This morning Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) done f*cked up bigly when Alisyn Camerota pointed out to him that repealing the ACA and providing access to healthcare doesn’t exactly equal coverage for poorer Americans.
The sniveling asshat from Utah answered Camerota by condescendingly mocking poor Americans for buying cellphones instead of healthcare:
Well we’re getting rid of the individual mandate. We’re getting rid of those things that people said they don’t want. And 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.
OH NO HE DI’N’T! Hold me back, guys! Hold me back! Those are fighting words coming from a guy who has government funded healthcare and an iPhone.
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The Twitterverse was equally pissed off over Chaffetz’s uninformed answer to the point that healthcare is simply a luxury many people can’t afford, and costs many, many times the cost of an iPhone. At a time when drug prices are skyrocketing, health care premiums rising, and the GOP is promising to rewrite the current health care law, the last thing Americans want to hear is that this is somehow their fault for buying an iPhone.
So the people in internetland put it in terms perhaps Chaffetz could understand — they translated their healthcare costs in iPhones:
Hi @jasoninthehouse you seem pretty unclear on the concept. Let me help: My daughter was premature and cost about 1000 iPhones.
— Sarah DiGregorio (@SarahDiGregorio) March 7, 2017
I’ve had both cancer & iPhones. Cancer cost me 93 iPhones WITH health insurance that self-employed healthy rich people could buy before ACA. https://t.co/u5USYoh9Rf
— Alex King (@AlexKing3rd) March 7, 2017
An annual exam cost me 3 iPhones while I was without insurance in 2016.
— Rachael Berkey (@bookoisseur) March 7, 2017
The new mode of currency: iPhones. “My triple bypass cost me about 300 iPhones”
— Toumik Asatoorian (@Toumik818) March 7, 2017
My wrist surgery cost $15,000 but you’re telling me I could have had 16 iPhones instead @jasoninthehouse 😩😩😩
— tylr (@thailrhelbling) March 7, 2017
— Amie Bailey (@ajbailey) March 7, 2017
Stitches in my hand (a quick procedure) with insurance cost me a little over $1800. I figure that’s 3 iPhones @jasoninthehouse
— John (@JohnWielgosz) March 7, 2017
It would’ve cost me about 6 iPhones just to get a cyst removed, but okay. @jasoninthehouse
— Kristin Kovach (@kristabelle617) March 7, 2017
Rabies shots for my family would have cost me 58 iPhones if I had to pay out of pocket. Shame on me for not planning for, you know bats..
— Ed Hill (@edhillatiowa) March 7, 2017
@emilyvgordon having my baby, with insurance, still cost me over 10 iphones worth of bills. 😑
— tuffy summers (@fleetwitchmac) March 7, 2017
Late to this point, but can someone tell me where I can get quality healthcare for the cost of my iPhone? One month of premiums > 2 iPhones.
— Andrés Alvarez (@NerdNumbers) March 7, 2017
The Republicans in the House have held a majority for over six devastating years; in the Senate, they’ve had the majority for over two years. And they never once sent President Obama a bill that would improve health care for Americans, and instead repeatedly tried to repeal the president’s signature health law. Now they’ve given us this nothing burger which only sends help to the wealthiest Americans. And Chaffetz has the audacity to stick his nose up at us for owning things?
The only way we beat this is by showing up to vote so we can kick these fools out. Then we can have iPhones AND affordable health care.
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