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Julia Conley

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Sunday night was among those who came to the defense of a New York City paramedic who the New York Post outed and attempted to shame in a recent article about her decision to earn extra money via nude modeling.

The progressive New York congresswoman tweeted that instead of publishing a salacious article suggesting the woman isn't adhering to "standards of personal ethics" while naming both her and her employer—reportedly against her wishes—the newspaper should have focused on "the actual scandalous headline...'Medics in the United States need two jobs to survive.'"

Written by Dean Balsamini and Susan Edelman, the Post's article detailed how Lauren Kwei—who has since spoken out publicly using her name—works for a private ambulance company that serves New York hospitals in the city's 911 system.

She graduated from an emergency medical technician program in 2018 and soon began earning $15 per hour in a city where a living wage is about $18 per hour, according to researchers at MIT.

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