If you want a preview of what government-run healthcare would really look like if Medicare-for-All is ever implemented, just take a long look at the VA. Only an idiot would think the system isn’t broken when even the leftist media acknowledges how poorly our veterans are treated as a result of being stuck in a system that betrays them daily. Only an idiot… like Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Of all the things she could ever choose to praise for being efficient and invoking the phrase, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the VA shouldn’t be it. As CNN noted in 2014, at least 40 veterans died while waiting for health services through the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system. When CNN is willing to acknowledge a problem within a system, you know the problem has grown beyond their ability to keep the people uninformed.
But that did not dissuade AOC from saying some of the dumbest things she’s ever said, which is saying a lot.
“The idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimized, tinkered with until you don’t even recognize it anymore,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Here’s the thing, they are trying to fix it, but who are they trying to fix it for is the question we’ve got to ask. They’re trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they’re trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations, and ultimately they’re trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans first.”
This level of idiocy is hard to believe. Thankfully, there’s video.
On the surface, this seems like a very odd move for a politician who is known for attacking pretty much everything. When something is so obviously broken, it doesn’t behoove a politician to try to pretend like everything’s okay. But if we dig beneath the surface, we’ll see exactly why she’s willing to play devil’s advocate against common sense and rational thought on this issue.
The care the VA offers is very similar to the care the government will offer to everyone if Medicare-for-All is implemented. It’s designed to be overburdened because there’s simply not enough money to handle proper medical treatment within a vibrant healthcare system. That’s how the VA operates. It’s how single-payer systems operate around the world. It’s how the American healthcare system will operate if Medicare-for-All is ever allowed to be implemented here.
Fact check: Confirmed. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez believes the VA system works just fine. It reinforces her premise that the government should fully control healthcare. Lord help us if her dreams are ever realized in practice.