REPUBLICAN representative Elise Stefanik is underfire after seemingly celebrating and condemning Medicare and Medicaid programs at the same time.
Qu'a dit Elise Stefanik sur Twitter?
Following their tweet, Stefanik quoted it and said “Today’s Anniversary of Medicare & Medicaid reminds us to reflect on the critical role these programs have played to protect the healthcare of millions of families.
“To safeguard our future, we must reject Socialist healthcare schemes,” elle a continué.
It was around 2012 when Art Laffer, a Republican economist, mocked Medicare and Medicaid saying, “If you like the Post Office and the Department of Motor Vehicles and you think they’re run well, just wait till you see Medicare, Medicaid and health care done by the government.”
Many conservatives are known for denouncing the programs as “socialism.”
More recently, former president Donald Trump promised to protect these programs during the 2016 campaign but while in office tried to propose massive cuts to programs, though none were ever passed by Congress.
What did Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez say about Elise Stefanik’s tweet?
The Democratic party was quick to poke fun at Stefanik’s tweet, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was the first to chime in.
“Totally agree,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted.
“En fait, to further protect Medicare from socialism, let’s strengthen it to include dental, vision, audience, & mental healthcare and then allow all Americans to enjoy its benefits. Trust me, Medicare for All is the #1 thing you can do to own the socialists.”
Other chimed in and pointed out Stefanik’s contradiction in calling the programs “critical” but also denounced the efforts to ensure the benefits.
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Born in Albany, New York, Stefanik has been serving as the U.S. representative for New York’s 21st congressional district since 2015.
Prior to her start in politics, Stefanik, who is 37-years-old obtained a degree from Harvard University.
Depuis 2017, Stefanik has been married to Matthew Manda.