‘I Didn’t Say it as Smoothly as I Could’: Chaffetz Responds to iPhone/Healthcare Comments

Hours after he made a bit of a firestorm for stating that Americans may need to make a choice between buying an iPhone and healthcare coverage while defending the GOP’s Obamacare replacement plan, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on Fox News and attempted to clarify them.

Towards the end of an interview with host Shannon Bream, the Utah lawmaker was asked to respond if he was suggesting people on the lower-income spectrum would need to give up things to make sure they have healt coverage.

“What we’re trying to say and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I could but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance,” Chaffetz stated. “And they’re gonna have to make those decisions.”

He would further add that he wants to make sure people have access to affordable healthcare and they are covered if they have pre-existing conditions, but that he doesn’t like the individual mandate.

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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