REPORT: Ocasio-Cortez called out for claiming Pentagon $$ error could fund Medicare for all

BY TEAM DML / DECEMBER 4, 2018 /

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was roundly fact-checked this week — by even liberal-leaning publications — for suggesting a reported $21 trillion in Pentagon accounting errors could fund most of her proposed “Medicare for all” health care program.

Ocasio-Cortez, one of the highest-profile figures among the new wave of liberal Democrats entering Congress in 2019, cited a Nation story about how $21 trillion in “Pentagon financial transactions” between 1998 and 2015 could not be documented or explained.

“$21T in Pentagon accounting errors. Medicare for All costs ~$32T,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “That means 66% of Medicare for All could have been funded already by the Pentagon.”

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But multiple fact-checkers gave a clear verdict to Ocasio-Cortez’s suggestion that Pentagon accounting errors could largely cover the costs: it wasn’t true.

As left-wing Vox explained: “The Pentagon’s accounting errors are genuinely enormous, but they’re also just accounting errors — they don’t represent actual money that can be spent on something else.”

Underscoring the disconnect between the original story and Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter claim, Vox continued: “Indeed, there simply hasn’t been $21 trillion in (nominal) Defense Department spending across the entirety of American history.”

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The New York Times noted that the $21 trillion is the value of adjustments made to Pentagon records that couldn’t be traced: “That is not the same thing as $21 trillion in spending.”

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3 Comments

  1. Sam December 4th, 2018 at 11:21 am

    How long is her stupidity going to tolerated?

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  2. Capit December 4th, 2018 at 11:45 am

    She is the poster child (yes, I said child) of the dumbing-down of America. Every time I read an article on her I have to shake my head and then vomit. She is beyond stupid and the ones that voted her into office are luny.

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  3. Susan Pruitt December 4th, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    Too late, her idiot followers already believe there’s magic money to fund their free healthcare. Someone please send her to Canada on a one-way, non-refundable ticket.

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