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Jason Chaffetz: Low Income Americans Should Buy Healthcare ‘Rather Than Getting That New iPhone’

Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on CNN’s New Day Tuesday morning to defend the Republican replacement for Obamacare that was rolled out to the public yesterday.

The proposal has already faced heat from Democratic and non-partisan organizations who claim it will lead to a growth in the U.S. uninsured population.

Congressman Chaffetz said the Republican plan would require Americans to make their own health choices, a situation he explained in the following way:

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. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.

“So in other words, for lower income Americans, you’re saying this is going to require some sacrifice on their part?” asked show co-anchor Alisyn Camerota.

“We’ve got to be able to lower the cost of healthcare,” said Chaffetz, pivoting.

When pressed again by Camerota, Chaffetz finally admitted that the Republican plan would likely result in less coverage.

“Yes, I think that’s fair.”

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