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I have used the word "free" in the sense that there would be no fees associated with use of the services whether it is free health care or free college tuition. Of course, nothing is free. The costs are just absorbed by the tax payer much the same as free use of roads requires tax payers to build and maintain those roads.
I support affordable universal health care, and we have plenty of options besides Berniecare. I also support initiatives to make college tuition more affordable and available to those who want to attend college to pursue a career. However, even in Germany, "free college" is not without controversy.
Germany proves tuition-free college is not a silver bullet for America’s education woes
"Two years after the last few German universities went tuition-free, Germans are almost equally split about the idea. According to a survey conducted earlier this year by the Ifo Center for the Economics of Education at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, 44% of Germans are in favor of re-imposing tuition, while 46% want to keep things as they are.
"Interestingly, when informed that university graduates earn 40% more than those with a vocational education, the proportion of respondents who support bringing back tuition rises to 50%. And an even higher 60% like the idea of requiring students to pay for their tuition after graduating as a portion of their incomes, a model similar to systems in England and Australia."
I have said this before. We need to expand programs to make college more affordable for those who otherwise are locked out of the system because of income. But I also believe every student should have "skin in the game" to incentivize them and to not take their education for granted.
That skin in the game could be methods of paying back their tuition costs with community service or other means.