Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) took aim at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) for linking apps on the Apple Watch to why Obamacare should be repealed.
While bashing Obamacare on Thursday, Bush predicted that in a few years the Apple Watch would offer apps that “allow me to manage my healthcare in ways that five years ago were not even possible.”
Bush added that “it will be able to guide our healthcare decisions in a way that make us health and ultimately, we have to get to a health system, away from a disease system.”
On Friday, Wasserman Schultz shot back at Bush’s comments.
.@jebbush I had cancer. There’s no app for that.
— D Wasserman Schultz (@DWStweets) May 15, 2015
See the video of Bush below:
To be clear, Bush did not say that Apple Watches should replace Obamacare. But as Sarah Kliff notes, Bush’s comments are peculiar for how he described how the watch will help people stay healthy. Bush said there would be an app that monitors people’s blood sugar closely.
Currently, healthcare providers do that. To get that, one needs health insurance. But the best data available shows that if Obamacare were repealed, that would reduce access to health insurance and likely would reduce access to the type of heart-monitoring program that Bush described. So, ironically, Bush is describing an app that would probably be more effective in a world where Obamacare were in place.