Healthcare or iPhone? GOP lawmaker goes on live TV and says you should choose.

Key elements of the GOP’s long-awaited Obamacare replacement plan have dribbled out this week, and it’s the utter mess you expected. Now Republican lawmakers have the insurmountable task of trying to sell a bogus bill to the American people, and that’s not going very well either.

Early Tuesday morning, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) went on CNN’s “New Day” and made this stunning argument:

“And so maybe, rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to spend hundreds of dollars on, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.”

The new bill Chaffetz is pushing would do away with subsidies to help people purchase insurance, and by all estimates, would push millions of Americans off of their health care.

But sure, iPhones — they’re the real culprits here.

Chaffetz swung by Fox News later in the morning to do some damage control:

“What we’re trying to say, and maybe I didn’t say as smoothly as I possibly could, but people need to make a conscious choice, and I believe in self-reliance,” he said.

“And they’re going to have to make those decisions. We want people to have access to an affordable healthcare product.”

Well, if the straight white guy from Utah believes in self-reliance, it must work for everyone in America.

Let’s just hope people take those “conscious choices” with them to the ballot box in two years so we can start to steer this ship back to port.