Florida Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz took a swing at Jeb Bush today over his remarks about the Apple watch being part of an alternative to Obamacare.
“I had cancer,” the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee wrote in a tweet. “There’s no app for that.”
Jeb Bush’s apple-a-day plan
After years of uncertainty about the Republican replacement for Obamacare, Jeb Bush revealed part of it during a speech Thursday in Tempe, Arizona.
While stopping at a brewery, Bush touted the potential health application for his new Apple watch:
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. I’ll have the ability, someone will, you know, because of my blood sugar, … 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, we’ll be able to guide our own healthcare decisions in a way that will make us healthy. Ultimately, we have to get to a health system, away from a disease system.
Health care apps already existed for smartphones; the only thing special about Apple’s watch is that it has the Apple name attached to it. While it’s an inspired plea to the techie in us all, suggesting the Apple watch — which runs about $600 — can replace health insurance is so cruel and clueless, it might just make up for his Iraq comments in the eyes of the Republican base.
There’s no app for GOP stupid
Representative Wasserman Schultz wasn’t amused by Bush’s remarks, and slammed the Republican presidential nominee on Twitter:
.@jebbush I had cancer. There’s no app for that.
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) May 15, 2015
Wasserman Schultz is a breast cancer survivor, and was a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act. She introduced a law intended to promote breast cancer education for women under 40, called the EARLY act. It was signed along side the Affordable Care Act in 2010.
Perhaps in the future an app for cancer will exist. Hyperspectral polarized light has met with some success in detecting certain, non-melanoma skin cancers. But there will never, ever be an app to fix GOP stupid.
Feature image screen capture from Twitter