Rep. Ocasio-Cortez admitted she had no actual plans for how to finance her ambitious policy agenda, which features free college, a universal basic income, and free health care, the latter alone has been estimated to cost more than $30 trillion over 10 years.
During an appearance on 60 Minutes, Ocasio-Cortez was asked how she could pay for these lofty proposals.
“No one asks how we're going to pay for this Space Force,” Ocasio-Cortez shot back. “No one asked how we paid for a $2 trillion tax cut.”
“We only ask how we pay for it on issues of housing, health care, and education,” she said.
The freshman New York congressman suggested these programs should be funded through expanding the budget deficit.
“How do we pay for it?” she asked. “With the same exact mechanisms that we pay for military increases for this Space Force. For all of these ambitious policies.”
Ocasio-Cortez bristled at the suggestion her policies are unaffordable after Anderson Cooper said even Democrats call them “unrealistic.”
“We pay more per capita in healthcare and education, for lower outcomes, than many other nations,” she responded. “And so for me, what’s unrealistic is— is what we’re living in right now.”