Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) is at it once again.
This time, she’s being outright offensive America’s veterans.
The newest AOC disaster started during a recent Town Hall event in New York and spilled over onto Twitter afterward. Attendants blasted the Left-leaning Democrat for failing to do more to fix the state’s deeply broken Veteran’s Assistance (VA) system.
But AOC? She just disagreed in an argumentative rant about how the VA is already perfect. Apparently, she doesn’t even believe veterans have a right to complain.
Someone ought to tell her quite a few veterans disagree…
It’s bad enough that AOC wants to get rid of most of the military and call it a day. But to turn your back on veterans is unthinkable.
- The first ridiculous statement happened at the Town Hall. Responding to a member of the public who asked her to give her thoughts on the GOP’s suggested plan to privatize the VA altogether, she said,“All I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always taught me growing up, is that: ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
- After the Town Hall ended, she took to Twitter in a disastrous attempt to explain her reasoning. “I rep one of the strongest concentrations of veterans in NYC,” she writes. “The Bronx VA provides excellent care and community for our vets, who sing its praises.”
- Yet somehow, despite AOC’s confusing perception that the VA in New York is perfect, veterans continue to suffer through an “unrelenting tide” of veteran suicides. They continue to share stories about being abandoned or falling through the cracks, often after begging for help and being turned away.
- We’re not sure what world AOC is living in that the VA “ain’t broke,” but it’s often best to ask the people most affected to gain the right perspective. For that, we turn to words from former Navy SEAL Eli Crane. During an interview with the Washington Examiner, he dared her to say the same thing “to the family members of veterans who died waiting for treatment from the VA.”
- Crane also pointed out how unrealistic AOC’s suggestion really is. “As veterans,” he explained, “we deserve the same rights that private citizens have to shop around and find healthcare options, doctors and providers that fit our medical needs.”
- But AOC doesn’t care about that — she only cares about insulting the GOP. “They are trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they are trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations, and, ultimately they are trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans first,” she said.
- Is she talking about the same VA we are? The same VA that had secret waitlists which led to veteran deaths just a few short years ago? The same VA that stands accused of systemic neglect, despite nearly tripling their own budget within a few years?
- Veteran Adam Maneen agrees. He’s a dyed-in-the-wool conservative, yet he also believes in universal healthcare — especially for veterans. “Ocasio-Cortez is upset with the notion of VA reform and … is so fixated on socialism that she has developed a reflexive nature against anything that says ‘privatized’ and really misses the point about reform,” he explained.
- Maneen also commented on what he believes is the real problem. “She is fighting the wrong fight. If she wants support to model universal healthcare after the VA, then she needs to honestly acknowledge the VA’s subpar care, inept leadership, and bureaucratic processes.”
The VA has improved under the Trump Administration. But as a country, we’re still miles away from “ain’t broke,” and we certainly aren’t anywhere close to “don’t fix it.”
If privatization helps veterans get the help they need — even if it’s only by lightening the load on government services — it’s a good thing. Sadly, socialist attitudes very often focus more on blaming everyone else for the problem (or maybe ignoring it altogether) rather than just committing to fix the issue itself.