|If only we stopped craving iPhones, we'd pay for all our|
medical expenses ourselves, argues this Congressman
As you might have heard all over the news this morning, Chaffetz, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee said on CNN:
"Well, we're getting rid of the individual mandate. We're getting rid of those things that people said they don't want. And you know what? Americans have chocies. And they've got to make a choice. And so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They've got to make those decisions themselves."
In that one statement, Chaffetz fully explains his and his colleagues' attitude toward all Americans who are too "stupid" and "lazy" to be millionaires.
A new iPhone, without signing up for a plan, costs maybe $650. A person without insurance who needs an appendectomy would probably have to pay very roughly $20,000 or about 30 iPhones.
Our appendectomy guy shouldn't have bought those 30 iPhones, I guess.
By the way, that iPhone people are craving? It might be the only ready access to phones available to most people. My only phone is an iPhone, and I need it to, say, connected to my job, communicate with my gardening clients, manage my finances, lots of things.
As the Verge points out, a smart phone is very often a necessity for maintaining a job, or finding one. You know, the job you get to get paid and stow away money for health care like Chaffetz wants?
As you would expect, Twitter lit up with this one.
Chaffetz handed Democrats a great talking point, as Charlie Pierce tweeted:
The response on Twitter really was withering, as you'd expect"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
can't afford an annual cost of $10,000? yet I see you have purchased a nintendo, curious— Matt Bruenig (@MattBruenig) 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
@anildash @jasoninthehouse “Why are people deciding to get cancer when they know they can’t afford it?”— Caroline ⚡️ (@crikitmoore) March 7, 2017
If you are old and on a fixed income, or chose a career which doesn't pay corporate CEO rates and you get expensively sick, well screw you. Just die already. We don't need or want you, say these GOP Congress creatures.
What's really going on is the GOP really wants Americans who are profit centers for their political donors to survive. Anybody else who doesn't become rich deserves to die. Because it is always 100 percent the fault of low and middle income people to not be zillionaires, in the eyes of zillionaires who inhereted their zillions.
Or got their zillions from corporate campaign contributors.
Don't you love the hollow lack of morality among our nation's leaders?