America’s new socialist sweetheart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez seems to think single-payer “Medicare for All” will extend the life expectancy in the U.S., and somehow save taxpayers lots of money.
Or she might be saying that under her vision of universal healthcare people would no longer have to pay for funerals.
Some estimate socialized medicine could cost more than $30 trillion, and Ocasio-Cortez appeared on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time to defend the staggering expense with a confusing ramble that only she can truly understand.
Host Chris Cuomo pressed Ocasio-Cortez on the “sticker shock,” and the 28-year-old presumed Congresswoman-elect attempted to flip the question into one about the costs of the current system.
“The thing that we need to realize is people talk about the sticker shock of Medicare for All, they do not talk about the sticker shock of the cost of our existing system,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“In a Koch Brothers-funded study … it shows that Medicare for All is much more, is much cheaper than the current system that we pay right now,” she said, adding that monthly insurance premiums paid by Americans is a “tax” to be tabulated into the equation, among other things.
“And so that while it may not seem like we pay that tax on April 15th, we pay it every single month or we do pay at tax season if we don’t buy these plans off of the exchange,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
“So we’re paying for this system, … Americans have the sticker shock of healthcare as it is, and we’re also not talking about why aren’t we incorporating the cost of all the funeral expenses of those who died because they can’t afford access to healthcare,” she continued.
“That is part of the cost of our system. Why don’t we talk about reduced productivity because of people who need to go on disability, because of people who are not able to participate in our economy because they are having issues like diabetes or they don’t have access to the healthcare that they need.”
Of course, everyone dies eventually, and then there’s funeral costs.
Sooner or later, those costs could either come from the government through increased taxes, or directly from the family of the deceased. Either way, taxpayers are footing the bill.
If folks live longer with socialized medicine because they have better access to healthcare, as Ocasio-Cortez seems to suggest, they still won’t live forever. But evidence suggests that isn’t the case, anyhow.
Currently, life expectancy in self-declared Socialist countries like Cuba, Venezuela, China, and others rank below the U.S.
According to World Health Oranization data, the U.S. ranks 31st in the world for life expectancy when accounting for both sexes, while Cuba is 32nd, China is ranked 53rd, and Venezuela is 84th.
There’s also the U.S. Veteran’s Administration, the biggest socialized healthcare system in the world, as a shining example of what happens when the government runs the show.
Blogger Matt Palumbo, among others, have also pointed to other factors that skew life expectancy data in favor universal healthcare proponents.
“Most countries (with the exception of the U.S.) classify babies as “stillborn” if they survive less than 24 hours after birth. The “stillborn” under that criterion make up 40-50% of all infant deaths. So when comparing a country with an equal number of infant mortalities as America, the comparison country will have half the “zero year olds” dragging down the statistics (because we bother to count them),” Palumbo wrote.
Many argue that a truer measure of the quality of a country’s healthcare would come from removing fatal injuries – victims of car crashes, murders, or suicides – from the tabulations of life expectancy, and that’s when it becomes abundantly clear that Ocasio-Cortez and other champions of government-run healthcare got it all wrong.
“A Few years back, Robert Ohsfeldt of Texas A&M and John Schneider of the University of Iowa asked the obvious question: what happens if you remove deaths from fatal injuries from the life expectancy tables? Among the 29 members of the OECD, the U.S. vaults from 19th place to…you guessed it…first. Japan, on the same adjustment, drops from first to ninth,” Avik Roy wrote in a Forbes article that tears the myths of socialized medicine to shreds.