Twitter Erupts After Rep. Jason Chaffetz Says People Should Forgo iPhones to Buy Healthcare
Tuesday morning, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sat down with CNN to discuss the Republican replacement for Obamacare, sparking backlash on Twitter from people unhappy with the Congressman’s comments. Responding to the claim that the new plan limits access to care for low-income Americans, Chaffetz remarked, “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.”
People on Twitter were quick to respond, pointing out that iPhones, while expensive, shouldn’t be compared to the expense of healthcare.
Here’s what they had to say:
Without insurance, a three-month supply of my insulin pumps–just the pumps, not the insulin itself–costs ~$1750.
An iPhone 7 costs $650.
— Daniel Solomon (@Dan_E_Solo) March 7, 2017
when i had cancer a dr gave me a two-minute throat scope with a tiny camera & billed us for $17,000. had a flip phone at the time thank god!
— erin chack (@ErinChack) March 7, 2017
Actually, if healthcare only cost as much as an iPhone, that would be awesome. Can we do that? — Daniel Abraham (@AbrahamHanover) March 7, 2017
3. By coincidence I received my Cobra bill this morning. It’s almost $1,800 a month. I’m not spending that a year on the family iPhone plan. — Helaine Olen (@helaineolen) March 7, 2017