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AOC reality checked when she uses South Korea as example to push Medicare for All

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attempted to bash the United States healthcare system in a tweet on Thursday, comparing our response to that of South Korea. The reason?

To push her socialist Medicare for all agenda.

“Want to know one major reason why South Korea has had stellar rapid response and quickly produced & scaled up to 10k+ tests/day?” Ocasio-Cortez asked. “They have a single payer, #MedicareForAll system. We don’t. Please remember why it’s so important for us to fight for healthcare as a human right.”

It didn’t take long for people to start pointing out all of the flaws in the premise of her tweet:

Pollak linked to a CNN article on Seegene, the molecular biotech company that began focusing on the virus before it had become a global pandemic. Owned by Chun Jong-yoon, the group made the production of testing kits a priority even before the country had its first confirmed case of the virus. Their efforts to get ahead of the illness have so far paid off, but are in no way attributable to the government or Medicare for all.

“While some nations have struggled to get enough test kits to diagnose suspected patients, South Korea has provided free and easy access to testing for anyone who a doctor deems needs it,” the article explains. “The country’s Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (KCDC) says the country has 118 facilities that can test — and all report their results to KCDC. To date, the country has tested more than 230,000 people.”

“It has even rolled out drive-through coronavirus testing facilities, where motorists are met by health workers dressed in hazmat suits,” the write-up notes.

Other Twitter users were quick to remind AOC of some pretty basic facts:


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