As reported in “The Hill” yesterday, “Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) on Tuesday said Americans may have to choose between purchasing a new iPhone or paying for health insurance.
‘You know what, Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice, the House Oversight Committee chairman told CNN Newsday one day after the House GOP unveiled its plan to replace Obamacare.
‘And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.'”
Let me remind the Representative of what he is advocating and who is getting harmed by this change. In essence, this replacement plan takes away expanded Medicaid which harms people making less than 138% of the poverty level. It also will put further cost pressure on other lower paid individuals and older people.
These folks may have to choose between eating and healthcare. They may have to choose between rent and healthcare. So, as you think of Chaffetz’ comments, please be reminded of Marie Antoinette who is said to have uttered the line “let them eat cake,” when told the poor did not have flour to make bread.
To me, this is prima facie evidence of a group of legislators who have little understanding of the havoc they are about to wreak with their proposed replacement plan, many of whom just do not care. Let me climb to a hill top and shout these words, “do not repeal the ACA, make it better.”