The hallmark platform issue for Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is already in jeopardy, and his biggest supporter in Congress is not helping the matter.
Earlier this week, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) admitted that Bernie’s Medicare for All may have to be put on the backburner.
No magic wand
Bernie Sanders has been promising Medicare for All since 2015. He has promised to work with Congress to make it happen, and if they don’t do it, he will create an executive order to push it through.
Ocasio-Cortez thinks that could be a problem, though, especially if Republicans have control over one or both chambers of Congress.
She stated in a Huffington Post interview published on Thursday, “A president can’t wave a magic want and pass any legislation they want.”
“The worst-case scenario? We compromise deeply and we end up getting a public option,” she stated. “Is that a nightmare? I don’t think so.”
Ocasio-Cortez has been campaigning for Bernie Sanders for several months now, but this most recent reversal on a core Sanders issue adds fuel to the fire that Sanders may be unhappy with her performance on the campaign trail.
The Daily Wire reported, “Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir contacted Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign manager to alert them to Ocasio-Cortez’s immature behavior, specifically her decision to not even mention Sanders’ name while campaigning for him during an Iowa rally in January.”
We beg to differ
Medicare For All is THE major issue for Sanders and his presidency. If he is unable to get Medicare for All through during a term, he is absolutely going to be a one-term president.
This just goes to show how little freshman Rep. Ocasio-Cortez understands the political world.
Consider how much heat Donald Trump has been getting for only having replaced the deteriorating border wall instead of building new stretches of the wall — even though this funding was just secured, per a recent White House report.
The same would apply to Sanders because this is by far the main issue that he has been pushing ever since he announced his campaign. Sanders himself hasn’t indicated that he’s willing to back down on the issue, so it’s unlikely that Ocasio-Cortez’s comments will be looked upon kindly by Sanders’ campaign.