Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz stopped by CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday morning to offer advice to Americans when it comes to how they spend their money.
“Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own health care,” Chaffetz said. “They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”
Co-anchor Alisyn Camerota fired back, “So in other words, for lower income Americans, you’re saying this is going to require some sacrifice on their part?”
On Monday, House Republicans released their plan for undoing former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Social media did not appreciate Chaffetz’s comments, with many users mocking him for not knowing what health care actually costs.
“Unless Jason Chaffetz is offering a free healthcare plan with a two year contract, he needs to sit down and be quiet,” one person tweeted. Another said: “Jason Chaffetz clearly has no idea how much an emergency room visit costs. Or prescription drugs. Or blood tests. Or an iPhone.”
Check out some of the backlash:
Unless Jason Chaffetz is offering a free healthcare plan with a two year contract, he needs to sit down and be quiet.
— Mandrew (@mrandrewworrell) March 7, 2017
1. Rep. Jason Chaffetz. 202-225-7751. His cell phone remark was an indication of his lack of understanding about healthcare.
— Shirl Herbert (@ShirlHerbert) March 7, 2017
Jason Chaffetz clearly has no idea how much an emergency room visit costs. Or prescription drugs. Or blood tests. Or an iPhone. #healthcare
— andrew (@rewstermania) March 7, 2017
— Saucy Seesaw (@ShomahKhoobi) March 7, 2017
— T.R. Morley (@TheRealMorley) March 7, 2017
Jason Chaffetz is quickly making a fierce competition with Paul Ryan for 'most hated person in Congress'
— coreyspring (@coreyspring) March 7, 2017
I am sure Jason Chaffetz's 'iPhone' line sounded good to someone on his staff.
But he probably should have asked a few other people too.
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) March 7, 2017
Jason Chaffetz can get your family health insurance for $600 every 2 years!!! You should call him! https://t.co/2Aw3xHjV8g
— BadgerStew (@BadgerStew) March 7, 2017
Did you hear Republican Jason Chaffetz? He said lower income people will need to "sacrifice" now in order to get Healthcare under new plan.
— Mike Masters (@tigertux) March 7, 2017
To be fair, when Jason Chaffetz goes to the doctor, it's this guy. pic.twitter.com/Qwa5h2EiI5
— Adam T. Music (@MusicAdamT) March 7, 2017
"Poor Americans should choose to invest in their healthcare and not iPhones. BTW- thanks for paying for my insurance." — Jason Chaffetz
— Mike Larson (@Milarso) March 7, 2017
Any interview with Jason Chaffetz should start with the question “Do you know what things cost?”
— #1 corncob 3d fan (@AaronM) March 7, 2017
Good morning to everyone except Jason Chaffetz
Sent from my iPhone
— Alex Press (@alexnpress) March 7, 2017
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