By Erik Wasson
Republicans want government to work like an iPhone while Democrats want to use government to tell you what to do.
That’s the message Sen. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderGOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump Overnight Healthcare: Mysterious new Zika case | Mental health bill in doubt | Teletraining to fight opioids Hopes dim for mental health deal MORE (R-Tenn.) conveyed Saturday in this week’s Republican address.
“Just imagine if instead of mandating things for you to do, your government became a platform, just like your iPhone, enabling you to create a happier, safer, more prosperous life,” he added.
The Tennessee lawmaker said examples of an iPhone government include one that uses more school vouchers and that block grant Medicaid to states giving them more choice in how to run the program.
He also said that in contrast, Democrats want “fixed wages and more lawsuits.”
“Health care provides the most glaring difference between Republican enablers and Democrat mandators,” Alexander said. “Too often, Obamacare cancels the policy you wanted to keep and tells you what policy to buy, even if it costs more and even if it restricts your choices of doctors and hospitals.”
“Republicans believe that freedom and more choices will empower you to find a policy that fits your needs and your budget,” he said.