Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is on a mission to embarrass herself on every stage. Despite her efforts, the mainstream left still loves her. What might shock you to learn is that even apologists of the left-wing media can’t fully cover for her. The Washington Post did a fact check on her biggest claims, and it didn’t go well for her. We’re going to look at her three tallest tales and, using data from the Post in all of its bias, debunk them.
We’ll start with the biggest because it’s the cornerstone of her entire platform. Ms. Cortez claimed in an interview that a Koch brothers study found that Medicare for all is “actually much cheaper than the current system.” She’s repeated this claim on numerous occasions. It’s to the point where she might even actually believe these words. The Washington Post rated this claim as a maximum lie on their scale of Pinocchios or whatever. This is such a warped statement that it’s hard not to stop and spit and curse before debunking it.
What the study actually showed is that the very cheapest version of Medicare for all that has yet been proposed would cost in excess of $3 trillion a year. THAT WOULD ROUGHLY DOUBLE THE ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET.
Currently, the U.S. spends around $1 trillion a year on health care. That includes all of Medicare, Medicaid, the VA, active military health services and every other nook and cranny of spending that can be tied to health care. Most Republicans already think it’s too much, but we can set that aside for today. Cortez somehow looks at this and concludes that 3 is much less than 1. Brilliant stuff.
The part of the study that she is bastardizing refers to how Bernie’s proposed single-payer plan will try to cut spending after implementation. As it currently stands, he would cut payments to healthcare providers by 40 percent in 2022. Over the next 10 years, that spending cut would save a total of $2 trillion, but only from the $30 trillion plus he’s already adding to healthcare spending.
And, that says nothing of the massive problems it would cause to suddenly pay all healthcare providers 40 percent less money. Anyone who believes what she said is both dangerously stupid and lying to themselves (or everyone).
Sadly, this isn’t the worst from her mouth on the topic. She also suggested that healthcare savings would extend from “all the funeral expenses.” She actually claims that healthcare reform will stop people from dying anymore. Apparently, all we have to do to achieve immortality is just spend a few trillion dollars a year.
It’s difficult not to write this entire treatise in caps. It certainly incites the desire to scream at the stupid people. Regardless, Cortez’s next claim, also rated a maximum lie by the Washington Post, is so idiotic it’s difficult to address. She says that unemployment is only low because everyone is working 2 jobs and 80 hours a week. That’s not how any of this works!
Problem 1: Fewer than five percent of workers in America have more than one job. Even accounting for them, the average work week is less than 40 hours.
Problem 2: People snatching extra jobs would raise unemployment rather than lower it.
Problem 3: The abundance of jobs and low unemployment are a good thing. She tries to somehow make it sound like America’s doom that we have a strong labor market.
The Middle Class
This is one of her top memes, so you might be familiar with it. In another interview, she claimed that there is no upper-middle class anymore. This is piggybacking off of one of Bernie’s favorite claims that the middle class is shrinking. His is technically a partial truth — if a deceptive one. Hers is an outright wrong.
The upper-middle class has steadily grown since the 70s, and it is currently at an all-time high. To be as clear as possible, there are more Americans in the upper-middle class today than there ever have been before. That holds both when you count the total number of people in the group and when you compare the proportional population in this income group.
Bernie says that the middle class is shrinking, and it is. So is the lower-middle class and the poor. All three bottom income quintiles have significantly shrunk since the 70s. They’ve also shrunk over the last 20 years, and all three groups are at all-time lows. The middle class is shrinking because of upwards economic mobility. The people who have left the bottom three income brackets didn’t disappear. They now belong to the upper-middle class and the wealthiest class. In fact, the upper-middle class is the largest income bracket in the country.
Let’s wrap this up. The super-liberal Washington Post reviewed a number of Cortez statements. They found every single one to be completely false. There’s a famous quote, “who is more foolish — the fool or the fool who follows him?” That’s an appropriate question to level at every reckless moron who voted for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
~Freedom News Report