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.
Insurance groups are recommending GoFundMe as official policy – where customers can die if they can’t raise the goal in time – but sure, single payer healthcare is unreasonable.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) November 24, 2018
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.
This letter is not from an insurance company, and $10K is less than the deductible offered in most Obamacare plans. So it looks like GoFundMe is also the plan for how to pay for things unde ObamaCare. https://t.co/OQXCMDtV0i
— Robert Tracinski (@Tracinski) November 25, 2018
This wasn’t an insurer, @Ocasio2018, the letter is from the transplant committee. And they're likely requiring a $10k reserve because of the significant out-of-pocket costs MEDICARE imposes on patients. https://t.co/OcW5q84Dvp
— Matthew 'healthcare is a human right' Cortland (@mattbc) November 24, 2018
Even some that agreed with Ocasio-Cortez’s calls for single-payer healthcare called her out for not doing her research.
As much as I agree with your larger point, this letter is clearly from a transplant center, not an insurer. Financial status is commonly weighed to determine if transplant candidates will be able to continue their treatment so as not to "waste" finite organs. Different problem. https://t.co/JjGTRXHOXQ
— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) November 24, 2018
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.
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Posted by IJR Red on Saturday, November 17, 2018
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.