Salt Lake City, UT – The Alliance for a Better Utah responded to comments Representative Jason Chaffetz made during a CNN interview this morning while talking about Republicans’ current plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. When asked whether the new plan will leave low-income Americans uninsured, Rep. Chaffetz said these people would have to soon make the decision between buying an iPhone or investing in their healthcare.
Chase Thomas, Better Utah’s Policy and Advocacy Counsel, issued the following statement:
“If low-income families become uninsured, it is not because of their decision to buy a phone — it will be because Congress is forcing them to decide between buying insurance, putting food on the table, or paying the rent.”
“While acknowledging that people will soon be uninsured after the replacement of Obamacare, Rep. Chaffetz tries to shift the blame from Congress onto the backs of ordinary Americans. Notwithstanding the fact that phone ownership has become essential in our modern society from communicating to loved ones to being able to perform in jobs, this claim by Rep. Chaffetz is utterly ridiculous and insensitive.We hope Rep. Chaffetz sleeps well at night with his iPhone and Apple Watch on his nightstand, while millions of Americans now live under the threat of their affordable healthcare soon becoming less affordable or unattainable.”