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Republicans Blasts AOC for Her Comments Regarding the VA

"Apparently ignorance is bliss when it comes to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her views of VA…”

By NTK Staff | 04.24.2019 @11:30am
Republicans Blasts AOC for Her Comments Regarding the VA

Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), who is the ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, blasted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) for her recent claim that that the Department of Veteran Affairs provides “some of the highest quality care” to veterans.

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” Ocasio-Cortez said during a town hall earlier this month. “The idea that this thing that isn’t broken, this thing that provides the highest quality care to our veterans somehow needs to be fixed, optimized, tinkered with until you don’t even recognize it anymore.”

“Apparently ignorance is bliss when it comes to Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and her views of VA,” Roe said in a statement to Fox News on Tuesday. “It is evident that she paid little attention to the scandalous treatment of veterans that occurred several years ago by some in the very agency created to serve them.”

Roe went on to say that there is “widespread recognition” from both sides of the aisle that the Department of Veteran Affairs needed to be reformed following that 2014 scandal involving the department, adding that there remains “mountains of work ahead of us still.”

“While Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and I have VA medical facilities in and near our districts with great quality ratings, not all veterans are so lucky. That’s not to mention the many student veterans across the nation who struggled to pay their bills last fall due to VA’s failure to properly process their GI Bill benefits, or the many veterans who wait years for decisions on their disability claims,” Roe said.

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL), who himself is a veteran of the United States Army and also sits on the Veterans’ Affairs committee, joined Roe in his criticism of Ocasio-Cortez.

“From veterans waiting 30-60 days for an appointment, suicide hotlines going to voicemail, to the rationing of medicine and vast cost overruns, this Department is failing on multiple fronts,” Steube told Fox News in a statement. “To say that this is the level of care those who put their lives on the line to defend our nation deserve is frankly offensive.”

“As a partially disabled veteran who deals with VA frequently, I know that this department is in need of serious reform,” Steube added.

“But, it doesn’t surprise me that Representative Ocasio-Cortez won’t admit it – she advocates for government run health care for all every day, so if she were to admit the failures of the only current system of government run health care, she would have to admit faults within her own plan,” Steube said.

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