Imho, if the government wants to provide free college (or healthcare) then they should create govt hospitals and universities and fix the cost. I feel like there are many state funded hospitals and colleges so they can start there. But I don't want them to just start opening up the check book and paying for everything. That will just inflate the price.
All the schools shutting down and going to online made me think - what if "free college" was an accredited online program only? Do you think that goes over like a lead balloon with the Bernie Bros?
It's really the only fair and practical option, right? Books are still pretty expensive, and maybe you need some supplemental class room time. Doesn't work as well in some disciplines, probably.
But the idea someone gets a "free" $70k per year to study art history at Columbia is neither fair nor practical. Then pay your own way to Columbia, or choose the free online program that only the poor and stupid take....and you're inherently "rigging the system" even more!