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Mark Meckler: Jeb's Apple Watch Remedy for ACA Needs Repair

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 05:35 PM

An Apple (Watch) a day will not keep the doctor away or fix the deficiencies of the Affordable Care Act, say two political observers who are calling time out on Jeb Bush's idea that a wearable health app could replace Obamacare.

The comments last week from Bush were "inartful" and "out of touch," Mark Meckler, president of Citizens for Self-Governance and a founder of the Tea Party Patriots, told "Newsmax Now" hosts Miranda Khan and John Bachman on Newsmax TV on Monday.

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"I don't think he addressed Obamacare head-on," Meckler said of the former Florida governor and undeclared Republican presidential candidate. "Pointing to an Apple Watch is really out of touch with the problems of most Americans, and so it was inartful."

Bush, on the defensive last week for seeming blindsided by an Iraq war question, called for repeal of the ACA on Thursday during a chat at an Arizona brewery.

He then pointed to the new Apple watch on his wrist as the future of medicine, Bloomberg reported.

"On this device in five years will be applications that will allow me to manage my healthcare in ways that five years ago were not even possible," said Bush.

"I'll get a double beep saying, 'You just ate a butterscotch sundae' or something like that. 'You went way over the top. You're a diabetic; you can't do that' — whatever, we'll be able to guide our own healthcare decisions in a way that will make us healthy," he said.

"Ultimately, we have to get to a health system, away from a disease system," Bush concluded.

The remarks left even some conservatives scratching their heads.

"A diabetic doesn't need a watch to know an ice cream sundae isn't a smart dietary choice," wrote Dan Riehl at Breitbart, quipping that Bush's much-discussed Paleo diet might be impairing his political judgment.

Riehl noted that Bush also left himself "wide open" to mockery from a political opponent: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee.

Meckler said Wasserman Schultz is "the least credible person on the left today," the politician who used a domestic violence image to criticize another GOP presidential prospect, Scott Walker.

"She just shouldn't have a credible place in American political dialogue today," said Meckler. "But Jeb was inartful."

Michael Barnes, a Washington, D.C., lawyer and health law and policy expert, said that Bush so far is "poorly prepared, and he has no message discipline."

"If he wants to talk about the Affordable Care Act, which is a policy matter, he needs to talk about the policies and then perhaps he can incorporate technology as a part of that," said Barnes.

"But to refer just to technology as an alternative to a policy, without suggesting what would be in place of the current Affordable Care Act, it was a really bad move on his part and shows that he's got a lot more homework to do," he said.

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