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Organizer of the Protect veterans health care at VA town hall in New York with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Fox News say that the event at the capacity limit, but the video from inside the building tells a different story. ‘Fox & friends weekend” co-host and veteran Pete Hegseth sounds off on the rejection.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, claimed in a recent town hall event, which the Department of Veterans Affairs “is not broken” and is actually “some of the highest quality” care to the veterans.
“Everything that I can think of is that the classic refrain that my parents growing up taught me, is that: ‘if it ain’t broke, fix it’,” she said in New York, as part of their argument against the privatization, aspects of the scandal-scarred of the work of the Agency.
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“This is not the opening-up approach we have seen, if there is something to the privatization, the idea that this thing is not broken, this thing offers some of the highest quality are fixed in the care of our veterans is somehow optimized, until we cannot even recognize it,” she said, in comments first reported by The Washington Examiner.
“They will try to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they are trying to fix the VA for the insurance company, and said, ultimately, you are trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry, not people or veterans first,” she said. “And so we have a responsibility to protect you.”
Ocasio-Cortez-comments focused on the Trump administration’s efforts to strengthen the selection and private health care options in the VA health care system, and in particular about the MISSION Act — signed into law by President Trump, in the past year.
The comments are likely to raise the IRE of the supporters of the VA-reform advocate. The Department was plagued by scandal during the Obama administration-including the secret waiting to die lists, systemic neglect of veterans, while you wait to see a doctor.
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“Our veterans means first, that you are sure you are in the center of reform efforts. This is exactly what the administration has with the VA MISSION-to put Action to the veteran before the bureaucracy,” Dan Caldwell, executive director of Concerned veterans for America, told Fox News interviewed Ocasio-Cortez-comments. “The VA is structured for a veteran population that has fundamentally changed from when it was built. Political reforms should change dramatically with the population and the times. If the resources, the impact of the veteran, the veteran wins.”
To support “if the resources go, an old and outdated bureaucracy, the veteran loses. It is not about “fixing” the VA, but it is not so sure that the focus of the VA on the veteran’s self,” he said.
Current VA Secretary Robert Wilkie is the fourth Secretary of the VA in the past four years, while the VA ‘ s $200-billion budget has doubled in the last decade.
Wilkie has since explained, to make the VA the “breakthrough progress” on accountability, transparency and efficiency, while touting Act the MISSION.
“Under President Trump, VA has done more in the last two years than in decades, the Department and the improvement of care and services for our nation’s heroes to reform,” he told Fox News op-ed in January, before you say it was to be done work on topics such as suicide prevention.
Ocasio-Cortez the comments are part of a growing ideological shift among Democrats in questioning the benefits of private health care-with many are now pushing single-payer, government run health care for the population.
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2020 hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., this month his latest Medicare unveiled-for-all plan, signed by a number of other 2020 hopefuls. This plan would be indicative, especially the abolition of the private health insurance plans — with Sanders out, insurers could be reduced by cosmetic surgery.
“In the context of Medicare for All, we have all the basic health needs do not cover, so that you are going to do it. I suppose if you want to look a bit nicer, you want to work with, nose, your ears. You can do that,” he said.
Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.