Someone should ask Jason Chaffetz at his next Town Hall meeting — which I suspect he will duck and/or claim that all the attendees are paid by George Soros — how much a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread costs, because I am guessing the man has no clue, because he has no goddamn idea how much health care costs.
On CNN this morning, Chaffetz — in defending the new Republican healthcare bill — suggested that it will require more personal responsibility, and asked that people “make choices,” like the choice — for instance — between a new smart phone or health insurance.
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
“And you know what? Americans have choices, and they’ve gotta make a choice,” he continued. “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 in their own health care. They’ve gotta make those decisions themselves.”
An Apple iPhone costs about $600, which most of us roll into our monthly cell phone bill, so we typically pay $25 - $30 a month for that new phone, which we replace every two years.
On the other hand, the average health insurance premium is $300 a month for an individual and $800 a month for a family plan, and that doesn’t include the deductibles, which average around $4,000 a year for an individual and $7500 a year for a family.
So, unless the average individual is buying a new smart phone every other month and never actually using the health insurance, then this is a really bad f**king analogy. But more than that, it illustrates exactly where Chaffetz’ priorities are: He’s far more interested in enriching the wealthy — who may have to decide on a vacation home with or without a fancy Japanese toilet — than he is in assisting the average worker in America, who has to choose between health insurance and food/rent. Chaffetz has no idea how much an ER visit costs, or how much it costs to buy antibiotics for your kids.
He thinks that low-income people can solve all of their problems merely by getting a flip phone instead of an iPhone.