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‘Those Type of Comments, I Think, Are Unwarranted’: GOP Representative on Chaffetz’s iPhone Remark

During an appearance on CNN this morning, a Republican Congressman admonished the comments made by one of his GOP colleagues earlier today regarding how Americans may need to make choices on spending their money when it comes to healthcare.

As you may recall, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) showed up on CNN’s New Day to defend the new GOP replacement for Obamacare and stated that “Americans have choices 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 go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own healthcare.” He also agreed that low-income Americans will need to make sacrifices because they “have to lower the cost of healthcare.”

Hours later, CNN anchor John Berman asked Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) if his thoughts on Chaffetz’s comments and if he believed “it’s a choice between iPhones and coverage.”

“Absolutely not,” Bucshon stated. “I was a doctor before, and those type of comments, I think, are unwarranted at this time. And so you know, we want to make sure everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare.”

The Indiana lawmaker continued, “We don’t want to make people to make choices in their life. Having to choose healthcare and leaving out other parts of their life that everyone else enjoys. So I don’t think that’s true. I think that this is not going to do that.”

Bucshon would go on to discuss his thoughts on the GOP plan and how he believes it will get costs down and provide widespread coverage.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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