Backfire: How a Stupendously Ignorant Tweet From Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Undermines Single Payer Healthcare

Not only has the military not misspent (or even budgeted) $21 Trillion, the article AOC is touting doesn’t remotely claim that dubious accounting methods have led to massive hidden spending. The Pentagon’s questionable math has netted out as an approximate wash when it comes to actual dollars spent. Oops! Also, bear in mind that oft-cited cost projections for single-payer (in the ballpark of $32-38 trillion) are over a ten-year budget window. (For perspective, the federal budget would need to approximately double to fully fund a national socialized healthcare regime, requiring truly enormous tax increases on all Americans). Even though she quite obviously doesn’t understand what she’s doing, Ocasio-Cortez has suggested that Uncle Sam could simply apply the Pentagon’s all-time aggregate budget to pay for roughly half of one decade’s-worth of “Medicare for All.” Bravo.RecommendedBlue on Blue: Democrats Already Fighting Each Other on Healthcare, Court-Packing SchemeGuy BensonIn some ways, AOC’s wildly inaccurate tweet is a gift to those of us who are desperate to demonstrate that single-payer healthcare is extraordinarily unaffordable. She has accidentally illustrated the scope of its total cost, while helpfully allowing us to place military spending (a chronically-inflated, evergreen target for liberals seeking pay-fors) in proper context. Perhaps the incoming Congressional freshman from New York would be better served to stick to tweeting substance-free potshots, such as lumping her ideological opponents together as a band of conspiratorial know-nothings who can’t grapple with realistic solutions to big problems. Talk about projection.

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