New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is being questioned about the statements she made regarding the quality of care the Veterans Affairs offers to veterans during a speech in the Bronx.
She told an audience that she was advocating for a “VA for All” system of health care in the United States.
“If it ain’t broke,” she said of the VA system, “don’t fix it.”
The new congresswoman said privatization of the VA will not help veterans because of the “for-profit healthcare industry.” She went on to claim the VA provides “some of the highest quality” healthcare for veterans.
A video recording -released on Twitter by Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra)- of Ocasio-Cortez speaking making that statement made its way around social media feeds on Monday.
“Here’s the thing, they are trying to fix it. But who are they are trying to fix it for, is the question we gotta ask …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.
She went on to claim the VA could be bettered by hiring more staff.
“If we really want to fix the VA so badly, let’s start hiring, and fill up some of those 49,000 [staff] vacancies,” she said, adding the VA would be a blueprint if “Medicare for all” were to pass: “If you ask me, I would like VA for all.”
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