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Pres. Donald Trump sides with AOC in saying the VA is 'doing great'


The congresswoman was heavily criticized for her opinion

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President Donald Trump took the side of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) regarding the effectiveness of the Department of Veterans Affairs, which both politicians say is doing well, according to The HIll.

Ocasio-Cortez was criticized for saying that the VA was working fine for veterans and didn't need to be fixed.

"[T]here's some things that we're hearing today, there's some themes we've got coming out, and especially when it comes to the VA, all I can think of is that classic refrain that my parents always told me growing up," Ocasio-Cortez said last week during a New York City town hall. "Which is that, 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it.'"

Ocasio-Cortez said the VA provides high-quality care, and that those who are trying to "fix" it are seeking to do so to the benefit of private insurance companies.

"But who are they trying to fix it for, is the question we've got to ask," she said. "And this is who they're trying to fix it for. They're trying to fix the VA for insurance companies. They're trying to fix it for insurance corporations, and ultimately they're trying to fix the VA for the for-profit health care industry that does not put people or veterans first."

President Trump on Twitter backed up the freshman congresswoman in a Wednesday post.

"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct, the VA is not broken, it is doing great," Trump wrote. "But that is only because of the Trump Administration. We got Veterans Choice & Accountability passed."

The VA, by many standards, is not "doing great," however. The Government Accountability Office flagged it as a "high risk" agency, citing vulnerability to fraud and mismanagement and pointing to inconsistency in the wait times for veterans to receive service, among other issues.

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