Incoming Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ recent comments claiming the Pentagon could partially fund a ‘Medicare for All’ system continued to come under fire Tuesday, with the Washington Post describing the fuzzy math as “badly flawed.”
“Let’s put $21 trillion in context. The entire national debt is $21.8 trillion. According to the Congressional Budget Office, total defense spending from 1998 to 2015 was nearly $9 trillion. The CBO estimates $7 trillion in defense spending from 2019 to 2028,” writes the Post.
— Glenn Kessler (@GlennKesslerWP) December 4, 2018
“In other words, completely defunding the military for the next decade would yield only one-fifth of $32 trillion. That’s a much better way of illustrating the cost of Medicare-for-All,” adds the Post.
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Read the Washington Post’s full rebuttal of Ocasio-Cortez here.