Debating health care and education
Last night, President Barack Obama made an interesting analogy in his address to Congress on health care. He suggested that those without insurance be able to get it through a not-for-profit public option that would be available through an insurance exchange.
The idea, he said, is similar to the system we have in this country for public and private education. "It would also keep pressure on private insurers to keep their policies affordable and treat their customers better, the same way public colleges and universities provide additional choice and competition to students without in any way inhibiting a vibrant system of private colleges and universities," the president said.
Does this analogy work? Is there competition between private and public colleges and universities and public and parochial or private schools? Are educational standards raised by that competition?