Publicly funded healthcare works when the healthcare PROVIDERS aren't charging the insurance (private OR public) 3 or 5 times the actual price of the service. I was talking to a guy just last night who told me that paying for his surgery was "only" about $70k compared to the $300k they would have charged his insurance (and he'd still have been stuck with 20% of that).
I'm not talking about subsidizing student loans - getting an education shouldn't require a massive student loan, subsidized or not, nor should it require parents to start a college fund the day they get the positive pregnancy test. Students should be able to afford to pay for university and their living expenses by themselves with *at most* a part-time job and come out of it without any significant debt - like it used to be in the US and still is in some other countries.
In the US, both of these things though seem to be the "free market" at work - providers of education and health are charging whatever the hell they want, and in both cases are charging amounts that are inflationary, exploitative and far beyond reason - as we already know, per capita spending on both of these things in the US is far higher than anywhere else yet the quality/outcome is far lower by comparison.
Having private education and healthcare for those who can afford it and want the extra perks (Ivy League universities, for example) but to deny those who can't afford it *any* option whatsoever (ie, no university or healthcare for you, poor person!) is not.
The average student shouldn't *have* to rely on scholarships and/or student loans just to pay for their degree even at random-state-U, but should have the option to apply for those things if they want to go for something specific.