As an informed college student who was picked to attend the Democratic debate held Thursday night at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, I have some thoughts on what was said by both the candidates.
The debate touched on many issues close to my heart, one of which is about universal health care. Bernie Sanders compared America to other countries where healthcare is guaranteed, like the U.K., where the people spend three times less per capita and 50 percent less than in France. I appreciate the comparisons because America has more wealth than these countries. Shouldnâ€™t we be able to have healthcare available for everyone? Should we really have the highest prescription prices in the world, as Sanders pointed out? A whopping 29 million people without coverage is rather staggering.
While Sanders wants to copy other countries, Clinton felt Sanders should solely focus on ours even though their system works better. Although Sanders wants to build healthcare coverage from the bottom up, Clinton just wants to focus on the 10 percent not being covered currently which makes more sense in her eyes. However, if something isnâ€™t working incredibly well, why finish it? Why not create a healthcare plan thatâ€™s great than rather than just mediocre?
To get good healthcare, you need a good job. To get a good job, you need a college degree â€“ which costs thousands and thousands of dollars. The ever increasing tuition rate is a problem for many students including myself. Clinton says she has a compact which would give students debt free tuition, which sounds great compared to what we have now. Iâ€™m personally $20,000 in the hole currently so this idea sounds pretty good. Her plan would cost 35 billion.
However, Sanders proposed that, sinceÂ we bailed out Wall Street, they should pay a tax so public colleges and universities are tuition free. "We bailed them out. Now it is their time to help the middle class," he argued. Sanders also mentioned that having a college degree…Read more...