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Midterms 2018

Ocasio-Cortez Insists of Medicare for All: ‘You Just Pay for It!’

Democratic socialist from New York cruises into her House seat — but math and economics still prove a challenge

Among those in the winner’s circle on Tuesday night in the 2018 midterm elections was Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Bronx-born Democrat socialist who ran virtually uncontested in District 14 in New York.

With 95 percent of precincts reporting in her area of reliably blue state New York late last night, she handily beat her opponent, Republican Anthony Pappas, by a margin of 79 percent to 13 percent.

Back in June, she famously upset longtime Rep. Joe Crowley back in June; he served as chairman of the Queens Democratic Party.

The young upstart has made national headlines not just for her youth and extreme liberal views — but for some of the rather startling statements she’s made during her campaigning and public appearances.

The latest has been grabbing a lot of oxygen on the internet, as she’s continuing to struggle to articulate and outline just how she would pay for her pricey Medicare for All health plan.

A study by the George Mason University Mercatus Center has claimed that Medicare for All would cost $32.6 trillion in government spending over 10 years — but Ocasio-Cortez seems to flat-out ignore this or dodge it any way she can.

Related: Five Things Ocasio-Cortez May Have Wished She Never Said

During an interview with journalist Jorge Ramos this past Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez confessed she felt “puzzled” that people have continued to ask her how the country can afford socialized medicine.

“People often say, like, ‘How are you going to pay for it?’ And I find the question so puzzling, because, how do you pay for something that’s more affordable?” Ocasio-Cortez responded, as The Daily Caller also reported.

The young Democrat’s claim that Medicare for All would be cheaper than the country’s current health system is simply not true.

“While the Mercatus Center study estimated drug prices would fall under Medicare for All, higher demand would still significantly drive up costs,” The Daily Caller noted.

“How do you pay for cheaper rent?” said Ocasio-Cortez. “You just pay for it. You’re paying more now!”

Oh, and there’s more.

Speaking recently at Boston University, her alma mater, Ocasio-Cortez, who is 29, raised some eyebrows when she indicated what she would do if she won her seat in the House.

“It doesn’t mean you get everything tomorrow,” she said in early October.

“As much as I would love that, I would love to get inaugurated January 3 [and then on] January 4 we’re signing health care, we’re signing this.”

Oh, dear.

Someone clearly needed to tell her that members of Congress do not get “inaugurated,” as the president does — they are sworn in.

She would also not have the ability to sign any bills into law — that is still the responsibility of President Donald Trump, as Fox News Insider pointed out.

Then, on foreign policy, she said this recently: “[Israel’s] occupation of Palestine is just an increasing crisis of humanitarian condition.”

In a July 2018 appearance on PBS’s “Firing Line,” Ocasio-Cortez put her inadequate understanding of Israel’s statehood and Israeli-Palestinian affairs in general on display for the world to see.

When the interviewer, understandably, sought clarification, in a rare moment of accurate self-appraisal, Ocasio-Cortez added, “I am not the expert on geopolitics on this issue.”

Countless mainstream media outlets on Wednesday, however, are still touting her youth on Tuesday as they praise her victory in the midterms.

Stay tuned for more on this.