There's nothing 'affordable' about the GOP's Affordable Care Act replacement
- Author: Jacqueline Ellis Mar 10, 2017,
Mar 10, 2017, 0:08
"Maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own health care". Ironically, the people most affected by these numbers probably won't be able to read the account, because assholes like Jason Chaffetz shamed them out of owning a vital information-gathering and job-hunting tool like a smartphone years ago. "We don't want people to make choices in their life having to choose health care and leaving out other parts of their life that everyone else enjoys". The Republican plan would remove the individual mandate (which requires Americans to purchase health insurance), and replace it with tax credits for individuals to buy health care, which industry analysts say could leave six to 10 million Americans without coverage.
The GOP plan would also repeal ACA taxes starting next year, such as the medical device tax and health insurance tax.
Yesterday, true to form, Chaffetz responded to the president's new wiretap conspiracy theory by telling Fox News, "The Obama administration has been notorious on this type of stuff, and we're going to look hard at it". A certain subset of internet users gets enraged every time a homeless person or refugee shows up with one, or when the government funds them for low-income Americans.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz has a proposal for Americans who can't afford health care: don't spend money on things like new iPhones.
"We campaigned on this, assured the American people that if you put Republicans in charge, we would fix what is in a death spiral", Chaffetz said.
Chaffetz claimed the new health care system would give citizens more choices for coverage, but also acknowledged that poorer Americans might have to make sacrifices for health care.
Chaffetz later Tuesday tried clarifying the intent behind his original remarks.
Chaffetz was sharply criticized on Twitter by some who said iPhones aren't comparable with the cost of health care.
If the bill becomes law, a lot of people would get less generous subsidies to help them afford insurance.
"Let's start with the most generous comparison, and posit that someone wants to buy the most expensive iPhone - a brand new 7 without a contract and with the luxurious "Plus" version's 5.5" screen - which has a sticker price of $769.