that the American people will have to choose between a new iPhone or health care when trying to afford insurance under the new GOP bill that would replace Obamacare. In an interview on CNN's "New Day" on Tuesday morning, the congressman from Utah suggested that poor people cannot afford health care because they spend money on nonessentials.
GOP Rep. Chaffetz: Americans may need to choose between "new iphone . . . they just love" and investing in health care https://t.co/5Hxwn2uOl5
— New Day (@NewDay) March 7, 2017
The evidence does not seem to support this. The cost of a new iPhone, with no contract, is $670. The median health care cost per capita is $10,345.
In Chaffetz's defense, he had a hard task of standing up for the new Republican health care plan. The proposal has few proponents thus far, as politicians on the left and the right have criticized the plan, which offers few details about how much it will cost taxpayers.
Members of the media were dumbfounded when they heard Chaffetz try to explain how American families can afford health care.
— Borzou Daragahi (@borzou) March 7, 2017
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) March 7, 2017
Yes! Finally someone said it! Why do Americans keep insisting on having cell phones *and* health insurance?! https://t.co/yuyE016XGm
— Binyamin Appelbaum (@BCAppelbaum) March 7, 2017
you, a poor: "my children need medicine, please help"
me, a jason chaffetz: "have you thought about buying a flip phone instead?"
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) March 7, 2017
Even if this were true: an iPhone - basically a fully functioning computer in addition to phone - isn't bad use of money if you're poor https://t.co/KOG3ZcTWNU
— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) March 7, 2017