Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is facing another brutal round of public shaming after saying that low-income Americans should prioritize paying for healthcare instead of a new iPhone.
Chaffetz appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday to discuss the broadly criticized “Trumpcare” proposal being pitched as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act. During his segment, Chaffetz said the following:
“Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice. 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.”
Shortly after making that comment, the internet did what the internet does best, and unloaded on Chaffetz’s rehashed argument about poverty, and people deciding to be poor.
– Cost of iPhone: $399
– Cost of healthcare for 1 year: $10,345
– Hearing @jasoninthehouse compare the 2 as if they are the same: priceless
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 7, 2017
Chaffetz says poor people may have to choose between an iPhone and healthcare, “Siri what is this lump?”
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) March 7, 2017
Let’s visualize the cost of my wife’s surgery in the basic economic unit of the iPhone: pic.twitter.com/peWttSB2LL
— Critical Nostalgia (@highway_62) March 7, 2017
— Adam Carl (@AdamWho) March 7, 2017
Hello @jasoninthehouse, my brother has a $500,000 hospital bill he's trying to pay off. What's the most prudent way he can sell his iPhone?
— Kaleb Horton (@kalebhorton) March 7, 2017
And the man besought Jesus that he come down and heal his son: for he was near death.
Then said Jesus unto him, Did your son have an iPhone
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 7, 2017
— Ben Boyer (@sleezsisters) March 7, 2017
An app on my iPhone helps me track my seizures, which I rarely have bc of incredible care from an immigrant doctor who takes Obamacare. https://t.co/BOirc8Zm0c
— Kristen Richardson (@butwhyevernot) March 7, 2017