I cannot speak for you, family members, friends, or co-workers, but that’s an easy choice to make if your health is good, and probably a difficult choice to make if you need health care now. GOP congressman Jason Chaffetz stuck his foot in it, quickly removed said foot, but ignited yet another daily firestorm of mismatched priorities (his, and everyone else).
It’s Not Either Or
We live in complicated times and issues are sufficiently complex that simple solutions that work for everyone are in short supply. Health care is but one of many and it’s unfortunate that too many of these important issues are responded to emotionally, rather than with pragmatic compromise to the benefit of all involved. And we’re all involved.
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 spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.
I understand the sentiment. In a perfect world we would all take good care of ourselves and never have health care issues, and we could all own a jet black iPhone 7 Plus. Apple knows that’s not a reality and we have to understand there is no health care plan that cares for everyone. Except in those countries that provide better health care for their citizens than we do in the U.S. But their iPhones probably cost more, so there’s that.
Again, I understand the sentiment. Which costs more? Good healthcare insurance? Or, an iPhone tied to a monthly cell phone bill? As the Knight in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade said, “Choose wisely.”
Health care in the good old U.S. of A. is more expensive than in most countries for similar care. And, the iPhone is the most expensive of the premium smartphones. Which do you want? Good health care insurance? Or, a good smartphone? Both? Neither?
‘Oh the terrible tangled webs we weave when first we practice to deceive‘ with false comparisons. Why not compare the price of health care to the price of a car?
Sell your car and take the bus so you can afford health insurance.
Why not compare health care to where you live?
If you can’t afford good health care, then you should find a less expensive place to live.
Alright, those are false comparisons, too, because, unlike transportation or a place to live, the iPhone isn’t a necessity, right? Right? That must mean that health insurance is a necessity, and I’ll go along with that, but unlike an iPhone which is an affordable luxury, health insurance is not always an affordable necessity. It’s more complicated than even President Trump thinks it is.
In most locales in the U.S., minimum wage jobs don’t pay enough to cover housing and food, let alone a car or an iPhone, yet the economic system is structured in such a way that it’s easier for citizens in such a position to obtain an iPhone than it is to obtain good, affordable health insurance. Guess which gets chosen first?
That system is not Apple’s fault, but the iPhone maker plays a part. It’s not the fault of those who are poor and work minimum wage or low wage jobs, either. The system is created and managed by those who are voted into office, often by those who can least afford the policies those same politicians implement that help themselves more than those who voted for them.
Chaffetz (later in the day):
What we’re trying to say — and maybe I didn’t say it as smoothly as I possibly could — but people need to make a conscious choice and I believe in self-reliance. And they’re going to have to make those decisions.
By this time next year I expect my health care coverage insurance will be more expensive. Just like the iPhone 8.