Her approach? “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Tell that to veterans who died waiting for care.
Fresh on the heels of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ support for the Department of Veterans Affairs, and after considerable pushback, one thing is for sure: she doesn’t care about what others think.
The freshman Congresswoman believes that the VA is not
fundamentally broken and rather represents a great example of a government
owned and ran healthcare system.
Now, it would be easy to denounce AOC as out of touch. Odds are quite high that she has never set foot in a VA hospital or taken the time to understand the frustration that veterans utilizing the VA face. She has even referred to the stories, of which there are so many, that the VA has failed veterans are not real. They are just myths, a way to destroy the idea that the government can run a successful healthcare system.
The VA is fundamentally broken, despite the many assertions by the 29-year-old ex-bartender who never served in a day in the military. I have and I have spent a lot of my time in the last year trying to figure out the best way to fix the VA and to help my fellow veterans.
Just last year, I went to D.C. as a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) – Student Veterans of America (SVA) Legislative Fellow, one of a group of nine student veterans who were trying to help other veterans in a variety of ways, including fixing major problems in the VA. We stormed Capital Hill as part of the VFW, working to convince Senators and Congressman and women that the VA needs help, that it should be fixed. The thesis I wrote for the completion of my master degree addressed the very serious underlying problems from a public administration standpoint. And there are so many problems.
Here we have AOC, who believes that a veteran committing suicide in a VA emergency room is a myth so she can tout the virtues of government run healthcare. This type of belief system is infuriating. I know veterans who have problems with the VA. Apparently, every story I have heard is just a myth. The Phoenix VA Healthcare System waitlist scandal, where more than 40 veterans died waiting for care, is just a tall tale so that money can be funneled to for-profit medical groups, according to AOC.
For far too long the VA has sat stewing in its own filth. Reform is desperately needed, despite what the freshman Congresswoman has to say. I personally will never let her live this lie down. I will work to make sure she is a one term, flash in the pan burn out. She should have never crossed the veteran community.