Ocasio-Cortez suggests Medicare for All could've been funded instead of defense, sparking debate

Ra'eesah Manack
Dec 04, 2018
07:26 P.M.

Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seeks low-cost healthcare for all Americans and uses the hashtag #MedicareForAll to spread the message. She believes that the government should have paid for that instead of defense.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized the healthcare system. She demands that everyone should have access to cheaper health care paid for by the government.

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"$21 TRILLION of Pentagon financial transactions “could not be traced, documented, or explained.” $21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T. That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon. And that’s before our premiums" tweeted Ocasio-Cortez



The tweet comes as part of her campaign to encourage medical benefits for all. She had originally tweeted, "In my on-boarding to Congress, I get to pick my insurance plan. As a waitress, I had to pay more than TWICE what I’d pay as a member of Congress. It’s frustrating that Congressmembers would deny other people affordability that they themselves enjoy. Time for #MedicareForAll."




Fans were quick to point out that her maths in her new tweet was flawed. Many pointed out that the country's finances included a huge deficit that she was not taking into account in her calculations. The entire calculation is misleading.

"Math is hard" summarised one twitter user.

Her endorsement of Medicare-for-All aims to provide government Medicare coverage to every American. According to polls, the motion is supported by 70 percent of the country.



Ocasio-Cortez is no stranger to making headlines. She recently became a fixture in the news because of her outspoken ways which often go against political norms and established practices.


Besides her recent speech on health care. She also currently leads a plan to create a special congressional committee on climate change.

At the end of last month, Ocasio-Cortez also spoke out against the use of tear gas against migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. She compared those seeking refuge in the U.S. to Jews during the Holocaust.

"Asking to be considered a refugee & applying for status isn’t a crime. It wasn’t for Jewish families fleeing Germany. It wasn’t for targeted families fleeing Rwanda. It wasn’t for communities fleeing war-torn Syria. And it isn’t for those fleeing violence in Central America," she wrote

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