So this week the GOP unveiled _____Care, their utter mess of a plan to replace Obamacare, or for those who still don’t get it, the Affordable Care Act [ACA], and the goose-steppers are out in force trying to shove it down our throats.
But one goose-stepper, one out-of-touch goose-stepper, actually stepped in it.
When Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz appeared on CNN to champion the bill he claimed it will benefit everyone if people use their money responsibly:
“We’re getting rid of the individual mandate. We’re getting rid of those things that people said that they don’t want. And you know what, 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, maybe they should invest in their own health care.”
You don’t think the GOP is out of touch? Chaffetz believes an iPhone is the same price as healthcare and so it would be an easy swap from one to the other. But Twitter disagreed ...
Even more disturbing is that Chaffetz—who, let me remind you all, gets free healthcare paid for by We The People—says that the way the ACA subsidizes insurance makes people lazy and irresponsible, because they can buy luxuries and let the government pay for their essentials.
And to be clear, this is just the same kind of rhetoric employed by the GOP’s great leader, Ronald Reagan, that poor people, and especially poor minorities, are “welfare queens” who spend like crazy on so-called luxuries and then expect the government to give them more money.
But isn’t it funny that the real welfare queens seem to be those in public office, and in the GOP, who enjoy pensions for life and premiums, fewer protections, and millions of people getting kicked off their plans.
Ain’t that America ... in the eyes of the hyper-privileged, hyper-out-of-touch pricks like Jason Chaffetz?
And he’s not the only asshat; when Health and Human Service Secretary Tom Price was asked if Americans would have to choose between cell phones and health coverage under the proposed plan, he said Americans are already "having to sacrifice in order to purchase coverage."
Under Obamacare, more than 70% of enrollees found coverage for $75 or less in 2017, thanks to subsidies, but without that government assistance, the average cost of the cheapest plan available would be $311 a month.
Four times higher. And low-income enrollees would likely see their monthly premiums rise under the GOP plan because its tax credits are not tied to the cost of coverage and do not provide greater help to lower income Americans.
GOP; they are not the party of We The People.
Naturally, though, when the shiz hit the fan and people began calling for Jason Chaffetz to be voted from office—and let’s hope that happens soon—the little turd tried to walk back his statement, though he stood by his argument that Americans would need to better prioritize health care spending under the new plan:
"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. And they're going to have to make those decisions."
“Self reliance” says the man whose bills and healthcare are paid for by us ... until the good people of Utah wake up and vote him out of office.