Republican congressman says low-income Americans have to pick either one: new iPhone or healthcare



Donald Trump, the controversial 45th President of the United States, known more for his colorful persona rather than for any specific economic or health policy, is ushering a brand new healthcare plan that will repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obama care. And he's got a bunch of Republican Congressmen behind his back, defending the new plan.

Problem is it will be expensive. Millions of people might no longer be able to afford healthcare.

So how do the Republican Congressmen defend this possibility?

If your name is Jason Chaffetz, a wealthy white Republican Congressman, you don't. You just tell people that they should not be buying new iPhones, but instead spending the money on health care.


It's true: health care is a choice. However nowhere in the world it is as expensive a choice as in the United States. New iPhones that retail for $650 and more would probably buy you years of health insurance in multiple European countries, but unfortunately Congressman Chaffetz seems poorly informed about health insurance rates in the USA. In the general case, this would not even buy you a month of health coverage. Everybody knows that, but what is particularly striking about Chaffetz's comment is just how terribly condescending it sounds, with a 'deal with it' attitude. And one thing is certain: whatever the healthcare system ends up being, American people deserve better treatment from the elected officials.

source: CNN

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178 Comments

1. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Sad reality - He's right.

30. Z.....

Posts: 355; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Absolutely, iPhones have turned humans into zombies.

45. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

iPhones have turned humans into Zombies...? iZombie...? If so... Android has done it on an even greater scale...! Almost 80% of smartphones run on Android...! #Andrombie #Zombdroid (Take your pick...) Besides, people have been using cellphones like zombies since The Nokia 3310 Days... The original 3310, mind you... So stop bashing the poor little Apple... Before, it was Snake... Now, its Pokemon GO... Anyhow, this article has no place on a tech blog... I know how you feel about Republicans, Victor H. And I feel the same way... I feel pity about Americans, quite honestly... But we ought to keep our heads and hope for the best...! Oh well, G'Day!

81. fyah_king unregistered

But, you can buy android phones for like $100 and it'll work just as good as an iPhone.

84. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

No it won't...... and you're missing the point either way.

96. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Its will depdending on your needs.

177. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Both major parties in the US are coperatist politicians the thralls of big businesses. I am surprised most people rather spent their time arguing about their phone than to fight their country corruption. Freedom is earned not given!

109. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

If you can buy Android phones for $100 that will work as good as iPhones you can also but Android phones for $100 dollar that are equally or better than high end Android phones.

93. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

GreenMan. you can get android phone under 100$ USD can you say the same for iphone? ( brand new ) back in the day a nokia 3310 would cost maybe 200$ usd so your comparison make no sense.

124. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea but you can buy health insurance and an Android phone because there are really good options really cheap. Sadly, the "more money than sense" moniker applies to poor people who buy iPhones too. They also have more money than sense it is just a lot less of both. Aside from that, the GOP are a-holes and really all need to get their health insurance from the government cancelled and then subsequently develop cancer.

160. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

iphone has been dictating the instant gratification culture since the damn iphones instant-message like read report. u wana See if i "read your message" so bad?? dude F'ing CALL ME if u want an instant response so bad!!!! at least i can keep my EYES on the ROAD better!!! And because most men want to get with women, the majority of those men have impatiently gave in to the Txting culture. and this lead to the overall culture changing.

31. Acdc1a

Posts: 477; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

He's exactly right. We don't have priorities any longer. Everyone wants everything and they want it right now.

158. mr.reckless562

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 22, 2016

exactly, its become a world of instant gratification. from sanpchat to tinder, it has it has harmed us. especially iphone, for dictating the instant gratification culture. u wana See if i "read your message" so bad?? dude F'ing CALL ME if u want an instant response so bad!!!! at least i can keep my EYES on the ROAD better!!! o yea, n txting is built for women, because by human nature, most (not all) women dont gravitate to direct confrontation, which txting affords the perfect medium. And Despite the damn iphones instant-message like read report, its Still Less confrontational than a phone call. And because most men want to get with women, the majority of those men have impatiently gave in to the Txting culture. and this lead to the overall culture changing to "Instant". so i guess just blame the internet lol. i got lazy @ the end lol.

85. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

650.00 for an iPhone would buy one month of health care. You idiots that thumb up this are all foolish clowns who must live under a rock. There is also talk about them taxing the money that your employer gives you for health care coverage.... They are also planning on cutting taxes 50,000.00 for any one that makes over a million dollars... Taxing your employer contribution that you get make the cuts possible.... Wake up........

122. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

no he's not. you just displayed how little you know.

181. Highside

Posts: 197; Member since: Jan 31, 2017

No. The sad reality is the left that condone, or participate in. the theft of taxpayers money due to their unwillingness to work combined with their hate of the country and the very people that created it for them to exploit in the first place.

199. llk171

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

Right about what, $27 iphone payment per month versus $1000 healthcare?

2. haruken

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

Euhm what's with that unprofessional title ?

7. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

Honestly it is not unprofessional, he is an asshole. Obamacare has worked just fine for the past years repealing it with no replacement and asking the public to spend less on their life style and more oh healthcare, which should be covered by the massive amount of tax the us citizens pay, is plain stupid! How do these people even make it to power!

34. stferrari

Posts: 65; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

The definition of a liberal is someone so open minded their brains have fallen out. The ACA is working???????? Honestly what planet have you been living on. This website should not be posting political arrivals and/or opinions. What does that have to do with AV items? Disappointed !!!!!!!

196. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Why is there a classification of liberal and conservative in the first place? Its like you need to scribe to some cast system before you have the right to be heard. Are you going to let politician distract you, divide you up for decade to come? Please review each issue on their merit. If you do that, you would find that both side actually wanted the same thing. Affordable health care that would protect you when you need it!! Not when you are young and strong they make a quick buck out of you. However, when you need to make a claim and the insurance see no profit in you and therefore they discard you. Is this the kind of policy you want for yourselve and your children.

37. Acdc1a

Posts: 477; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

You shouldn't be getting into a partisan debate on a technology site. That said, many counties in many states have only 1 provider left in the ACA exchange. If that provider fails, no more coverage. No one regardless of affiliation can say it's working and if you believe it you're simply listening to a single party's talking points.

41. epic_ninja420

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Worked fine for whom? Sorry but making people pay a penalty for not having healthcare is bulls**t. Want money to subsidize healthcare? Cut the 6 figure salaries and establish term limits for the House and Senate. I'm sick of busting my ass day in and day out, going to school to better myself and having to pay a penalty to cover some schmuck that would rather sit around on govt assistance than attempt to better their situation. Sure there are people that need the help due to no fault of their own but unless you are disabled and unable to work then it should not be something you can live off of. When you pay for food with an EBT but drive off in a Merc, BMW or Caddy while talking on your 7+ then I have a serious issues with that. Could he have worded it different? Sure. But at the end of the day hes not wrong. The sooner the people of the world realize that Government doesnt have their best interests at heart the better off we all will be.

52. AlikMalix unregistered

Obamacare has honestly killed the healthcare my family enjoyed and because we make a little more money than average - we did not qualify for Obama care plan that was supposed to be better for my family - so we had to still find healthcare - but now my premiums shot up at $8000 a year before any coverage is applied and my deductibles are a joke!!! Example: Before Obamacare my daughter was born - $1200 out of pocket expenses (that's including 11 days in monitoring because she had strep-B) After Obamacare my son was born - $9600 out of pocket - same hospital, same peocedure, (but without extra days of stay like the first kid). "Thanks Obama". No offense for those that like his policies - it's a friggen nightmare on my side. I want my old policy back!!!

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

HAH! The problem isn't ObamaCare. The problem is how insurance company's to advantage of loopholes in the program. Oh and you're crying now, with until the Republicans get done with it.

82. AlikMalix unregistered

As long as I'm paying for my self and not forced to pay for others.

188. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's how insurance works. How do you think that procedure only cost $1200 or even $9600? The money you're paying in doesn't only cover you. If it did, you'd be better off putting your money in a savings account and withdrawing it when you need care. All insurance is based on the whole subsidizing the few. Everyone pays in and the ones who file a claim use money from the pooled amount paid in. That's the same for all insurance, health, auto, life, etc. And when some people have more claims than others, their costs go up to offset what others are paying in. But if you have insurance, make no mistake, you're paying for other people. I also didn't qualify for any subsidies under the ACA, but the kicker is the plan I got through it was cheaper than what I was previously paying. That should say something right there about what these insurance companies are charging. I had my gall bladder removed last year. Total costs were around $23k, I paid around $4500 out of pocket. But what was ridiculous was the charges. The surgeon, the anesthesiologist, etc totaled no more than $4k, but the hospital facility and equipment fees were right at $19k. Does that seem right to anyone? I think the biggest problem with healthcare is the out of control costs inherent in the system. When you're paying $10+ for an aspirin, something's wrong there.

87. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1461; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Well under Donald Trump Healthcare is about to cost more than Obamacare..... So what is your point idiot.

89. AlikMalix unregistered

1. We'll just have to see. We're a healthy family, I shouldn't have to pay as much as a smoker or obese family. 2. I guess I have the right not to buy - unlike Obamacare. 3. Should compensate if his promises about lowering my taxes works out just like his healthcare plan. 4. Don't confuse me with a diehard trump supporter. I want freedom to choose, freedoms for my doctor to choose, and freedom from not paying someone else's bad habits. Obama had to terms to get it right - he didn't - let's see what the other side can do.

112. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

AlikMalix you impress me on this i am 100% with you.

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