Rep. Jason Chaffetz was on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday morning to talk about the new Republican health-care plan to replace Obamacare when he made the perfectly reasonable comment that Americans find the money to buy things like iPhones but not health insurance and that they need to take more personal responsibility with their finances:
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) March 7, 2017
Jason Chaffetz: "maybe rather than getting that new iPhone … maybe they should invest it in their own health care" https://t.co/PO6FbkRAmh
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 7, 2017
Libs, of course, saw this as an opening of some sort because health care should be free, or something:
Dear Democrats: @jasoninthehouse just handed you a big juicy attack-ad ready T-bone steak. Please try not to choke on it.
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) March 7, 2017
you, a poor: "my children need medicine, please help"
me, a jason chaffetz: "have you thought about buying a flip phone instead?"
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) March 7, 2017
Hey @jasoninthehouse: please double down & say everybody buying a Nintendo Switch deserves to watch their kid die of a treatable illness.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) March 7, 2017
A structural flaw in healthcare legislation is that all the people writing it have free government healthcare and pensions. https://t.co/nCYu3Fjxog
— Heidi N Moore (@moorehn) March 7, 2017
People in cushy jobs love poverty shaming. They fucking LOVE it. https://t.co/bZsbMwcPWf
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) March 7, 2017
my new iphone w/ contract cost me $200
caring for my diabetes, WITH insurance? don't even try to @ me, congressman. https://t.co/7iv096irMT
— Nick Andersen (@nicktheandersen) March 7, 2017
this does not strike me as the most effective argument one could make. https://t.co/rnmWVZS6mC
— Daniel Gross (@grossdm) March 7, 2017
Hopefully, GOP messaging gets a little bit better on this.