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GOP congressman: Low-income people must choose iPhone or healthcare

Rep. Jason Chaffetz spoke in a CNN interview Tuesday. He said low-income Americans would need to decide between healthcare and a 'new iPhone.' (Source: CNN) Rep. Jason Chaffetz spoke in a CNN interview Tuesday. He said low-income Americans would need to decide between healthcare and a 'new iPhone.' (Source: CNN)

(RNN) - A Republican congressman on Tuesday defended the GOP bill that would replace Obamacare, but he admitted people would likely lose coverage.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-UT, in a CNN interview responded to a question on the difference between "access" and "coverage" for low-income people by saying they would need to decide between insurance and gadgets.  

"Americans have choices, and they've got to make a choice," Chaffetz said. "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 it in their own healthcare. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves."

He said GOP lawmakers were doing what they had pledged to do in repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, and pointed specifically to the individual mandate that taxes people who don't have insurance. He also admitted that while there may be more access to health insurance, there may be less coverage for Americans.

Chaffetz: "We do think we can expand the coverage so that people have access to a quality healthcare product that they want."

Q: "More access, but possibly less coverage? That might be the byproduct?"

Chaffetz: "Well, yes."

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