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Chaffetz Gives American’s Ultimatum: Give Up Iphones or Give Up…

Chaffetz Gives American’s Ultimatum:  Give Up Iphones or Give Up…

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah recently spoke with CNN in an interview in which he suggested that low-income Americans need to choose between buying a new iPhone and buying health care. Chaffetz voiced his opinion via the following interview with CNN’s “New Day”:

“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 want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care.”

As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Chaffetz has maintained a priority in finding lower costs to health care as well as getting it to more people. He also hopes to get more choices available for those who feel they need more options as seen in the interview excerpt below:

“We have to be able to drive those cost curves down and provide good, quality access. We do think that with more choice, that you will get a better product at a lower price. And that will be good for everybody on the entire spectrum of income.”

Many Americans didn’t respond well to Chaffetz’s opinion causing him to interview with Fox News where he cleared up what he presumed to be annoying people:

“Maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I possibly could. As an American, you have to make choices, so sometimes you have to make decisions in your life on where to make investments.”

The logic is sound, but how will the current generation respond to this? As of Monday night, House Republicans revealed how they planned to replace the Affordable Care Act. The new bill would eradicate the mandatory purchasing of health care. However, according to ABC News, “under the proposed plan, insurers would be able to levy a 30 percent fee on health insurance premiums if people don’t continuously keep their coverage.”

In conclusion, Chaffetz suggested United States citizens use health savings accounts which are what the replacement bill will heavily rely on. “Look, we want them to have their communication equipment too,” Chaffetz said of low-income people. “But it’s frustrating.”

Health care is without a doubt one of the biggest conversation topics in the United States. What are your thoughts on the ACA and a potential new proposal?



Credit: ABC News | CNN


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