Incoming congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets a lot of attention. It’s not just because she’s the youngest congresswoman to get elected, or because her unexpected victory over a fellow Democrat shocked and rattled her party’s establishment.
It’s because of her grand plans for the nation.
The 29-year-old progressive, self-proclaimed socialist — who ran on a platform of universal health care, a federal jobs and housing guarantee, free college for all, and 100% dependence on renewable energy in the next few years — took to Twitter again on Sunday to share her wisdom on how to fix America.
“People don’t want overly complicated choice between pricey, low-quality plans.
We want an affordable solution that covers our needs, like the rest of the modern world.
Medicare for All:
— Single-payer system
— Covers physical, mental, & dental care
— 0 due *at point of service*”
But her critics soon replied:
Then she commented on a highly suspicious claim from the far-left publication The Nation, which wrote, “In all, at least a mind-boggling $21 trillion of Pentagon financial transactions between 1998 and 2015 could not be traced, documented, or explained, concluded Skidmore.”
Ocasio-Cortez shared those “facts” without question and then proposed her solution, writing on Twitter:
“$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.”
Both her detractors and her supporters were quick to point out problems with that statement:
“Wow. You claim $21 Trillion in Pentagon Waste? The entire Pentagon budget from 1789-2018 has totaled $18 trillion,” pointed out Brian Riedl, Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute. “Come on, This is embarrassing.”
“For those wondering: In the original study, $21 trillion refers to transfers back-and-forth between accounts. So the same $1 can be counted 1000's of times. It *does not* mean that $21 trillion in total spending was mis-spent,” Riedl explained. “AOC [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] should have realized $21T *spent* is crazy.”
But one Twitter user had an especially brilliant point for the congresswoman who needs $40 trillion to pay for her proposed programs over the next decade but has been unable to explain how to obtain it: “Clearly government is great at managing money. Let’s give them more to be responsible for.”
Take a look at the jaw-dropping explanation she recently gave for how to pay for “medicare for all” and tuition-free college during a brief interview with Univision’s Jorge Ramos: