Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claims the VA healthcare system provides “Cadillac first-class healthcare” to veterans.
Speaking at a town hall last week, the socialist lawmaker said of the veterans healthcare system: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
“The idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimized, tinkered with until you don’t even recognize it anymore,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Here’s the thing, they are trying to fix it, but who are they trying to fix it for is the question we’ve got to ask. They’re trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they’re trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations, and ultimately they’re trying to fix the VA for a for-profit healthcare industry that does not put people or veterans first.”
“We have a responsibility to protect it, because if it is any community that deserves Cadillac first-class healthcare in the United States of America it is our military service members,” she continued.
Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire points out that major problems with the VA system have been reported on for years:
The problems with the VA healthcare system have been widely reported on in recent years. One notable story about the horrors veterans face in the VA healthcare system came in 2014, when CNN reported that “at least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list.”
In February, it was reported that from October 2017 to November 2018, 19 veterans have committed suicide at VA hospital campuses after receiving inadequate care from the facilities.
The Military Times writes of the Washington Post’s investigation into VA suicides:
The Post investigation focused on a few specific cases, including the February 2018 suicide of 33-year-old Marine Corps veteran Justin Miller in the Minneapolis VA hospital’s parking lot, as well as 32-year-old former Army Sgt. John Toombs, who hung himself on the grounds of a VA medical center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, just before Thanksgiving 2016.
Both men entered the separate VA facilities seeking assistance for post-traumatic stress disorder stemming from their time in the military, among other issues. Miller killed himself after four days in the Minneapolis VA’s mental-health unit, and Toombs did the same after being kicked out of his treatment program for not following its instructions, including being 20 minutes late to pick up his medications.