On Thursday, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush made a stop in Arizona to talk about healthcare reform. During his speech, Bush spoke out against Obamacare, suggesting that it should be repealed. In its place, Bush thinks it would be a great idea for people to get expensive gadgets like the Apple Watch to monitor their health instead.
“I think we should repeal Obamacare if given the opportunity, and replace it with a consumer-directed model where people are engaged in making healthier decisions for themselves and where they are given the tools to do so.”
Here’s a video of Bush’s speech, courtesy of 12 News:
Pointing to the Apple Watch on his wrist, which sells for $349 at its lowest price, Bush continued, “On this device, in five years, will be applications that will allow me to manage my healthcare in ways that, five years ago, were not even possible.”
Bush explained how such an application might work by using a person with diabetes as an example:
“I’ll have the ability, someone will, you know, because of my blood sugar, there’ll be a wireless, there’ll be, someone will send me a signal. It’ll come here, I’ll get a double beep saying, ‘You just ate a butterscotch sundae’ or something like that. ‘You went way over the top. You’re a diabetic, you can’t do that,’ whatever.”
Jeb added that, “Ultimately, we have to get to a health system, away from a disease system.”
The link Jeb is trying to make between Obamacare and the Apple Watch is a strange one, and one that doesn’t work. Viewers were quick to criticize the suggestion that a pricey wearable device could replace a program that has brought affordable healthcare to millions of Americans. Among the responses to Bush’s speech, the most notable one came from DNC chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), who fired back at the GOPer on Friday morning:
Schultz has a point. To think that wearable tech can stand in for a medical professional’s opinion and an affordable healthcare program is a horrifically flawed mindset. For example, if the device’s user breaks a bone, they will still need to go to a hospital – where they will still need affordable health care coverage to receive treatment. And by affordable healthcare coverage, we mean the very thing that Obamacare has given countless families access to. The fact that Jeb and his fellow Republicans have been working so hard to repeal a program that greatly benefits so many Americans proves just how out of touch the GOP is.
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