On Thursday, Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who has previously suggested low-income Americans pay for healthcare by not buying iPhones, rolled into Congress on a scooter following a foot surgery procedure he initially claimed would require 3 to 4 weeks of recovery time. Chaffetz was one of 217 House Republicans that voted in favor of the American Health Care Act to replace the Affordable Care Act.
The AHCA will cut $800 billion from Medicaid funding, incur additional costs for sexual assault survivors, defund Planned Parenthood and all women’s health organizations that offer abortion, deny 24 million Americans access to health insurance, offer a huge tax cut to the wealthy while costing sick and old Americans more, and could cost millions of Americans with preexisting conditions their healthcare.
In light of Chaffetz’s vote on Thursday, it’s worth noting that his ankle and foot injuries would qualify as a preexisting condition under the AHCA, and this would technically allow his health insurer to deny him care.
The irony and hypocrisy of Chaffetz’s actions have not been lost on Twitter users, who have been quick to poke fun of his willingness to deny millions of Americans the healthcare that he just received, and the fact that he would cut short his recovery time just to vote in favor of a bill that could ultimately cost many Americans their lives.
Jason Chaffetz, fresh from surgery FOR A PREEXISTING CONDITION, en route to sign death warrant for disabled children. pic.twitter.com/kHtrZc3YY7
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) May 4, 2017
On my way to ensure that your girl dies of ovarian cancer. pic.twitter.com/paamRS9loa
— crisp mattman (@cushbomb) May 4, 2017
Chaffetz is all smiles as he scoots back from a fully-insured surgery to repeal health coverage for millions. pic.twitter.com/XrM8DSQXO2
— Ben Marter (@BenMarter) May 4, 2017
Last month, Chaffetz declared that he would not be seeking reelection.
The American Health Care Act still awaits a vote in the Senate.
Featured image via Twitter