…if President Obama’s speechwriter knew anything about the history of higher education, he or she would realize that his example actually supports the fears of the President’s opponents.
…to claim that the federal government’s support of the public option did not “in any way” inhibit the development of private education is both disingenuous and contrary to the facts. Federal funding of the public education option radically altered America’s higher education landscape.
Furthermore, if the public health care option follows the example of higher education, one could expect that it will blossom into the primary and dominant option. In addition, while there may be a vibrant private option, if higher education serves as any guide, it will only be for those wealthy enough to afford it or those with particular sorts or intellectual, moral or religious convictions about health care.