Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) once said:
‘Health care must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the health care they need regardless of their income. The only long-term solution to America’s health care crisis is a single-payer national health care program.’
Sen. Sanders is right. He has never said that solution to a universal health care system is going to be easy. If it were easy, former President Obama wouldn’t have been the first President to successfully implement a program that makes provisions for all Americans to have coverage.
However, by acknowledging that health care is a right not a privilege, Sen. Sanders confirms what many Republicans would rather not admit: that presently, the quality of health care like so many other things in America, is determined by one’s socio-economic status. That’s not okay, and it’s also not okay for any elected official to flippantly remark about the struggles so many citizens endure related to their medical needs. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) doesn’t care, though, based on his latest statements.
The outrageous costs of even the newest mobile devices are paid in monthly installments of as little as $27/month. However, Chaffetz in his elite, privileged, and infinite wisdom feels that poor people, like everyone else have choices. In the world according to Jason Chaffetz those choices mean that poor people may soon need to be more responsible in their spending, claiming that right now they are choosing the newest iPhone over health care.
One day after the GOP released its plan to replace ObamaCare, Chaffetz went on CNN to make some highly charged comments. As if Americans just walk around each day choosing cell phones over medical needs, Chaffetz insensitively remarked:
‘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 spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.’
With those words, Chaffetz made it crystal clear why Sen. Sanders had to inform people like Chaffetz that health care is a right.
The iPhone that Chaffetz seems to think poor people choose over their medical needs is a privilege, one that people who have to make that and other difficult choices, know all too well – despite the fact that the new iPhone is $30/month ($360/year) in comparison to the cost of health care per year being 60 times the cost of the phone.
Maybe Chaffetz should live poor for a day to learn firsthand the difficult choices that have to be made.
To hear Chaffetz’s cold-hearted remarks, watch below:
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