Socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez struggled to answer on Wednesday night where she would get the money for her $42 trillion plan but suggested that the cost of the current system is being undercalculated because it is not factoring in the cost of funerals for people who die because they can’t afford healthcare.
“Medicare for all, college tuition, maybe even housing, that the green new deal that you have, it is all very expensive,” host Chris Cuomo said to Ocasio-Cortez. “Even in Bernie’s home state they got sticker shock. They couldn’t get it done in his state because of how expensive it is … that was too much for people. How do you pay? How do you sell it?”
“Well, first of all, the thing that we need to realize is people talk about the sticker shock of Medicare for All,” Ocasio-Cortez responded.
“They do not talk about the sticker shock of the cost of our existing system,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “You know, in a Koch brothers-funded study, if any study is going to try to be a little bit slanted it would be one funded by the Koch Brothers. It shows that Medicare for All is actually much more— is actually much cheaper than the current system that we pay right now,” Ocasio-Cortez continued.
“And we’re also not talking about why aren’t we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who die because they can’t afford access to health care,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “That is part of the cost of our system.”