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Chaffetz Destroyed for Making Correct Statement Over iPhones, Healthcare

Chaffetz Destroyed for Making Correct Statement Over iPhones, Healthcare

Because adulting is hard.

Outrage everywhere because House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) had the nerve to tell people they should prioritize their budget. On CNN, he spoke about healthcare with Alisyn Camerota:

“Well, we’re getting rid of the individual mandate. We’re getting rid of those things that people said that they don’t want,” Chaffetz replied. “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.

“They’ve got to make those decisions themselves,” Chaffetz added.

Camerota asked if health care will “require some sacrifice” for lower income Americans.

“We have to be able to lower the cost of health care,” he said. “We do think that with more choices, that you will get a better product at a lower price and that will be good for everybody on the entire spectrum of income.”

Outrage came quick on social media against Chaffetz, but is he wrong? No.

Thanks to Obamacare, the majority of us have had to deal with rising health insurance costs, changing plans, etc. It has caused a lot of us to budget.

Could he have worded it better? Maybe, but the analogy stands.

If you or your family cannot afford your healthcare costs, maybe you shouldn’t buy a $700 smart phone or other expensive wants.

It’s a harsh truth for some, but those of us who have accepted reality, we have already embraced them. Taking on plans with a higher deductible means some of us have already had to go through our budget and decide which items we can cut out.

It’s called adulting.

The remarks from his fellow congressmen are just as disturbing:

Rep. Larry Bucshon, R-Indiana, later said on “CNN Newsroom” that Chaffetz’s comments were “unwarranted at this time.”

“We don’t want people to make choices in their life having to choose health care and leaving out other parts of their life that everyone else enjoys,” Bucshon said.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also pounced on Chaffetz’s remarks, tweeting they are “offensive and show a lack of both understanding and compassion.”

Well, unfortunately, the choices made by Congress have forced us to choose health care over other items we enjoy in our life.

I find it adorable that Pelosi has lectured Chaffetz on a lack of compassion and understanding. Lack of compassion came from the Democrats when they shoved Obamacare down our throats, turning our lives upside down.

The Washington Post decided to compare the iPhone and healthcare “the right way,” but it’s a silly argument. Yes, surgeries and major health issues cost way more than an iPhone, but that $700 could go a long way towards treating a health issue.

Former President Barack Obama made similar comments back in 2014:

“I guess what I would say is if you looked at that person’s budget and you looked at their cable bill, their telephone … cell phone bill, other things that they’re spending on, it may turn out that they just haven’t prioritized health care because right now everybody is healthy,” he said.

“Nobody actually wants to spend money on health insurance until they get sick,” he added.

Chaffetz later admitted that he could have worded his thoughts better on CNN:

“What we’re trying to say — and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I possibly could — but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance,” he said on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “And they’re going to have to make those decisions.”

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Hey GOP…stop apologizing for being right!

Cojones, get some cojones!

Chaffetz is, of course, perfectly correct.

Most all middle-income Americans HAVE make choices every day about what we spend our money for, and a lot of us decide to spend it on something other than our own health insurance plan. This is especially true of younger Americans, which is why ObamaDoggle was NEVER going to work.

Pelosi Schmelosi | March 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

Hmm let’s see…I can get a free ObamaPhone AND free healthcare. And add a side order of free college too.
Take that Chaffetz!

sjf_control | March 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

An iPhone would have only covered about one month of Obamacare premiums, for me.

And yet if you suggest a form of Medical Savings Account that permits people to save their own money for unexpected medical expenses, and pass those savings along as an inheritance if somebody doesn’t use it all, these same people start howling and screaming about how terrible an idea it is.

inspectorudy | March 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm

“We don’t want people to make choices in their life having to choose health care and leaving out other parts of their life that everyone else enjoys,” Bucshon(motherfu*keR) said.

OMG! I have found the enemy and it is us! What a moron! He’s telling people that someone else will pay for their stuff so they don’t have to make any sacrifices. What kind of message is that? The
Republican party is so over!

My employer health insurance deductions tripled after Obamacare and things that had been covered now were not. Then came the co insurance, nice scam.
And I work for a large hospital system. We use to take care of our own, but the not for profit got lost in the take over, even though Ascension is suppose to be NFP also.
Difference between Nuns vs Priests

The Nuns definitly treated the employees better.

Bucshon, what, is he a snowflake?
F/U

“It has caused a lot of us to budget.” Something new and unusual for a lot of people, having to place needs ahead of immediate wants. Imagine that.

the people paying the freight don’t have the same benefits as those that don’t.

The bleeding hearts who don’t want to burden the less fortunate with health insurance premiums can volunteer to pay it for them. Or shut up.

    Why should those bleeding hearts volunteer to pay the bills of the less fortunate, when they could just volunteer us to pay the bills of the less fortunate?

Oh for f8cks sake…grow some bollocks for a change!

The reality is people HAVE to prioritise spending themselves! Whats more important, a nice new shiny iPhone 12s OR health care!!!

Its not rocket science ffs!

Regards

Mailman

Sorry, but “adult” is not a verb.

Healthcare is exactly the same as any other business only different. I know how much a new iPhone will cost, but no idea how much a medical procedure will cost until AFTER it’s done. How about advertising the cost of every procedure at every facility? Then let me decide, the same way I decide about other financial decisions? No?

Get the gov out of the insurance industry and the health care industry. There is not an enumerated power to all the feds to do anything. Health care is a service and a good and not a right. Gov interference has made everything more expensive and will soon make it all unavailable.

Liberalism vs Conservatism is the constant battle of the Children vs the Adults.

Leftists and coddled millennials simply want stuff given to them by daddy for free, whether the biological one or the monolithic Federal one.

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