GOP wants to be iPhone party, senator says

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 Alexander (R-Tenn.) conveyed Saturday in this week’s Republican address.

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“Republicans want to enable you. We want to be the iPhone party. We believe government ought to be a platform that gives you opportunity and freedom to create a happier, more prosperous, and safer life,” Alexander said, drawing a sharp contrast between Republican and Democrat approaches to government. 

“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.