Public option is a government provided
good or service that’s available to anyone and comes at a reasonable price
and it coexists with private market options. Public swimming pool is a public option. Some people have private swimming pools. Public library is a public option.
We at Vanderbilt have a private library. Public golf courses, public basketball
courts, public schools. Some people send their kids to private schools. We have
public options all over the place in our society. Public options can be really
helpful for expanding economic opportunity. Take public transit for
example. Public transit helps a lot of people go to work. That makes it easier
for people to live in different places and be able to get to their employers. So
public options are also really important for expanding freedom and equality in
our society. One great place for a public option going forward is broadband
internet. About a quarter of rural America there’s no option for broadband
internet. And what this means is it’s really hard for people to connect to the
economy, to connect to other people, even to connect to things like telemedicine.
So in rural areas a public option for broadband could be really really useful.