Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, said Wednesday that people will be able to have both their iPhone and a healthcare plan under the new Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"I want them to have both, because you know, in the future of healthcare, an iPhone may be an integral part of your ability to interact with your doc," he said on CNN.
Burgess was asked about the hypothetical choice because a day earlier, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, made waves by suggesting that people will have to make decisions on their own about how to prioritize their spending in order to afford healthcare. He said in theory, it could come down to a choice between health coverage and the latest technological gizmo.
"Americans have choices, and they've gotta make a choice," he said Tuesday.
"And so, maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest it in their own healthcare. They've gotta make those decisions themselves," he added.
Burgess said the GOP plan would still provide assistance to low-income people who may not be able to afford a plan, as well as tax credits for others.
"People will have options. People will have choices that they can make," he said.
"My goal is to put it so we can trust the American people rather than trusting the government," he said.