I want universal healthcare, too. The difference is that I think building on Obamacare (ACA) is the best way to achieve it.

I agree there needs to be some help for the college debt. However, a lot of people worked their way through school or chose cheaper community colleges or state universities and thus incurred less debt; while some went to expensive schools and amassed heavy debt. It doesn’t feel fair to me for people who chose cheaper educations and fully or mostly paid as they went to have to pay off the debts of those who spent more. Isn’t this to some extent expecting those who chose to get their education through modest means to pay for others’ more expensive choices when it came to college?

It sure feels like it to me. We paid for our kids’ college and now we will help a grandson who will probably start out in community college because it’s affordable. Should taxpayers like us pay for other people’s kids who ran up debt to go to more impressive schools?

I’m not feeling it. Once we do that, then those kids are really way ahead. They got the more prestigious degree from better schools, but those who did not and scrimped through without amassing much — or any — debt are to pay for it? This is a good way to put more distance between the haves and have nots. Is it really socialist or progressive?

It sounds good when Bernie talks about it, but upon closer examination, it may not be fair at all.

Thank you so much for your response and for making me think about it more. I’d love to see the links. I could be wrong, of course, but I’m pretty sure moderates from both parties are going to elect Joe Biden. He’ll be a good president and knows his way around. He’ll surround himself with qualified and smart people, and unlike Trump, and maybe Bernie, too, he’ll listen to them. He’s a unifier and not a divider and he’s exactly what we need right now.

Former print journalist, former mayor, retired law enforcement officer. Writing about politics and government along with random personal essays.

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