Ocasio-Cortez Shares ‘Insurance’ Letter to Promote Single-Payer Healthcare 一 It Backfired

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Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) made yet another social media gaffe while trying to make the case for single-payer healthcare.

Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described democratic socialist who has been calling for Medicare-for-all as a cornerstone of her campaign.

The congresswoman-elect got her hands on a letter that had been sent to a woman seeking a heart transplant. The letter said the woman had been denied care “due to needing a more secure financial plan.” They recommended that the woman launch a “fundraising effort” to secure the $10,000 needed to complete the surgery.

Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to call out the insurance agency for this problem and to make the case for socialized medicine.

The only problem for Ocasio-Cortez was that this letter was not from an insurance group. The letter was from Spectrum Health’s Heart and Lung Specialized Care Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

According to their website, they provide second opinions and specialty care, saying, “we bring outstanding surgeons to you, even when all other options have been exhausted.”

Although it isn’t clear from this letter whether the requested surgery was exempt from insurance protection or not, Ocasio-Cortez clearly made a conclusion for single-payer healthcare that wasn’t there.

Several people took to Twitter to highlight Ocasio-Cortez’s error and some even pointed to the fact that some Medicare and Obamacare insurance packages have a $10,000 deductible meaning that an individual may still need to fundraise to cover that.

Even some that agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s calls for single-payer healthcare called her out for not doing her research.

As IJR previously reported, the Medicare-for-all proposal touted by Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been projected to cost around $32 trillion over 10 years in the United States.

This is not the first time Ocasio-Cortez has made a gaffe on social media.

Watch Ocasio-Cortez’s other gaffes:

On January 3, Ocasio-Cortez will have her first official day in office. She is the youngest woman to ever serve in the United States House of Representatives.

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Bob Wilke

Ocasio-Cortez is really giving morons a bad name. Nobody is THAT stupid.

Larry Marshall

this is what happens when idiots get elected and don’t have a clue what they are talking about.

Stephen Fish

So among all her natural she failed to Learn how to read.???


A heart transplant has a lot of moving parts. There’s a list and eligibility(health, age, etc.) Replacement organs are a scarce, precious commodity. Then there’s the of antibiotics and the lifelong regimen of anti-rejection drugs, plus continuing check-ups. And the patient will still die.

Simple minds fail to understand this and somehow believe that “projections” are fact. It makes one wonder who’s paying for their healthcare.

Rocky Drummond

But that is besides the point – a properly designed single-payer, universal coverage scheme would cover all transplant costs.

“As IJR previously reported, the Medicare-for-all proposal touted by Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been projected to cost around $32 trillion over 10 years in the United States.”

And save 2 trillion over the current system. Why do you continue to not mention this, Madison?





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