Jason Chaffetz: Americans Must Choose Healthcare or an iPhone
Chaffetz is backpedaling admitting ‘That didn’t come out smoothly.’
Jason Chaffetz says his comments that Americans will have to choose between buying an iPhone & buying health care didn't come out “smoothly” pic.twitter.com/XDDwjH8Rzh
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 7, 2017
First question is how much did he pay for his iPhone? I think his comment actually shows that he is totally out of touch and doesn’t get it. And if he believes in self reliance why doesn’t he lose his own very generous government healthcare benefits he gets as a member of Congress?
But it shows that he thinks people don’t have insurance because they waste money rather than the fact that many don’t have enough income and that health insurance is very expensive. Basically his trite comment shows that his heart is not in the right place.
As we noted in the previous post, the GOP’s Repeal and Replace has the worst of both worlds: lower rate of insured but yet a higher deficit.
The politics of this are not going to be fun for them. There are already four Senate GOPers who say they won’t support any bill that reduces the uninsured rate. But there is no plan that that the GOP will come up with that won’t reduce the uninsured rate.
“House Republicans have finally rolled out their long-awaited bill repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. It’s anyone’s guess whether it will actually pass. But even if it does, the structure of the GOP replacement all but ensures that the Obamacare wars will continue right through the 2018 and 2020 elections — in ways that numerous Republicans might come to regret. Bigly.”
“The GOP plan repeals the Medicaid expansion and replaces it with a system of per capita grants that would dole out a fixed sum per Medicaid recipient — which could result in cuts over time and freeze out those who want to enroll later. It replaces the ACA’s system of subsidies with tax credits allotted by age, with larger ones going to older people, but they would mean less assistance for those with lower incomes. It repeals the ACA’s tax hikes, without saying how the plan would be paid for.”
“The plan has yet to be scored by the Congressional Budget Office, but it would likely result in untold numbers losing coverage over time, and many others not being eligible for coverage where they otherwise would have been. As Margot Sanger-Katz puts it, the GOP plan “shifts a lot of benefits from the poor to those who earn more,” by slashing “funding to states that cover poor adults through their Medicaid program” and “financial assistance for relatively low-income insurance shoppers,” while offering “new financial benefits for the upper-middle class and the rich.” What a surprise!
For Paul Ryan, Donald Trump and Jason Chaffetz, that’s a feature not a bug.
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