Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz came under fire as heartless Tuesday after the said that along with the repeal of Obamacare, Americans will need to prioritize their spending.
"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 in their own healthcare," Chaffetz told CNN.
That brought out a wave of criticism.
Chaffetz later Tuesday told Fox News he did not make the statement as smoothly as he should have, but added "people need to make a conscious choice, and I believe in self-reliance."
It turns out, however, Chaffetz is not the first politician to say people should prioritize their spending to ensure they have health insurance. Then-President Barack Obama made almost the same comparison during a Spanish-language town hall event March 6, 2014.
At the event, a note was read by one person who said, "Mr. President, I make about $36,000 a year. The minimum here is about $315 a month. That's just too much for me. A lot's been said about the costs and for families who live paycheck to paycheck; $315, it's a lot of money."
Obama responded: "I guess what I would say is if you looked at that person's budget, and you looked at their cable bill, their cell phone bill, other things that they're spending on, it may turn out that it's just they haven't prioritized healthcare, because right now everybody's healthy. Nobody actually wants to spend money on health insurance until they get sick."
Conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh defended Chaffetz on his show, saying Obama did not receive the same ire because he supports the liberal agenda.
"Obama can do anything else he wants!" Limbaugh said. "He's a great guy of because gay rights, gay marriage, transgender rights, human rights. Obama is god, and he can do anything!"
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