GOP rep: I want people to have both iPhones and healthcare

Rep. Michael BurgessMichael Clifton BurgessTwitter’s Dorsey apologizes to McCain family for ‘unacceptable’ tweet Overnight Health Care: Trump officials move to expand non-ObamaCare plans | GOP fails to block DC individual mandate | Ebola returns to Congo Republican chairman wants FTC to review mergers of drug price negotiators MORE (R-Texas) says Americans will have no trouble affording both a new iPhone and their health insurance, downplaying criticism of a fellow Republican's statement a day earlier.

“I want them to have both,” Burgess told host Alisyn Camerota on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday, when asked about Rep. Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzMatt Schlapp: Trump's policies on Russia 'two or three times tougher than anything' under Obama Tucker Carlson: Ruling class cares more about foreigners than their own people Fox's Kennedy chides Chaffetz on child migrants: 'I’m sure these mini rapists all have bombs strapped to their chests' MORE's (R-Utah) comments that some may have to choose between a new iPhone and healthcare.

"The key is we can have both. People will have options. People will have choices that they can make,” he added.

“There is the concept of tax credits that are going to be debated. In the future of healthcare, an iPhone may be an integral part of your ability to interact with your doc.”


Chaffetz on Tuesday said Americans may have to choose between buying a new iPhone and purchasing their health insurance.

“You know what, Americans have choices. And they’ve got to make a choice,” he said on CNN’s “New Day."

“And so maybe, rather than getting a new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare,” the House Oversight Committee chairman added.

Chaffetz’s remarks came one day after House Republican leadership rolled out two new measures aimed at repealing and replacing ObamaCare after weeks of anticipation. The legislation, known as the American Health Care Act, would create a tax credit system aimed at incentivizing individuals to purchase health insurance.

Chaffetz later Tuesday clarified his initial remarks, arguing “we want people to have access to an affordable healthcare product” first and foremost.

“What we’re trying to say, and maybe I didn’t say as smoothly as I possibly could, but people need to make a conscious choice, and I believe in self-reliance,” he said on Fox News. "And they’re going to have to make those decisions."