Jason Chaffetz wants working stiffs to sacrifice their iPhone to get healthcare. His phone bills are paid by wealthy donors.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) is having a bad day, and it’s about to get even worse.

Chaffetz is currently enduring a firestorm of criticism after suggesting on CNN that the reason poor Americans don’t buy healthcare is because they keep buying new iPhones. Now, with Chaffetz under the microscope, investigative journalist Lee Fang learned through campaign finance documents that Chaffetz doesn’t even pay his own phone bills: they’re funded by wealthy donors.

Fang linked to Federal Election Commission documents which show Chaffetz used PAC money to pay $1,000 worth of Verizon bills from May-July of 2014. Fang also noted that $738 of campaign donor’s money was spent at an Apple Store.

“You know what, Americans have choices, and they’ve got to make a choice,” Chaffetz said on CNN Tuesday morning. “And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own health care.”

In the current job market, many employers require workers to have a smartphone.

The average monthly premium for an American individual health care plan is about $235 a month. The price of an iPhone 7 purchased via wireless carrier – if paid in monthly installments – is $27 a month.

Some of Chaffetz’s campaign donors include such corporations as Goldman Sachs and Pfizer, Inc.

According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the average premium for an individual health care plan in the United States is just over $235 per month. Buying an iPhone 7 through a wireless carrier and paying for it in installments over a two-year period costs $27 per month.


Nathan Wellman is a Los Angeles-based journalist, author, and playwright. His less-political Youtube channel can be found hereFollow him on Twitter: @LightningWOW