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Joe BidenCongratulations to our presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden!

Response to Vidal (Original post)

Fri May 31, 2019, 11:59 AM

57. He supports the public option on healthcare, which allows anyone to buy into Medicare if they so

 

choose, or keep their private insurance if that is the route they so desire. This is exactly were I stand on the issue, so that is a BIG plus for Biden with me.

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/441232-biden-calls-for-giving-everyone-the-choice-to-buy-into-medicare

"Whether you're covered through your employer or on your own or not, you all should have a choice to be able to buy into a public option plan for Medicare," Biden said in a speech in Pittsburgh, the first major address of his presidential campaign, which he announced last week.
"Your choice," Biden added. "And if the insurance company isn't doing the right thing by you, you should have another choice."




I would have added he supports a 4 year tuition free public university education, which is what he came out in favour of in 2015:

Biden Calls for 4 Years of Free College

https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/10/22/biden-calls-for-4-years-of-free-college

"I believe we have to level the playing field for the American people," Biden said. "And that's going to take access to education and opportunity to work."

"We need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children," he said, adding two years to the president's previous proposal of free community college for all.

"We all know that 12 years of public education is not enough," Biden continued. "As a nation, let's make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education a hundred years ago."



But unfortunately, he is now only saying that he will push for only making community college free, not a 4 year degree, and not even the first 2 years of the 4 year degree if those 2 years are not at a junior college. He even claims that this 'cuts the cost of a 4 year degree in half' but that is not entirely true at all.

You would be forced to go to a far less rigorous school (that may not even offer your major) just to get the savings, and IF millions of people did that, then that will strip the actual 4 year (and beyond, ie Masters and PhD-granting ones, etc) schools of massive tuition, which they will in turn make up for by RAISING tuition at those schools for those of us who do not want to go the community college route. Also, the community college infrastructure is simply not equipped to handle a massive influx of millions of new students.

Very disappointed he has backed off his 2015 stance. I truly hope he takes a further look at this. The average total cost of a public 4 year degree (in state) including all tuition, fees, room, board, and supplies is now over $100,000 gross. It has doubled in the last 11 or 12 years, so if that rate of increase continues, then we are looking at $200K total gross cost by 2031 or 2032. An eight year PhD at a top, prestigious, private school, in 2031 or 2032 or so, if they have the same rates of increase, will cost around $1.5 million gross when all expenses are included. That is utterly unsustainable.

If I were to vote in a presidential
primary today, I would vote for:
Joe Biden

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