"Americans have choices, and they've got to make a choice. So rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and 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 added.
I don't see anything wrong with that.
One of the counter-arguments to the so-called 'ObamaPhone' nonsense was that these days, you need a phone number for just about anything, including filing at Job Service. Wire phones, like pay phones, are rapidly becoming a thing of the past, and like it or not, cell phones are the main means of communication these days.
Sidenote: The 'ObamaPhone' thing, wherein the 'conservatives' were vaporlocking over welfare recipients being given free phones and free phone service, is another myth. And, one that doesn't take much effort to debunk. But why would you want to debunk it, when it just sounds so good, and it's something else to rant and rave about. BTW ... the 'Lifeline' program, which is what the 'ObamaPhone' thing really is ... was created by Ronald Reagan and the 99th Congress.
Chaffetz isn't proposing 'no phones' as a modern version of 'Let 'em eat cake.' He is simply stating that maybe that iPhone 7 isn't such a good idea for those people whose income isn't all that an a bag of chips. A more basic phone, for basic communication, is a more pragmatic solution.
Chaffetz and I are in agreeance, at least on this little bit. Why should I fund Joe Burgerflipper's iPhone 7 indirectly by paying for his insurance? Mr. Burgerflipper needs to resist his need for material gratification, and cancel his kids' phones and lower his sights a bit on his own phone.
Joe Burgerflipper needs to make that decision himself, not let the government do it for him. One or the other. Health insurance for himself, Mrs. Burgerflipper, and the Burgerflipper kids ... or nice new iPhones all around. His choice.
What a concept.