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Ocasio-Cortez Puts GOP On Life Support With Devastating Tweet On Healthcare

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is quickly becoming a nightmare for the Republican party.

On Sunday, the New York Rep.-elect set the internet abuzz by knocking the GOP with a tweet referring to “death panels,” which was popularized almost a decade ago by Sarah Palin, saying they exist in the private health insurance market.

“Actually, we have for-profit ‘death panels’ now: they are companies + boards saying you’re on your own bc they won’t cover a critical procedure or medicine,” she wrote in a back-and-forth with the president of a conservative think tank on Twitter.

“Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this ‘socialist’ rock they love to throw, they’d actually engage on-issue for once.”

She made the “death panels” comment in response to Jim Hanson, the president of Security Studies Group, with whom she had been exchanging posts about the merits of further government intervention into health care.

“Nice try,” Hanson wrote in reply to Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion that death panels exist. “But commercial insurance gives people choices about what coverages they want & decide to pay for.”

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-described democratic socialist, is one of several progressive freshman lawmakers who support “Medicare for all,” a system that would extend government Medicare coverage to every American.

She said on Twitter earlier Sunday that Americans “don’t want overly complicated choice between pricey, low-quality plans.”

“We want an affordable solution that covers our needs, like the rest of the modern world.”

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