Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., argued during a new city event that the Department of Veterinary Affairs "is not broken" and actually provides "some of the highest quality" care to veterans.
"All I can think of is the classic refrain from my parents always learning to grow up, is it:" If it is not short, do not fix it, "she said in New York as part of her argument against privatizing aspects of the scandalized agency's work.
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"It is the opening direction we have seen in terms of privatization, the idea is that this thing as is not broken, this thing that gives some of the highest quality care of the care needs somehow solved, optimized, tinkered with until we don't even recognize it anymore, "she said in comments first reported by The Washington Examiner. [1
Ocasio-Cortez's comments focused on Trump's administration work to expand elections and private care options in the VA healthcare system, particularly through the MISSION Act of President Trump last year.
The comments are likely to give rise to advocates who advocate the VA reform. The department was plagued by scandal during the Obama administration – including secret waiting lists, systemic neglect and veterans who die while waiting to see a doctor.
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"Putting our veterans first means they are at the center of the reform work. That's exactly what the administration did with the VA MISSION Act – putting veterans in front of the bureaucracy , Dan Caldwell, CEO of Concerned Veterans for America, said Fox News when asked about Ocasio-Cortez's comments. "The VA is structured for a veteran who has fundamentally changed from when it was built. Political reforms should fundamentally change with the population and time. When the resources follow the veteran, the veteran wins. "
" When resources go to defend an aging and outdated bureaucracy, the veteran loses. It's not about "fixing the VA" but it's about making sure that VA's focus is on the veteran, not himself, "he said.
Current VA secretary Robert Wilkie is the fourth secretary who leads VA in recent Four years, while VA's $ 200 billion budget has doubled over the past decade.
Since then, Wilkie has declared that the VA is going to make "pioneering progress" on accountability, transparency, and efficiency while drawing up the FAILURE.  During President Trump, the VA has done more in the last two years than it has had for decades to reform the department and improve the care and benefits of our nation's heroes, "he said in a Fox News up-ed in January before saying that it was still Ocasio-Cortez's comments are part of a growing ideological shift among the Democrats who question the benefits of private healthcare – with many now pushing single pay state of health care for the population as a whole.
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2020 jumping since Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., Presented this month's latest Medicare-for-all plan, signed on a number of other 2020 hopefuls. That plan would largely abolish private insurance plans – with Sanders suggesting that insurers could be reduced to cosmetic surgery.
"Under Medicare for All, we cover all basic care needs, so they will not be there to do it. I guess if you want to make yourself a little more beautiful, you want to work on that nose, your ears. They can do that, he said.
Fox News & # 39; Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.