Ocasio-Cortez’s attempt to rationalize Medicare-for-All is as painful as the look on Cuomo’s face

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No telling how CNN’s Chris Cuomo kept a straight face listening to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explain why there shouldn’t be “sticker shock” over the price tag of the Medicare for All plan.

Perhaps Cuomo was stunned into silence by the sheer stupidity of claims made by the Democratic Socialist candidate who even touted her agenda item as a solution for those who suffered funeral expenses “because they can’t afford access to healthcare.”

The CNN anchor pressed the young upstart about the “very expensive” costs of proposals she and her socialist cohorts are pushing, like free college tuition and Medicare for all.

“You know in a Koch Brothers-funded, you know, study, if any study’s going to try to be a little bit slanted, it would be one funded by the Koch brothers. It shows that Medicare for all is actually much more — is actually much cheaper than the current system that we pay right now,” Ocasio-Cortez replied, apparently referring to the Mercatus study by Charles Blahous.

According to Hot Air, there was a problem with her argument right out of the gate:

First, the study itself wasn’t “Koch-funded,” although Mercatus gets funding from the Kochs. Second and more importantly, the study says the exact opposite — that Medicare for All would add $32.6 trillion in spending to existing levels in its first decade (and $218 trillion over 30 years), even after a questionable saving of $2 trillion in the first decade. And it would have to do so, since we’d be adding hundreds of millions of Americans to Medicare coverage.

“So, we’re paying for this system,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “We — Americans have the sticker shock of healthcare as it is, and what we’re also not talking about is, why aren’t we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can’t afford access to healthcare? That is part of the cost of our system.”

Cuomo did not appear to react to her remarks or even break the news to her that funeral costs have nothing to do with what healthcare a person had while alive.

“Why don’t we talk about the cost of reduced productivity because of people who need to go on disability, because of people who are not able to participate in our economy because they have — because they are having issues like diabetes or they don’t have access to the healthcare that they need?” she continued.

Cuomo sat stone-faced throughout most of the bizarre segment.

Of course, Ocasio-Cortez failed to mention how long veterans waited to be seen at government-run VA hospitals – with some dying while they waited to be treated.

The New York congressional candidate made her ridiculous argument without a word of clarification from Cuomo who somehow managed to keep a straight face throughout.

“I think at the end of the day, we see that this is not a pipedream,” Ocasio-Cortez concluded. “Every other developed nation in the world does this, why can’t America? And that is the question that we need to ask.”

Th real question seems to be how the 28-year-old managed to graduate from Boston University with a degree in economics but still be this clueless.

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