RUSH: Jason Chaffetz stepped into it yesterday, and I’m gonna defend him. I know exactly what he was talking about. He may not know what he was talking about, but I do.
Did you hear what he said? (interruption) He said (paraphrased), “It’s about time people decide, you know, what’s more important to you. Do you want to go out and spend all that money on a new iPhone, or do you want health insurance?” And of course the predictable reaction, “Republican heartless SOB! He’s just hates people.” And, of course, that’s not Jason Chaffetz at all. It turns out that there is recently released economic data from massive surveys that is stunning.
It is that over half of the people in this country could not write a $500 check if they had to. They don’t have it. They would have to put it on a credit card. The same survey says that the vast majority of people would just as soon spend that money on an iPhone as on health care. So he was exactly right. But since nobody knows the survey, they think he’s a typical mean-spirited Republican reprobate, and he’s not.