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Rep. Jason Chaffetz tells lower-income Americans to make a choice between their iPhone and health care

When it comes to health care, Republicans want the American people to have choices. That privilege comes with a dose of responsibility, though, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Tuesday on CNN's New Day.

Responding to host Alisyn Camerota's challenge that "access for lower-income Americans doesn't equal coverage," Chaffetz explained that "Americans have choices, and they've got to make a choice."

For example: "Maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and want to go spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest [that money] in their own health care," Chaffetz said.

Many people were unimpressed by his pitch. "This proves how disconnected from reality Chaffetz is," one Twitter user wrote. "Maybe I shouldn't invest in food and clothing, only health care!"

"So instead of guaranteed access to health insurance, the [Affordable Care Act] replacement will feature guys like Chaffetz shaming low-income Americans," said another. Jeva Lange