Republicans warned of so-called "death panels" during their fearmongering over President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act years ago, but those panels already exist within the private sector, says to Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
"Actually, we have for-profit 'death panels' now: they are companies + boards saying you’re on your own bc they won’t cover a critical procedure or medicine," she wrote in a back-and-forth with the president of a conservative think tank on Twitter.
"Maybe if the GOP stopped hiding behind this 'socialist' rock they love to throw, they’d actually engage on-issue for once."
Ocasio-Cortez made the comment during a back-and-forth with Jim Hanson, the president of Security Studies Group, regarding the merits of government-run healthcare.
"Nice try," Hanson wrote in reply to Ocasio-Cortez's assertion that death panels exist. "But commercial insurance gives people choices about what coverages they want & decide to pay for."
"Your single payer nightmare will replace that with a one size fits none 'choice' decided by faceless bureaucrats," he wrote. "Coverage for all. Treatment for few."
Sarah Palin popularized the term “death panels” in 2009 in reference to the ACA, which quickly caught on among Republicans and entered the public vernacular.