During a town hall event in Springfield, Ohio this Tuesday, Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) took a question from a mother whose son has benefitted from the Affordable Care Act. When she expressed her worry about Republicans repealing the ACA, Davidson simply told her that her son should find a better job.
The woman explained that her son went without health insurance for four years before finally getting insured through the ACA.
“Can you explain why my son and millions of others in his situation are not deserving of affordable, decent health care that has essential benefits so that he can stay healthy and continue working?” she asked.
According to Davidson, a solution for her son would be to simply find a job that offered health benefits.
I don’t know anything about your son, but as you described him, his skills are focused in an industry that doesn’t have the kind of options that you want him to have for health care. So, I don’t believe that these taxpayers here are entitled to give that to him. I believe he’s got the opportunity to go earn those health benefits,” Davidson responded to a chorus of boos from the crowd.
“If he doesn’t want a catastrophic care plan, don’t buy a catastrophic care plan. If you don’t want a flip-phone, don’t buy a flip-phone,” Davidson added to more boos.
“I’m sorry, health care is much different than a cell phone and I’m tired of people using cell phone analogies with health care,” the woman responded.
The woman’s cellphone reference is in regards to remarks by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who said in March that people should not buy iPhones if they want to be able to afford health insurance.
Watch the video below (it starts at the 37:00 mark):