Socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) made stunning remarks last week at a town hall in New York City, claiming that the broken healthcare system at the Department of Veterans Affairs provides “Cadillac first-class health care” to veterans.
In a video clip flagged by The Washington Free Beacon’s Brent Scher, Ocasio-Cortez praised the VA healthcare system, saying: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“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.”
“We have a responsibility to protect it, because if it is any community that deserves Cadillac first-class healthcare in the United States of America it is our military service members,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
The problems with the VA healthcare system have been widely reported on in recent years. One notable story about the horrors veterans face in the VA healthcare system came in 2014, when CNN reported that “at least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.”
“The agency has been beset by complaints of retaliation against whistleblowers, a scandal involving overprescription of pain medication and the routine awarding of millions of dollars worth of employee bonuses funded by taxpayers,” The Washington Times added.
President Donald Trump fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin 13 months ago and the position is currently held by Acting Secretary Robert Wilkie.