Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed 2020 Democratic candidate John Delaney and suggested he “sashay away” after he criticized Medicare for All as “not good policy.”
The New York Democrat called out Delaney, the former representative from Maryland, using Twitter to mock the reaction he received at the California Democratic Convention.
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“We should have universal health care, but it shouldn’t be a kind of health care that kicks 150 million Americans off their health care,” Delaney said Sunday as he was met with boos from the crowd. “That’s not smart policy. I want everyone to have health care, but it’s got to be a plan that works for every American.”
The single-payer health care idea, Delaney remarked, may sound good but “it’s actually not good policy, nor good politics.”
Ocasio-Cortez blasted the 2020 contender in a tweet on Sunday, calling attention to his “awful, untrue line” about a government-run health care program.
“Since there’s so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over who‘s a “frontrunner,” maybe we can start w some general eliminations. This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute. John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away,” the self-named Democratic Socialist tweeted.
Since there’s so many people running for President (& not enough for Senate), instead of obsessing over who‘s a “frontrunner,” maybe we can start w some general eliminations.
This awful, untrue line got boo’ed for a full minute.
John Delaney, thank you but please sashay away ?? https://t.co/0RDOwbfcgv
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2019
The “Medicare for All” proposal was first championed during his 2016 campaign by Sen, Bernie Sanders. Several 2020 Democratic contenders have voiced their support of the policy, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California, Cory Booker of New Jersey and New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand, though they have noted that there should still e room for private insurance companies.
Sen. Michael Bennet is one Democrat who thinks Sanders is “wrong.”
The 2020 hopeful from Colorado is proposing a plan called “Medicare X” which would include a “public option.”
Sen. Michael Bennet says Sen. Bernie Sanders is “wrong to propose” Medicare for All because it would eliminate the role of private insurers. “I think what we should do is give American people a choice,” he says. #CNNTownHall https://t.co/b1WYiUadVn pic.twitter.com/B7iGlR3h31
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) May 31, 2019
But Ocasio-Cortez, declaring herself judge and jury, not only dismissed Delaney’s opposition to the universal health care policy, but she spelled out in a follow-up tweet that “Medicare for All” is actually good policy and polls “very well” in swing states. She also warned that if Democrats choose the “third-way” option, they will lose in 2020 to President Donald Trump.
✅ Medicare for All IS sound policy – one may disagree w/ it, but plenty of other countries have single payer + better outcomes than the US
✅ M4A IS good politics – it polls VERY well in swing states
✅ “Third-Way” (aka lobbyist-backed Dems) WILL lose the presidency to Trump
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 2, 2019
The freshman congresswoman has championed the policy before, speaking with CNN earlier this year about the reluctance by lawmakers to spend money on health care.
“Every other developed nation in the world does this, why not America?” she told Chris Cuomo on “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“That is the question we need to be asking. We have done these things before. We write unlimited checks for war, we just wrote a 2 trillion-dollar check for that tax cut, the GOP tax cut, and nobody asked those folks how are they gonna pay for it,” she said. “We only have empty pockets when it comes to the morally right things to do, but when it comes to tax cuts for billionaires and unlimited war, we seem to be able to invent that money very easily. And to me, it belies a lack of moral priorities that people have right now, especially [in the] Republican Party.”
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