I think it's easy for people to forget where they came from. For example, I often wonder: How can Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, both men whose parents were Cuban refugees, be so strongly opposed to refugees? How can they support Trump building a wall on the border between the US and Mexico? While everyone has their own reasons for their political views, sometimes it just baffles me.
You have to employ a certain kind of mental gymnastics to justify being that hypocritical, but there are some instances that are a little more clear cut than others.
Like in the case of Utah congressman and House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz when he tried to defend the GOP's new Healthcare Plan that's slated to replace the Affordable Care Act.
The most interesting part of Chaffetz's interview was his response when asked how the new insurance rate hikes would affect poor people.
“We’re getting rid of the individual mandate. We’re getting rid of those things that people said that they don’t want,” he said. “And you know what? Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice and so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest it in their own healthcare. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves.”
It's worth noting that Chaffetz has his own health insurance funded by our tax dollars and he collects a $174,000 a year salary to serve his constituents.
AHA is coming under fire for offering better financial incentives for wealthier citizens while opening the door to increased rate hikes for poor citizens. Also, if you have a pre-existing condition and there's a lapse in your coverage, guess who's footing the bill for that? You are.
People thought it was kind of crazy for Chaffetz to tell people not to spend anywhere from $200-$600 on subsidized iPhones, like that would be enough to cover their healthcare costs.
Others just thought the comment made him look like a total insensitive idiot.
Others immediately flocked to photoshop.
While others just had jokes.
And this tweet pretty much sums up everything that's wrong with what Chaffetz said.
All of this leaves with me with one major question: How did someone with these views get elected?