Let them eat iPhones: Jason Chaffetz on Health Care & the Poor (Young Turks)

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TYT metadata: “Poor people don’t fund Jason Chaffetz’s campaigns, so they can take a long walk off a short pier. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. . .

“Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) is proposing a quick fix for low-income Americans unable to afford coverage under President Donald Trump’s newly proposed health care law: Don’t buy an iPhone.

The American Health Care Act, unveiled by House Republican leaders Monday, offers less financial assistance to low-income people than former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, so it would likely result in millions of Americans losing the health coverage they have today.

But the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Tuesday that Americans who might struggle to afford insurance under the GOP plan simply need to make the choice to “invest in health care.”

“Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said Tuesday on CNN. “So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”

Having to choose between a smartphone and health care coverage is a scenario Chaffetz likely can’t relate to. With a net worth of at least $320,000 in 2014, he makes less than many of his colleagues in Congress and was only the 301st wealthiest lawmaker based on financial disclosures that year. But he still lives well above the median income in America (about $56,500 in 2015) and enjoys comprehensive health care benefits afforded to members of Congress.

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 Young Turks: “Republicans To The Poor: iPhones Or Healthcare”

5 Responses

  1. This will come back to bite the republicans.

    Some REALITY that far too many do not understand . . .

    – The total amount of health care required in the USA is a FIXED, and increasing in COST. That is, while there is no way to know what particular health care each individual will need, we KNOW almost to the penny how much the USA, in aggravate, will spend on cancer, heart disease, and every other type of health care.

    – NONE of the health care proposals can decrease the AMOUNT of money the USA spends on health care, all they can do is shift the cost around and make everything more expensive. The republicans are trying to shift the costs to heath care providers, the poor and elderly instead of the wealthy. This will NOT lower the costs, but merely bankrupt huge parts of the USA population and kill an increasing number of people that do not have to die.

    – Health care really is a classic case of “pay now or pay even more later.” In the end, every person in the USA will pay a lot more for health care, even the rich. The bills will come due and will have to be paid by society because individuals will not be able to pay.

    – Using the metrics “average healthcare cost per person” and healthcare costs per GDP, the USA is the WORST in both metrics. In fact the next country in line spends HALF of what the USA does and every other country is even less than that. That is, the USA could provide Medicare for all and probably cut total healthcare costs (per person and per GDP) by almost 50%! If the USA adopted a national health program like the VA where most medical services are provided directly by the government (no insurance companies and no for-profit medical services), the cost could decrease by almost 65%!

    – Americans are extremely stupid when it comes to healthcare are economics.

  2. Invest in healthcare?! As if we are buying stocks. It is an expense and even having health insurance can cost you a lot (your savings, your home, every asset you might have) should you get sick as the copays leap higher and higher.

  3. My high-deductible Kaiser plan would cost me about an extra $550/mo. without the ACA subsidy. An extra $6600/year pays for a lot more than an iPhone.

    For example, it helps me survive in one of USA’s most expensive cities on a $20,000 income and spend most of my time caring for an elderly mother afflicted with Parkinson’s and dementia — without my own meager savings being rapidly wiped out in the process.

    Chaffetz is just telling us what we should already know — wealthy Republicans (and many Democrats) couldn’t care less about the problems of ordinary Americans. We are the little people and we don’t matter, except as a resource to be milked for profit.

  4. that guy ought to be unelected next time. Comparing health care costs with purchasing an I-phone, omg that guy is out of touch. Health care prior to the ACA for some of the people I know was $900 a month. An I-phone is a lot less.

    It is just so weird that a country would want their citizens to die because they were sick and didn’t have enough money to purchase health care. gee. some of those “law makers” in Washington might be considered terrorists of the worst kind. At least a gun man will kill you ought right, these “law makers” let people die slowly and painfully.

  5. Congressperson Jason Chaffetz is little more than a camp-following wannabe bootlicker who exhibits the compassion of someone who likely tortured small animals and pets as a child. He has already wasted more of the peoples time and money doing the bidding of extremist LIARS and old hillbilly racist a••holes than his predecessor. Following in the slimy footsteps of somewhat obsessed Darryl Issa, Jason Chaffetz is not only obsessed with negative Republican Party bulls••t causes but he is mean-spirited. He is also willing to please anyone who makes $482,000 in gross income/year or more. Otherwise, not a rich Mormon in Utah who can get him money, you can hand-in that iPhone or die.

    Why does Chaffetz behave in this obviously sold-out manner? He is only the 301st wealthiest lawmaker in Congress. There is a lot of catching up to do.

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