Chaffetz: Americans may have to choose between a new iPhone or health insurance

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  • Oh, please! Saint George, UT
    March 11, 2017 12:28 p.m.

    Just read an article stating half of the heart, stroke and diabetes-related deaths in the US are due to poor diet. Why should I subsidize health care premiums for people who believe that pizza and soda are part of the essential nutrition food groups.

    People who get no exercise by choice, eat a poor diet (this has little to do with income), smoke, drink beer and alcohol should have to pay higher premiums or be denied coverage until they have permanently altered their behavior. These should be preexisting conditions.

    It's a simple matter of PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY.

  • windsor City, Ut
    March 9, 2017 7:31 a.m.

    You HAVE to agree it is ridiculous to see people on welfare and who have difficulties managing the costs of living life who also have the newest, most popular phones.

    I know many hardworking people that have the simplest and most very basic phones because of the money it save them.

  • Hemlock Salt Lake City, UT
    March 8, 2017 2:20 p.m.

    Insensitive, but it focuses on those who want to spend money for consumer goods and not on personal health. Let someone else pay for my health insurance, I want to latest gadget.

  • DonM Bountiful, UT
    March 8, 2017 11:27 a.m.

    It is disappointing that government is focused on expanding access to expensive, inefficient health care. The US spends nearly double per person vs other first world countries. The medical industry already gets enough of the economic pie.

    Sadly there is no significant action to drive down costs because Big Pharma and the other medical lobbyists own Washington.

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    March 8, 2017 11:00 a.m.

    Wow. This is shameful. What about all the people who can't afford iphones. Trump's whole promise was that Obamacare would be replaced with something better that we could afford and would give more choice. So much for that. How about we just get the same healthcare plan Chaffetz gets.

  • Mongoose Poway, CA
    March 8, 2017 12:05 a.m.

    The majority of Utah voters in his district have sent this man to the Capital 5 times. They should be ashamed to continue to support a man who clearly doesn't care about his constituents and other less fortunate human beings. His constant mis-steps and lack of integrity indicate utter unsuitability for public office.

  • Jim Chee Ka'anapali, HI
    March 7, 2017 10:23 p.m.

    It is interesting that Jason Chaffetz chose the iPhone as the indicator of wasteful spending considering the importance of cell phones in today's world. Perhaps he chose it because it is an Apple product and didn't want to malign the reputation of Samsung. How he came upon the iPhone as his indicator of wasteful spending habits among the less advantaged among us is a departure from the traditional Republican criticism of poor people owning television sets and refrigerators.

    Why it never occurred to Chaffetz that poor people may not be able to afford the most current iPhone, much less a cell phone plan, is terribly disingenuous. Also, that poor people may have a cell phone, much less a "smart phone" with the much more expensive data plans required, is one of the few, "modest luxuries" in their lives.

    Many conservatives appear to argue that people in poverty need to do without anything in order to justify their poverty. Notwithstanding, they particularly resent poor people from having basic healthcare as it is, to the conservative mind, just another lazy rejection of personal responsibility as if they have the corner on moral judgment and conservative resentment.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    March 7, 2017 9:39 p.m.

    It shows just how disconnected the dude is from real life. Why doesn't he turn down his government provided health care and then have him shop how much it would cost to insure his family. Unless he is buying a family of four new iPhones every month - the cost comparison isn't even close.

    Last year I tried early retirement. The reality is Health Care cost forced me back into working again. The cost to insure my family was just under $2,000 a month, with an $8,000 dollar deductible. Not sure what iPhones Chaffetz is buying..... but it isn't even in the same ball park. Fortunately I had the means to deal with that.... many don't or can't. It isn't a matter of paying the extra $40 a month to AT&T to upgrade you phone, its a heck of a lot more money than that.

    Mr. Chaffetz needs to come back to the real world for a bit, or offer everyone the same package he has. But saying the decision is $40 bucks, or $1,800... good grief the guy is delusional.

  • Mark from Montana Davis County, UT
    March 7, 2017 8:29 p.m.

    In about 20 months we will get to choose between Chaffetz and a new Rep. Lets all choose the new guy and send Chaffetz to the unemployment line.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    March 7, 2017 7:32 p.m.

    I would bet Chaffetz's iphone and health insurance are covered by the government (or us)...

  • Nichiro-san Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 6:46 p.m.

    TJ - Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 7, 2017 1:38 p.m.

    "A politician who has the guts to be realistic and risk offending people. How refreshing. I am so sick of paying for my health insurance and for lazy peoples insurance also."

    Does this "sick" apply to your automobile insurance, uninsured motorist insurance, homeowner's insurance, fire insurance, liability insurance, flood insurance, earthquake insurance, fire protection, police protection, and other protections where the cost is spread around to others in the community? You pay essentially are contributing to cover other people's risk. The more people the more you minimize your costs.

    Note: everyone on the ACA paid something according to their income. It wasn't free. That's where medicaid comes in, to help the indigent and very low income. The more people enrolled in the program, the lower the premiums because the costs get spread around. This is what the individual mandate does. It maximizes the resource pool.

    Insurance, by its very nature, is a commodity where the costs are spread around to others. And as with other types of insurance, the more risk you take, the less your cost if you don't have a claim.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 7, 2017 5:30 p.m.

    Jason is merely expressing the views of many conservatives:

    "When it comes to the question of why people are poor, less than half (46%) of those surveyed said that circumstances beyond one’s control were more often to blame while 38% said an individual’s lack of effort was more to blame. About one-in-ten (11%) cited both factors. In addition, 65% believed that most poor people in the U.S. do work but were unable to earn enough money. Just 23% said the poor do not work.

    Democrats said by a 61% to 24% margin that circumstances beyond one person’s control were primarily to blame for them being poor. Republicans took the opposite view: 57% blamed individuals who were poor for lack of effort compared with 28% who said it was due to circumstances beyond their control."
    (PewResearchCenter 2013)

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 7, 2017 5:21 p.m.

    Hey there you go again -

    RE: "Let them eat... cake.

    Yes, that is his attitude, isn't it?

    And we all remember what happened to Marie Antionette, don't we?

    Apparently Chaffetz is not a student of history.

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    March 7, 2017 5:03 p.m.

    Jason...

    Thanks for adding another quote to a growing list of Jasonisms...

    What would I say to my daughter if I supported trump?

    Has morphed into...

    Let them eat... cake.

    Thanks Jason for your compassion.

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    March 7, 2017 4:24 p.m.

    @andyjaggy.
    Surprised you pay so much for healthcare. Didn't Obamacare make it "affordable" for you?

    I don't think Obamacare has been repealed or changed yet. Are saying it is actually not "affordable?" Are you saying the Republicans need to hurry up and fix it?

    BTW, Chaffetz did not vote for the Obamacare health insurance we have today.

    Can you more clearly explain your concern?

  • 65TossPowerTrap Salmon, ID
    March 7, 2017 3:57 p.m.

    That's odd - I never had to make that choice under Obamacare. Wake me up when politicians like this guy have to make those same decisions with their health care.

  • Janet Pete Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:41 p.m.

    Chris B - Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 1:14 p.m.

    "Jason is right in that I have no sympathy for any poor person who has spent hundreds of dollars on a phone and cries about not being able to afford groceries or health care."

    What makes you or Jason Chaffetz think poor people buy new iPhones? Many get used equipment, much like they buy used everything else including their TVs and cars. Also, they don't get two-year service plans. Rather they buy "minutes" and renew when they can afford it.

    There are too many assumptions about "lazy, poor people" when the far majority make due with what little they have. For example, my elderly mother still uses a standard flip phone. No smart phone for her and she piggy-backs off a relatives phone plan to keep her costs down. For her, going out to McDonald's and "sharing" a hamburger is dinner.

    Chaffetz lives in the Republican smoke and doesn't seem to understand reality. Like his town hall meetings, he stands on stage, smiles, and acts as if he can't wait to get back to Washington. One wonders what goes through his mind when the thought passes through that he is supposed to represent these people.

  • Tolstoy salt lake, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:36 p.m.

    The world must be such a simple place from way up so high Jason. Down here in the real world the lucky among us make the choice between healthcare or food and shelter. Sadly millions are not even that fortunate.

  • Rick for Truth Provo, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:29 p.m.

    Sorry Jason, it's much worse than that. I have to pay for 26 iPhones a year for Health Care, then I have to pay for another 7 iPhones before the insurance pays for anything! Stop this madness, jettison, destroy, Repeal, get rid of OBAMA care now, keep your Obama Care Lite, give me back the free market, get Government out of my health care. Do it, or you will not be re-elected!

  • Dragline Orem, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:29 p.m.

    We as a country have decisions to make as well as the individual: Expanded Medicaid or the F-35? Medicare or wars of choice? Social Security or tax breaks for the wealthy?

    If those with pre-existing conditions would quit giving to their social organizations or religious institutions then maybe there will be enough for healthcare, along with their iPhones. If we quit having kids then we can get healthcare for ourselves at a better price, and fewer doctor visits. Or just quit going to the doctor altogether and let nature take over, and get rid of our iPhones.

    There are more things than iPhones that we can give up for sure.

    But then, shouldn't those getting Medicare and Veterans healthcare also give up their iPhones before getting any more benefits?

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:28 p.m.

    Jason: Why is the US so regressive?
    How about healthcare for everyone, just like every other first world country on earth.
    An iPhone should be a choice, not healthcare.
    At some point the grownups will get back in office and maybe, if we're lucky, the US will finally get a single payer system so sick people can go to the doctor without fear of losing a home or declaring bankruptcy.
    Instead we have a president and congressional republicans who believe the United States needs more nuclear bombs and another huge boost in war spending.
    How is that moral? How is any of that moral or the right thing to do?
    Jason, I challenge you to do some soul searching.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 7, 2017 3:25 p.m.

    "Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Americans Tuesday morning that they'll soon have to choose between a new iPhone or better insurance."

    Except a new Iphone doesn't cost thousands of dollars yet, although they probably will after Trump's anti-capitalist initiatives ruin international trade.

    “ I believe in self-reliance.” – Jason Chaffetz

    What a bunch of Trump!

    Chaffetz believes in self-reliance for other people, but not for himself.

    You don’t see Chaffetz giving up the cushy health care plan offered to Congressmen, do you?

  • Fitness Freak Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:23 p.m.

    Unless/until "someone", be it Congress, and/or some sort of executive order comes that will effectively limit big pharma, and other healthcare providers to somewhere LESS than about a million bucks a year in compensation - Americans healthcare costs WILL get worse and worse.

    Don't be at all surprised if your healthcare costs become 90% of your take-home pay within 20 yrs.

    They CAN and WILL get it, if nothing is done.

    No easy fixes. Especially when various healthcare companies have the lobbying power that they have now.

  • Daedalus, Stephen ARVADA, CO
    March 7, 2017 3:21 p.m.

    My my, Rep. Chaffetz has taken off the training wheels, and taking Trump's deflection and distraction tactics down the drive way...all by himself!

    Accusations of a scandal bigger than Watergate?

    A GOP appointee committing perjury?

    Ever-widening, ever-deepening oil slick of Russian connections to Trump's family and administration?

    Sounds bad, right?

    But you know what is worse?

    At least for Chaffetz?

    Being asked to choose between America's and the GOP's interests.

    No problem!

    Just take a page from mentor Trump: throw some wholly unrelated slop out into the pig sty and count on the ensuing squealing and grunting to distract from the questions for which you have no legitimate answers. Then spend any lingering bits of the news cycle spinning some forced-grinned, insincere walk-backs and hope and pray that the spotlight moves on, without ever needing to provide an answer.

    Here Chaffetz reaches back to Reagan's 1980 "Welfare Queen" classic insinuation.

    Not the most original, but hey, if you lack sufficient creativity and believe your constituents won't notice, why not, right?

    Republicans are still searching for their rock bottom.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:14 p.m.

    "Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Americans Tuesday morning that they'll soon have to choose between a new iPhone or better insurance."

    Expect to have this repeated to you over and over and over again in 2018, Jason.

  • andyjaggy American Fork, UT
    March 7, 2017 3:07 p.m.

    I pay the equivalent of 12 iphones a year for my family's health insurance, and that's with my employer paying 50%. So really my insurance costs 24 iphones per year. Clearly my wife and I just need to sacrifice some of our iphones in order to better afford health insurance. (hint: neither of us have smartphones).

  • Open Minded Mormon Everett, 00
    March 7, 2017 2:59 p.m.

    monthly rates:
    AT&T -- landline = $32.99
    Cell phone = $ 9.99

    Mr. Chaffetz,
    If I was poor - I would STILL make the choice for the cell phone....

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 7, 2017 2:46 p.m.

    Dear Jason,

    It's 2017.
    No one has land-lines anymore.
    Not even the poor.

    Sincerely,
    1984

  • Husker1 Northern Utah County, UT
    March 7, 2017 2:35 p.m.

    Chaffetz is saying people need to live within their means. For some reason, many people find that offensive.

  • The Pug Life Lindon, UT
    March 7, 2017 2:18 p.m.

    And the news media (Herb Scribner) again returns to fomenting leftist discontent over something stupid said by Republicans...
    "Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Americans Tuesday morning that they'll soon have to choose between a new iPhone or better insurance." This is a really poor lead paragraph.
    It is a misrepresentation of what he was trying to convey. I understand what he means, and that is that the Republican health plan is intended to return personal choice and responsibility to the health insurance buyer. They will now need to make choices between alternatives. They will have to allocate their own resources. Sometimes hard choices will have to be made, but only a deluded person would conclude that he was saying that all Americans will have to choose between iPhones or health insurance.
    It's hard to take the news media seriously when they are constantly publishing hit pieces like this.

  • 1aggie SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    March 7, 2017 2:09 p.m.

    Some facts from the Supplemental Nutrition and Food Program (foodstamps):

    In 2015, the average SNAP client received a monthly benefit of $126.39, and the average household received $256.11 monthly.

    For instance, many Americans believe that the majority of SNAP benefits go towards people who could be working. In fact, more than half of SNAP recipients are children or the elderly. For the remaining working-age individuals, many of them are currently employed. At least forty percent of all SNAP beneficiaries live in a household with earnings. In fact, the majority of SNAP households do not receive cash welfare benefits (around 10% receive cash welfare), with increasing numbers of SNAP beneficiaries obtaining their primary source of income from employment.

  • pwlohse Dueren, 00
    March 7, 2017 2:01 p.m.

    American health insurance is really sick. I am a US cititzen living in Germany. We have a single payer system. The premiums depend solely upon income. There is no such thing as a pre-existing condition. Nearly everyone is insured, including long-term unemployed and people on welfare. We have American friends who have sent children to German relatives to receive medical treatment here. Funny thing was that they vote Republican.

  • fireonthemtn Reno, NV
    March 7, 2017 1:59 p.m.

    @TJ
    I agree with your general premise that we must practice fiscal responsibility.... unless, of course, your Donald Trump, and have the ability to stiff your creditors declaring bankruptcy, pay zero taxes(still waiting for those returns), and fly off to Florida every weekend to play golf on the taxpayers dime("I'll be so busy I won"t have time to golf"). We struggle to make ends meet and provide the best for our families, while the Tweeter-In-Chief tells us, "Do as I say, not as I do!"

  • RanchHand Huntsville, UT
    March 7, 2017 1:54 p.m.

    "...but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance,” he (Jason Chaffetz) said on Fox News."

    --- Says the man who gets his health insurance paid for by other people (taxpayers).

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 1:47 p.m.

    @TJ " If you choose to be lazy or to work at a low paying job because you are not motivated enough to improve your situation, you should still live within your income. "

    So I dare you TJ, go to the rust belt and tell one of the 50 year old guys who has lost his job through no fault of his own that he is lazy and unmotivated.

  • marxist Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 1:42 p.m.

    Just give us the same health plan you have, Jason

  • Vermonter Plymouth, MI
    March 7, 2017 1:41 p.m.

    Chaffetz, unfortunately, forgot political correctness and told the truth (not only about health care, but about life).

    For the vast majority of Americans (despite the fact that half the world's population will never come close to having the luxuries 99% of Americans have), we have to make choices about having the latest and greatest iPhone, car, kitchen, man-cave, you-name-it.

    As for single-payer, I have lived in countries that have it. It can be relatively inexpensive, but not always. Additionally, if you are older and/or have any specialized medical needs, there may or may not be a long waiting list, and the procedure you need may or may not be available in-country. Its not a bad system, just different. But, quality of life for older folks is generally poorer than what we have in the US. As the proponents of Obamacare have pointed out, countries with single-payer need to make financial choices about medical care toward the end of life. And, collectively, they do.

  • fireonthemtn Reno, NV
    March 7, 2017 1:39 p.m.

    Just more red meat for the MAGA red hat jingo patriots. Total disconnect with the families struggling to make ends meet in this day and age. Try leaving your ivory tower on occasion to see how the other half lives. Wow....

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 7, 2017 1:38 p.m.

    A politician who has the guts to be realistic and risk offending people. How refreshing. I am so sick of paying for my health insurance and for lazy peoples insurance also. I am for helping those who need help and can't take care of themselves but they are a small percentage of those who the government is purchasing insurance for. If you choose to be lazy or to work at a low paying job because you are not motivated enough to improve your situation, you should still live within your income. No one deserves more than they earn. Credit is much to easy to obtain when so many have no means or intention to pay it back. No one is entitled to have more than they can afford. Reality bites many thousands of people each day. Plan ahead and live responsibly if you don't want to be one of them.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 1:14 p.m.

    Jason is right in that I have no sympathy for any poor person who has spent hundreds of dollars on a phone and cries about not being able to afford groceries or health care.

    If any poor person has purchased iphone that costs hundreds of dollars - its clear why they are poor.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    March 7, 2017 12:57 p.m.

    Aren't there some connections to the Russians he's supposed to be looking into?
    In any case, I understand what he said but it was kind of a callous way to put it. Especially if you consider people for whom this is not a choice. No health care, no Iphone. Plus, isn't there a moral or ethical imperative associated with health care that makes it incomparable to a durable consumer item? I think so.
    Anyway, it sounds like he's since recanted, at least somewhat.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2017 12:56 p.m.

    As an owner of Apple and Verizon I hope Americans will choose the I-phone.

    Sick or healthy a person can enjoy their I-phone.

    It's the one toy that can make being sick fun.

  • Edgar Samaria, ID
    March 7, 2017 12:50 p.m.

    Why is it that in other countries of the world, where most have a single payer system, the average costs for healthcare breaks down like this:

    - In the U.S. Healthcare costs approximately $9450/person, the highest by far
    - The next Highest to U.S. is Switzerland with $6835/person
    - And the worldwide average is about $5000/person
    Source - Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 2015

    And the thing that the vast majority of the other countries have in common is that most of them are some sort of single payer system. Also the majority of those costs for other countries are heavily subsidized by the government.

    Isn't there something morally wrong with making healthcare a 'for profit' business? There is a difference between non-profit (everybody gets paid, some very well paid) and for profit (everyone gets paid, but profit to the shareholders is the primary goal.)

    What do you think?

  • kolob1 Sandy, UT
    March 7, 2017 12:49 p.m.

    The Republicans Healthcare is really Obamacare 201. Obama did all the work and readied the US for real health care. All the Republicans have done is redraw a few lines. Thanks Barrack. Healthcare without a mandatwe is will never work. It would be like having the requirement for auto insurance and then make it elective for all. Tax credits are worthless for Americans who can even afford food much less the medical insurance for starvation. Chaffetz should have said "would you rather have the health insurance we provide or would rather have health insurance that I get as your Representative?".

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 7, 2017 12:38 p.m.

    Trump [and therefore Jason Chaffetz] want to increase defense spending by ANOTHER $54 Billion.
    [Over the $597 Billion now being spent].

    Dear Jason,
    that $54 Billion would buy 180 Million new iphones -- that is more than 50% of the entire NATION,
    but that somehow fails to registrar with you?....

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 7, 2017 12:35 p.m.

    "the total cost of employer-sponsored PPO coverage for an average American family of four–is $25,826."

    From Forbes.

    Mr Chaffetz, If you consider that we spend significantly more than any other developed nation, don't you think that is more of an issue than buying a $700 phone?

    A good insurance policy for a family of 4 costs over $1500 per month in premiums. That is more than most peoples house payments.

    Nevermind. I am confident that this goes right over your head.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    March 7, 2017 12:28 p.m.

    Maybe someday Mr Chaffetz will say

    "Some of these Pharma, Insurance and healthcare CEO's may have to choose between a $30 million compensation package and their jobs"

  • Bored to the point of THIS! Ogden, UT
    March 7, 2017 12:20 p.m.

    Chaffetz knows best.

    Just ask him.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    March 7, 2017 12:08 p.m.

    You need history to understand health insurance. FDR instituted wage controls during WWII. Companies needed workers and couldn't pay higher wages due to the caps.

    But they COULD offer health insurance to employees. And so began the practice of employer-paid health insurance. It could have been car insurance or fire insurance. But it was health insurance.

    And by-and-by it became a "right" in the eyes of liberals.

    When you institutionalize health insurance it becomes expensive for all. There are other ways to take care of the poor without costing all of us much more.

    Jason's trying to put the expense of health insurance in perspective. But we all know people who don't have car insurance and don't save for retirement...I suppose expecting it'll all work out and Uncle Sam will pick up the pieces.

  • Selznik Saint George, UT
    March 7, 2017 12:06 p.m.

    Remember Utah, we bear responsibility for Jason Chaffetz.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    March 7, 2017 12:06 p.m.

    Dey could always get one of dem Bamafones.

  • olrascal Antioch, CA
    March 7, 2017 11:57 a.m.

    It's well past time that Jason Chaffetz and all of his comrades lose their golden health care plans and be put under the same health care that the foist off on the rest of society. Let's end that now!

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    March 7, 2017 11:56 a.m.

    Totally and completely disconnected from any reality.

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    March 7, 2017 11:48 a.m.

    The callousness of Chaffetz' statement is beyond comprehension. We're a nation of people, not a nation of haves and have nots. It's easy to see which side Chaffetz is on.

  • mcclark Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 11:42 a.m.

    Always nice to hear the financially comfortable arrogantly pontificate on matters they have never experienced.

  • Jim Chee Ka'anapali, HI
    March 7, 2017 11:32 a.m.

    A stupid comment in a long line of stupid comments.

    Jason Chaffetz doesn't realize that poverty can descend on anyone, particularly with a health crisis. He needs to realize that good healthcare is a right for all Americans, not the privileged few who can afford it. Also, basic cell services are not very expensive.

    Such comments are heartless and insensitive. For many people, a cell phone is their only link to the outside today. It's like those Republicans insisting that having a refrigerator, a television, an automobile, or a cell phone are luxuries and indicative that people should be able to afford health care by themselves. They see no need for a safety net. If people have fallen into poverty, too bad for them.

    Luckily, Chaffetz is not one of them. He is feeding at the government trough and is very comfortable, ready to pass judgment on those less fortunate than himself. One wonders if he as ever experience poverty as he shows absolutely no understanding of the condition. Rather is sounds like a entitled elitist who has never had a day he didn't have something to eat and a place to sleep.

  • milquetoasty Salt Lake City, UT
    March 7, 2017 11:31 a.m.

    How does Jason suggest people find employment in 2017 without a smartphone? Also, can't you buy an older generation iPhone (or other smartphone) for $100 - $300? That's a drop in the bucket compared to annual insurance premiums.

    I'm guessing he'd tell them to take public transportation to the nearest library to use a computer, which is wildly impractical and still doesn't give a potential employer the ability to call the person applying.

    I doubt very much that any employers are willing to overlook having no way to contact their employees, prospective or otherwise.

    It's more dog whistling about how poor people are automatically lazy free-loaders, just like Reagan's "welfare queens." It's a fantasy world where the middle class have been convinced by the ruling class that poor people have it better / easier than them. They get to do whatever they want while the middle class fights the poorer class instead of teaming up with them to get their fair share of the pie.

  • Ernest T. Bass Bountiful, UT
    March 7, 2017 11:27 a.m.

    Jason gets both, a smart phone and lifetime health insurance paid for by US taxpayers. Why on earth does Jason feel entitled while so many of his constituents can't go to the doctor when they're sick?
    Please Jason, answer why you get entitlements, when you want to take those same benefits away from those who are paying for your entitlements.

  • JBs Logan, UT
    March 7, 2017 11:21 a.m.

    How ridiculous and insensitive can he be? $50 a month is a lot of money, especially on minimum wage, or $10 an hour.

    Jason, you are completely out of touch.

    You believe in self-reliance? Give up your cushy, public-paid insurance and pay for you and your family out of your own pocket.

    You need to just stop talking until you have lived as most of the rest of us live.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 7, 2017 11:04 a.m.

    Yes Jason --
    Because we all know how poverty is a CHOICE.

    [$54 Billion over and above MORE for the military, screw the poor].

  • JMHO Kanab, UT
    March 7, 2017 10:59 a.m.

    It's funny people are getting on him. He's right, just not politically correct. Nobody wants to make choices, they want it given to them. Give me health care and I'll have extra money for X-Box, I-Phone and the like.
    Don't give me the story that someone is choosing between insurance and the car to get to their only job. Those people are taken care of already in the system. Let's not get more people on government welfare, let's get less.
    (and now let the attacks begin)

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    March 7, 2017 10:57 a.m.

    Chaffetz: Americans may have to choose between a new iPhone or health insurance

    ====

    Chaffetz: Americans may have to choose between a life or death

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    March 7, 2017 10:53 a.m.

    This- coming from a guy that gets government paid for healthcare AND a government paid for phone. The hypocrisy of this guy has no limits.

  • Whatever Springville, UT
    March 7, 2017 10:45 a.m.

    Maybe the insurance cost he was talking about was listed on the Y-axis, so he didn't know how to read it?

  • JLindow St George, UT
    March 7, 2017 10:20 a.m.

    Where can you get health insurance that costs as little as the monthly payment for a new iPhone? Does Chaffetz have the first clue how much health insurance costs?

    A better analogy would be choosing between the payments for the car you need to get to work or choosing healthcare.

    Or choosing between groceries and healthcare.