Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, raised in Soviet country, says it’s ‘crazy’ for Americans to want socialism here

28 December, 2020 – Marisa Schultz | Fox News

The Indiana Republican wants to work on health care reforms to combat the Left’s Medicare-for-All movement.

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz grew up in Soviet-controlled Ukraine and saw the “misery” that occurs when socialism fails. So the incoming GOP representative is alarmed by how the left, especially young people, ave embraced socialism here in America as a solution. 

She left Ukraine at the age of 21 for America for the promise of love and new opportunities. Yet 21 years later, Spartz says her journey has come “full circle” as socialism is again at her doorstep. 

“[I’m] going full circle in my 42 years of life. It’s unbelievable for me,” Spartz, R-Ind., told Fox News in a recent interview in Washington. “Of all of the countries in the world, our country put so much against this utopic socialistic idea that it’s crazy for me to see how quickly we made the turn to the left.”

Spartz has found allies with other incoming GOP freshmen Reps.-elect Carlos Gimenez and Maria Elvira Salazar, both of Florida, and Rep.-elect Nicole Malliotakis of New York, whose parents fled socialist Cuba for a better life in America. Dubbed the “Freedom Force,” these anti-socialism crusaders intend to share their family experiences to counter Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and her “Squad.”

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind.

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind. (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress)

“I personally lived in a socialist system,” Spartz, an Indiana state senator, told Fox News. “I just didn’t hear about it from my family. … I grew up in the strongest socialistic system that ever existed. The Soviet Union was probably the most advanced socialistic system. It was building communism.”

Spartz, who will succeed GOP Rep. Susan Brooks in the 5th Congressional District, says she’s alarmed by young people freely calling themselves “Marxists” and preaching “collective responsibility” and “collectivism.” 

She finds it “strange” that young people would welcome more government and suppression of individuality when youth typically desire freedom and “no one telling them what to do.”

Young people may not understand that big government is what creates the income inequalities they loathe, she said. Too many regulations and taxes are barriers for entry for middle-class individuals to start their own businesses and to find prosperity. Less centralized government, she says, leads to more opportunities.

“It’s just strange to me how quickly these ideas can [take hold] especially for young people,” said Spartz, a wife and mother of two daughters. 

“A lot of those kids [say], ‘I’m Marxists.’ I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me? Do you even know what it means?'”

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., with her husband, Jason, and two daughters. (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress)

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., with her husband, Jason, and two daughters. (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress)

Spartz earned her bachelor’s degree and MBA in Ukraine at the National University of Economics. While she was in college she met Indiana native Jason Spartz on a train in Europe and they started dating. He’s the son of a military veteran and a German-born mother. He proposed marriage and Spartz came to the United States with one suitcase (that was lost during a layover in New York) and started her American dream.

In Indiana, she furthered her education, became a CPA and taught at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Spartz started her own businesses, including financial consulting and farming and real estate investments. 

She became a U.S. citizen and got involved in local politics, including helping to found the Hamilton County Tea Party and becoming president of the Hamilton County Republican Women’s Club.

She made the leap to political official in 2017 when her local state senator retired. And in November, she won a coveted open seat in Congress that Democrats had targeted to flip. Spartz loaned her campaign more than $1 million in the competitive race and beat Democrat Christina Hale 50-46% in the district that includes the north side of Indianapolis and its suburbs.

Photo courtesy of Victoria Spartz for Congress

Photo courtesy of Victoria Spartz for Congress

Now, Spartz is focused on doing the hard work of improving health care and getting down into the nitty-gritty of policymaking.

Spartz says the Republican Party must take some responsibility for American’s embrace of leftist ideas because if the GOP doesn’t deliver solutions and results, especially on affordable health care, constituents are disappointed and look elsewhere.

“I think the Republican Party has to do a better job delivering policies because what’s happened when we do a lot of talk, like in health care, and don’t do the work and don’t deliver a solution … we know then people get frustrated with us. They say, ‘Well, all these people just talk’ and then they vote for the other side,” Spartz said.

“A lot of people on the Democrat side move to the very extreme left, to very crazy ideas,” Spartz added. “And I think it’s important for us to do a better job so people trust us and not really get brainwashed with utopic crazy ideas. They are easy to sell, but when they fail, it hits hard.”

Spartz talks of the exhausting work she did in the Indiana state Senate to make improvements to health care. It took a lot of energy just to make incremental changes because, like a balloon, if you touch one part of the health care system here, another issue pops up there, she said.

She authored or co-authored several bills that focused on cost disclosure and limiting health care monopolies, she said. “We have a monopoly problem in health care, we don’t have a competition problem,” she said.

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz R-Ind. (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress)

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz R-Ind. (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress) (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress)

She said she wrote her own bills with advice from attorneys because it was important to her to be an expert on each line of the legislation. 

“I do [it] because I understand every word matters,” she said.

Four of the 2020 health care bills she co-wrote were signed into law, including legislation to improve price transparency on health care services. Another bill Spartz authored that passed only the Senate would have required the state to study the feasibility of restructuring the Medicaid program to a block grant and starting a consumer-driven Medicaid pilot program.

Her overall belief is that the federal government should relinquish control over health care and allow states to have more flexibility to set up innovative models for care.

She firmly rejects the Democratic socialist push for “Medicare-for-All,” saying single-payer health care would be disastrous for seniors and would lead to health care rationing. 

“A government takeover of health care … is very bad,” Spartz said. “I mean it’s fatal to quality. The government can control price but it will be terrible for innovation and quality. Only competition brings more innovation and value.”

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., with her husband, Jason, and two daughters. (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress)

Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., with her husband, Jason, and two daughters. (Courtesy Victoria Spartz for Congress)

Spartz jokes she may need a “mental health checkup” for wanting to tackle health care in Congress. But the dysfunction in Washington cannot carry on any longer because it’s preventing state action, too, she said.

“We can have the greatest legislation in the state of Indiana, but 85% of health care is controlled at the federal level right now,” she said.

U.S. 5th Congressional District Republican candidate Victoria Spartz waits to greet voters at a polling place in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Spartz faced Democratic candidate Christina Hale. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

U.S. 5th Congressional District Republican candidate Victoria Spartz waits to greet voters at a polling place in Indianapolis, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Spartz faced Democratic candidate Christina Hale. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

“I truly believe most Americans and most businesses do not believe that government control of health care is good for anyone,” Spartz said. “And I’ll tell you, it’s not very good for seniors.”

Meanwhile, Spartz says she doesn’t want to go back to the “collective” idea of a society that was ingrained in her growing up in socialist Ukraine, saying individuals shouldn’t be on the hook for others. 

“I don’t want to be responsible for my husband!” she quipped.

49 comments

  • Victoria will be an important voice in Congress and in Ukraine.

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    • Off topic: Redders, do you believe the claims of Trump and his inner circle about election fraud? It seems to me that they are valid, but even supporters like Newsmax, New York Post etc have thrown in the towel. Assume you live in a Red state; what’s the vibe there?

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      • My State has been purple for many years. There is a lot of illegal activities surrounding this election but it would take a lot of time to sort it out through the courts and that’s not going to happen. News orgs should be curious though, how on earth does Obama get 66 million votes, Hillary 63 million votes and the ancient guy that doesn’t remember who his wife is and couldn’t get 100 people to a campaign event gets 81 million? I think most Republicans gave up because they love their country and don’t want to hurt it. That sentiment would be reversed though if it was the other way around, everything would be burning.

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        • Has yours swung to IRA Joe? Or did the GOP hold on? Agree 100% about the burning and looting.
          As you know I dislike Trump on the Ukrainian issues, but from a UK perspective I don’t want the Dems. I think he should continue his campaign if hard evidence can be confirmed.

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          • I think things would have been better and Trump would have gone after Putin except for the baseless allegations about Russia “stealing” the election. Though they did interfere, it had little to do with the result. Americans are usually repulsed by foreigners’ opinions on our politics. If Trump would have slapped down the little shirtless scab, the media would have taken credit for it. After all, its the M.O. of the hard left to accuse the other side of what they are doing themselves. Hillary bought Russian disinformation so they had to accuse Trump of it and the media was pulled by the nose to support the Leftists.

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      • As a former election worker that was trained in the process I saw the the changers made by state Governors and secretaries as creating a nightmare. Firsts only state legislatures have the authority to change election procedure and not one else. Second mas mailing of ballots has been proven more than once over decades as the most insecure method. Add to that more votes cast than registered voters, no signature verifications and throwing legal observers out of counting areas are just a few of the irregularities and illegal actions taken in too many states.

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  • The leftist-liberals should be banned to live in mafia land for a year or two. I think they’d be healed from this despicable disease.

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  • The reason for this cancer is the same as Britain: you would struggle hard to find a college professor who does not have views similar to those of Bernie the Bolshevik or ‘the squad’.
    They have been poisoning impressionable minds for decades.

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    • Exactly right and even in high school they are substituting history classes for gender studies as an example. Most people only need 2 seconds to study gender but the hard left insists on years of study….and confusion, starting when children are just 10 years old.

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    • Bernie and the Squad want a system much like the Scandinavian model, and what’s wrong with that? I live here in Sweden and can’t find many similarities with a Bolshevik system?

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      • The Scandis have a social contract: their citizens are willing to pay enormously high taxes in return for a socialist welfare state with socialised medicine. It works as long as you have a homogeneous society, but now you have brought in vast numbers of hostiles whose fecundity is matched only by their fecklessness, that social contact will start to wear down and far right putlerite parties will start to gain traction.
        Bernie is highly intelligent and a passionate supporter of blm; a violent, racist, supremacist street thug outfit whose founders are openly Marxist. He had his honeymoon in Yaroslavl, likes to hang out with supporters of scum regimes like Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela etc and particularly likes to sit round the campfire with gullible commie-friendly students singing Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger songs! He’s a committed Marxist-Leninist masquerading as a democratic socialist. The squad are an evil blend of commies, terror-lovers and Sharia law advocates. They condemn themselves with their own words. Remember this one from Omar (about 9/11) : ‘some people did some things’.
        America is a capitalist society built on self-reliance. It is very different to Scandinavia. Its economy is the motor that drives the global economy. Without that system, it and the world would quickly go down the pan. It is the tax from enormous corporations and SME’s that keep the welfare systems in countries like America and Britain going. The left always occupy positions in the government sector because their jobs are secure, their pensions gold-plated and their stress levels are low, because they know that their sinecures are funded by people with real jobs.
        The last Democrat president to be admired was JFK. Can you imagine today’s dreck ever uttering JFK’s immortal words:
        “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country!”

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        • Tax in Scandinavia, and England, include most of your medical treatment. You must include all the costs of insurance in other countries as a tax to make a comparison. Since a lot of people can’t afford to have an insurance, or an insurance that don’t cover enough, that will have an influence on your life expectancy. Poverty and high costs = Lower life expectancy as seen in this diagram
          https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/life-expectancy-vs-health-expenditure?stackMode=absolute&minPopulationFilter=1000000&time=1990..2015&country=DNK~NOR~SWE~USA~FIN

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          • Cradle to grave healthcare is a wonderful thing! If you are prepared to pay for it out of taxes! In Britain (let’s just forget about Covid for now) the NHS is actually very good indeed if you are very ill. If you are not so ill, it’s crap; you get messed around all over the place and wait so long that you really get ill! Plus the NHS has to waste massive resources on arseholes who get drunk or drugged up every week and need emergency care. It also wastes £billions treating foreigners who have no right to treatment and no reciprocal arrangements with their countries of origin. Hence eg: huge numbers of heavily pregnant women from eg Africa, fly into Britain, have their baby, never return and spend the rest of their lives on welfare funded by the taxpayers.
            If America becomes a socialist country as Bernie wants, it will be economically defeated by the Chicoms. The San Francisco mafia of Kamala and Pelosi will be running the show next year and will start giving out passports to millions of third worlders, thus transforming America into a third world-type one party state. If that’s what they want, so be it. But it will be bad for them and bad for the world.
            San Francisco under their control has transformed from one of the most beautiful cities in the world to a high crime shithole with homeless people doing drugs, doing violence and shitting in the streets. That’s the Dem business model for America!

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      • The Scandinavian example simply proves that leftist-liberal propaganda and brainwashing is easiest there than elsewhere. Can you say “I am a non-thinking sheep”?

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        • It’s only in one country you’ll find 74 million sheeps following their dear leader, it’s what we call a cult. Not very different from what you found in Germany in the 30’s 😉
          https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/you-evolving/202011/can-trumps-followers-be-called-cult
          “Many of Donald Trump’s supporters were looking for someone to shake things up and provide them with an in-group to join. While some don’t believe that Mr. Trump and his followers comprise a cult, in my view, the group fulfills the criteria typically used in sociological, religious, and psychological circles to identify a cult.”

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          • If you want to see a real cult without exceptions, look at the hard left Antifa/Socialists/BLM that burn and murder for an ideology. NONE of that happens from the Right. Facts.

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          • So what? This is only an opinion. You can find more than enough “experts” who are willing to sacrifice democracy for their sick leftist doctrines.

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            • Democracy Index 2019
              Top 5
              Rank Country Score
              1 Norway 9.87
              2 Iceland 9.58
              3 Sweden 9.39
              4 New Zealand 9.26
              5 ↑ 3 Finland 9.25
              https://www.eiu.com/topic/democracy-index

              How come that all the left-leaning countries end up on the top of the Democracy index, and the US as a flawed democracy? 😉

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              • Maybe because those making the list have been properly indoctrinated?

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                • And the moon is a yellow cheese 😉

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                  • No, the moon is Mozerella … it is clearly whitish in color.

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                    • The funny thing is that you can criticize Europe day in and day out, but if anyone dares to criticize the United States, then they are socialists or communists 😀

                      But the US is always the , even here they top the statistic 😉
                      https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/poverty-rate-60-of-median-lis-key-figures?country=DNK~FRA~DEU~NOR~SWE~GBR~USA

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                    • I criticize the US too. The funny thinng is, it’s people like you who make the following scenario a reality sometime in the future. A school in, let’s say Stockholm 2045: The teacher tells his Muslim and negroid students, “There once used to be an indeginius people that lived here. They were called Swedes. They were self-destructive. Their leftist-liberal doctrines propegated self-immolation through the back door. These cowards were the first to die when we finally took over. Then their churches and fag communities.”

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                    • I doubt there are many in Norway or Sweden that think like Knut does and hate America. Who knows why he hates America, maybe he’s just a miserable person that hates everything he’s unfamiliar with and ignorant about?

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                    • Since you criticize Ukraine every day I can assume you hate the country? You’re a strange one 😉

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                    • Almost the same that happened to the indigenous people in the US when all the white assholes arrived from Europe 😀

                      Happy new year Facts!

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                    • That’s true except I refuse to call them assholes. It was a very different time with very different values. It seems that you and others like you have not learned the lessons from history and are willing to commit the same mistakes.
                      Happy New Year to you too, Knut!

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                    • You’re living in the worlds biggest melting pot, people from all over the world, with different religions. In 25 years the white people will be a minority in the US and a lot will change, or will we see a new civil war to stay in power?

                      One factor which often affects a ‘quick look’ at Swedish immigration statistics is that Swedes returning from having lived abroad for a few years are counted as ‘immigrants’. Then you’ve very large groups of Finns, immigrants from Poland, Norway and Denmark and other western countries. It’s not so many Muslims as you seems to believe. From Syria approx 200.000 people, that’s the biggest group now. I’m not afraid that Sweden will be very different in the future from what it is today.

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                    • I’m confident that when whites are a minority in the US, we will really go to shits. A look at the countries where many migrants come from leaves no hope for a betterment. I hope that in this case we will fight to get our country back.
                      As for Muslim and African immigrants in Sweden, they will also fail to improve the country’s social, economic and political climate. Indeed, they are mostly a burden as they are in every other country they invade.
                      Having said that, I can’t understand the need or want to have incompatible peoples. Isn’t it high-time for them to make something decent out of their own countries instead of flooding western countries to mooch off the indeginious population and worse?

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                    • All you have to do is look at our major cities to see what a white, working minority would look like nationally. Crime, poverty, teen mothers, socialism, victim mongering, racial strife and godlessness.

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                    • Exactly. And, a look at other countries fulfills the picture of what awaits us. When I ask a liberal in which African country he or she would voluntarily move to, they are quickly out of arguments. There aren’t many others in other continents either that would be desirable places to live in. Poverty, corruption, dirt and violence is what you’d get.

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            • He’s just a sour anti-American Norwegian in the extreme minority. Some people just get their kicks throwing mud at number one.

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      • Do you have no police in Scandinavia? Do you have a $2,000 a month allowance for those that don’t work? Do you have open borders and no immigration laws? Do you have free college for everyone? Do you have free doctors and medicine for everyone? That’s all for a start from the American Bolsheviks that think money grows on trees and nobody has to work.

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        • Of course we’ve police, unarmed in Norway, armed i Sweden.

          Yes, people that are out of work during the pandemic has a compensation, read here:

          Our borders are mostly open but with immigration laws. We’ve free education including university. A visit to the doctor will cost approx $10. You’ve to pay for medicine up to $200, then it’s free for 12 months (Sweden).

          Then I guess we fulfill your definition of a Bolshevik state 😀

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          • Those numbers are not accurate at all. There are unemployment benefits for everyone and even thousands in stimulus and pandemic bonuses. Haven’t you been paying attention? Or are you still led by the nose by memes and partisan tweets? I already know the answer…..

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            • Where do you see endless lines with cars of hungry people in Europe, millions that fear for evictions where the next step is living on the street with their family?

              I have personally helped several people via gofundme that are desperat. As one lady with disabilities that had lost her job and couldn’t pay her rent. Living under a bridge in a wheelchair wasn’t an alternative for her.

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