Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Americans Tuesday morning that they'll soon have to choose between a new iPhone or better insurance.
"Americans have choices. And they've got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said on CNN’s “New Day,” according to Talking Points Memo. “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 in their own health care. They've got to make those decisions themselves.”
Chaffetz’s comment came after host Alisyn Camerota questioned the Utah representative about the Republicans’ replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, which they announced on Monday.
The new plan will repeal penalties for those who wish not to buy health care, and it will replace income-based tax credits with age-based ones, BBC reported.
Chaffetz clarified his remarks on Fox News Tuesday morning, saying that he didn’t say his words as smoothly as he would have liked.
“Well, what we’re trying to say, and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I possibly could, but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance,” he said on Fox News.
Critics said Chaffetz's comments seemed a little harsh, especially when you compare the costs of an iPhone and health care, according to BuzzFeed News.
Chaffetz finished his interview on “New Day” saying that there’s still a lot to be discussed with the new plan before it becomes law, TPM reported.
“We just saw the bill as of yesterday,” he said. “We're just starting to consume it. We will have to look at how that analysis moves forward."