Democrats and their media enablers have spent the last two days feigning outrage over Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s completely innocuous iPhone vs. healthcare comment, with one hyperventilating twit even suggesting that the comment shows the “GOP is literally willing to let poor people die because they think they’re greedy.” The congressman’s blinkered critics, however, overlook the fact that a certain former president and liberal hero made virtually the same argument at a town hall meeting in 2014.
The Washington Post’s Philip Bump wrote that Chaffetz’s comment “revives the ‘poverty is a choice’ argument.” Meanwhile, Slate declared: “GOP’s most embarrassing Congressman strikes again” while Yahoo News went so far as to break down the exact cost of an iPhone, both for a Verizon contract and an AT&T contract, to compare the cost to health insurance.
Yet left unsaid was that Obama made similar comments in 2014. In a town hall meeting with Spanish-language outlets, Obama was asked about a man who had written in saying he still couldn’t afford insurance.
In a lengthy answer, Obama speculated about someone making $40,000-$50,000 a year, who thinks an insurance option that costs $300 a month is too much.
“I guess what I would say is if you looked at that person’s budget and you looked at their cable bill, their telephone … cell phone bill, other things that they’re spending on, it may turn out that they just haven’t prioritized health care because right now everybody is healthy,” he said.
“Nobody actually wants to spend money on health insurance until they get sick,” he added.