During a town hall event last week in New York City, Ocasio-Cortez said she opposes privatizing the VA when it already provides the “highest quality” of healthcare for veterans.
While years of reporting on the VA have raised numerous questions about the quality of care and service provided by the current system, Ocasio-Cortez argued that changes will only result in the health organizations obtaining new opportunities to profit.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “They are 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.”
Media Matters has this morning’s reaction from Fox & Friends host Pete Hegseth:
“This is a system that because it is run by the government and a bureaucracy, is fundamentally broken. By giving veterans a choice you create competition which raises the standards because now veterans get to compete for care.
“It’s not about the scare tactic of privatization. It’s about choice and empowering vets to get the best possible care. That’s the only good thing she said. They deserve the best care, then let’s get them the best care if they live next to it, doesn’t have to be a government run facility.
“She is a moron, I’m going to say it. No, especially on this issue, she is mindless moron who knows nothing of this topic, goes in front of government union groups, and says if it’s not broken don’t fix it. What an — she doesn’t know what she’s talking about.”
Because she opposes privatizing the VA, Pete Hegseth says @AOC “is a moron. I’m going to say it. No, especially on this — she is a mindless moron who knows nothing of this topic … what an idiot. She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.” pic.twitter.com/BUMvNFQomH
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 23, 2019