Charlotte, NC — Christopher Jacobs is a journalist with The Federalist. He has written an excellent article detailing AOC’s disapproval of the healthcare program she suggests everyone else should have, but hated it for the same reason everyone else did. Why? Because it was too expensive!
AOC confesses to never having any good healthcare for most of her adult life. She said, “The thing that these conservative Senators don’t seem to understand is that I’ve actually had a physically difficult working-class job without good healthcare most of my adult life.”
The thing that these conservative Senators don’t seem to understand is that I’ve actually had a physically difficult working-class job without good healthcare most of my adult life.
I bring that work ethic to Congress & to my community. They sit around on leather chairs all day.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) December 3, 2020
Christopher Jacob wrote, “Ocasio-Cortez graduated from Boston University in 2011—after Obamacare’s enactment, but before the law’s exchanges and major regulations took effect in January 2014.”
He continued saying, “Her tweet, therefore, claims she could not afford coverage for most of the time between the spring of 2011, when she moved back to the Bronx, and her inauguration to Congress in January 2019.”
Jacobs claims that AOC would likely have not had private insurance at all since only 1.6% of New Yorkers had coverage from private companies. Moreover, enrollment in New York state’s individual health market was at 31,000; therefore, AOC likely didn’t participate in the socialist healthcare option the she loves so much.
I really can’t blame her. Jacobs stated that it was too expensive for a young, healthy woman like AOC who would have been paying as much as an older sick person:
But why did so few New Yorkers purchase health insurance on their own? In short, because lawmakers had made insurance unaffordable. As the Manhattan Institute paper notes, in the 1990s, the state legislature passed a series of insurance “reforms” that gutted the state’s market for coverage. The laws forced insurers to accept all applicants regardless of health status (guaranteed issue), and charge all applicants the exact same rate (community rating), while also requiring all plans to offer generous benefits.
In other words, New York required insurers to charge a healthy 20-something individual like Ocasio-Cortez the exact same premiums as a 60-something smoker with emphysema. That policy has a nice name to it: Socialism.
What did this socialism do? Enrollment in insurance markets plummeted, and premiums soared. The New York state insurance market ended up in what actuaries call a “death spiral,” in which healthy people found the premium increases too high to justify enrolling, leaving a market consisting largely of people with acute health needs desperate for coverage.
“At its core, Ocasio-Cortez’s tweet therefore not just attacks Obamacare, but the redistributive and socialistic principles underpinning it. All of this makes her support for a single-payer system of socialized medicine that much more confounding,” writes Jacobs.
And that, dear reader, is the point of it all! Socialist AOC didn’t want to take part in a socialist program because the program was so horrific and expensive due to the system it was based upon. If you recall, Democrats were fixated on Obamacare during the Senate confirmation hearings, for now, Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. They proclaimed its success and would be devastating should it be harmed or ripped apart.
The hypocrisy coming from the Left and AOC is absolutely stunning. I contend AOC didn’t know what she was doing when she tweeted this, but that’s the price she pays for her ignorance and political beliefs that directly impacted her and did so negatively.
The system was so flawed due to the system it was based upon. Obamacare couldn’t support itself under its own weight, and it forced many Americans to go without the healthcare it was supposedly supposed to cheaply provide.
Socialism SUCKS! Thanks for pointing this out to us, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
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