Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) "isn't broken" and blasted the Trump administration's efforts to privatize parts of the system. 

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it," said the 29-year-old freshman lawmaker, arguing the VA provides "some of the highest quality" health care for veterans.

"They are trying to fix the VA for pharmaceutical companies, they are trying to fix the VA for insurance corporations, and, ultimately they are trying to fix the VA for a for-profit health care industry that does not put people or veterans first," she said. "And so we have a responsibility to protect it."



Responding on "America's Newsroom" Wednesday, the executive director of Concerned Veterans for America said Ocasio-Cortez is "off-base" and is making a "straw man argument" about privatization of the VA. 

Dan Caldwell touted the Trump administration's efforts to reform the VA through new legislation called the VA Mission Act, explaining that the implementation of the new policies is underway. 

"You're seeing more people like Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez in Congress and outside trying to stop that bill and the implementation of it and keep veterans trapped, in many cases, in failing VA hospitals," said Caldwell.

He explained that there are many veterans getting high-quality care, as Ocasio-Cortez stated, but there also many cases where the system isn't working and more choice for veterans is needed.

Watch the full interview above.


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