Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez admitted this week that Sen. Bernie Sanders may have to compromise and nix his ambitious Medicare for All plan if he is elected president.
The New York congresswoman, a staunch supporter of the more progressive single-payer healthcare system, made the revelation in an interview with HuffPost that was published Thursday.
Ocasio-Cortez noted the difficulties as president of passing legislation, especially for a politically unpopular policy like Medicare for All.
“A president can’t wave a magic wand and pass any legislation they want,” Ocasio-Cortez told the website.
If Sanders becomes president in 2020, “The worst-case scenario?” she continued, “We compromise deeply and we end up getting a public option.”
She added: “Is that a nightmare? I don’t think so.”
AOC also said in the interview, though, that compromising for a public option is not the ultimate goal for leftists like herself.