AOC: The 'Wealthy and Powerful' Have Better Access to Coronavirus Testing


Lawmakers have been critical of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Ocasio-Cortez appeared on Fox News’ “Special Report” with host Bret Baier to discuss how lawmakers are reacting to the outbreak, as well as measures that should be taken.

The congresswoman touched on focusing on helping all Americans, “What we need to do is act swiftly.”

“To not just concentrate on solutions for Wall Street, but we need to provide relief for working Americans,” she added.

Watch her comments below:

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The New York Democrat proceeded to explain that it is “imperative” to pass the bill that was recently introduced to combat the coronavirus.

The bill Ocasio-Cortez is referring to is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). The bill includes provisions for paid sick leave, more funds for food assistance programs and access to free testing, as IJR previously reported.

The conversation transitioned to Trump’s address to the nation where Ocasio-Cortez became critical of his claim that Americans have “the most advanced health care.”

“When you look at the best health care system in the world, that’s something that’s up for debate.” She continued, “South Korea has up to 10,000 tests per day.”

Ocasio-Cortez pivoted to testing in the United States, adding, “It almost seems like the more wealthy and powerful you are, the more able you are to access a test.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced on Thursday that the Senate has canceled its recess to continue working on a package to address the coronavirus outbreak, as IJR reported.

The Fox News segment covered a few other topics with Ocasio-Cortez, including Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) Michigan primary performance. The congresswoman claimed that voter suppression was the reason for his loss to former Vice President Joe Biden, as IJR previously reported.

The coronavirus continues to affect companies, organizations, and schools. According to reports, the United States has seen at least 41 deaths and more than 1,600 cases, as of Friday morning.

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