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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
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  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said that she paid more than
    twice as much for healthcare as a waitress than she will as a
    congresswoman.
  • In a series of tweets, The Congresswoman-elect
    advocated for the extension of government Medicare
    coverage to every American.
  • She said it was “frustrating” that Congress members
    would “deny other people affordability that they
    themselves enjoy.”

Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she had to pay
more than twice as much for healthcare as a waitress compared to
what she will pay as a congresswoman.

Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat from New York, said that her
healthcare options as a member of Congress were far more
affordable compared to those she had when she was working as a
waitress, and earning less money, in New York City.

“As a waitress, I had to pay more than TWICE what I’d pay
as a member of Congress,” she
wrote.


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Ocasio-Cortez worked as a waitress and bartender to supplement
her mother’s income after graduating from university.

She also called for an extension of government Medicare
coverage to every American.

“It’s frustrating that Congress members would deny other
people affordability that they themselves enjoy. Time for
#MedicareForAll.”

Fact checking website Snopes reported that members
of Congress choose from a gold-level Obamacare policy and receive
federal subsidies that cover 72 percent of the cost of the
premiums.

Overall, they “pay approximately 28 percent of their annual
healthcare premiums through pre-tax payroll deductions,”
according to Snopes.

According to
health insurance calculator the Keiser Family Foundation,
an
individual living in New York and earning $27,000 a year —

a typical waiter’s salary
— would pay $166 a month in
premiums for a silver Obamacare policy.

The expansion of Medicare to all Americans was popularized by
Senator Bernie Sanders
during his 2016 presidential campaign
when Ocasio-Cortez served as one of his volunteers.

Ocasio-Cortez and other Democratic freshmen senators
support the platform, and healthcare became the dominant issue
for Democrats during the midterm elections. But
many centrist Democrats fear the policy
would alienate voters
and shy away from the idea one government-run system.

A Reuters-Ipsos survey in August
found that 70% of Americans are in favor
of Medicare for
All.

Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter 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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