College can't be free because then it would become as collectivist and worthless as basic education already is. Everyone needs basic education but not everyone needs to be in college. That some people, who should be in college, have trouble getting in is not to conclude to water it down for everyone.Sanders was in favor of public funding for college students. He believed that "we live in a highly competitive global economy and, if our economy is to be strong, we need the best-educated work force in the world." He further maintained that many developed nations in Western Europe have long taken this approach to higher education. Sanders expected his plan to meet strong opposition from the Republican Party, but said it was ultimately "the American people" who would determine its failure or success.
Even Jordan Peterson has said because some universities are funded on the basis of bringing in as much people as possible it backfires because they waste peoples time. If you have zero barrier for entry you fill the universities with tons of people who should not be in college. If anything you should actually be barred from entering and only the capable people should be identified and funded. It would do many people more good if they worked a basic job first than stumbling around in the fantasy realm that is college.
The other things are just as collectivist as you would expect from a true state socialist.
Sanders was a staunch supporter of a universal health care system, and said, "if you are serious about real healthcare reform, the only way to go is single‑payer". He advocated lowering the cost of drugs that are high because they remain under patent for years; some drugs that cost thousands of dollars per year in the U.S. are available for hundreds, or less, in countries where they can be obtained as generics.
A cornerstone of Sanders's campaign was to fight the decreasing income of the middle class and the increase of wealth inequality:
What we have seen is that while the average person is working longer hours for lower wages, we have seen a huge increase in income and wealth inequality, which is now reaching obscene levels. ... This is a rigged economy, which works for the rich and the powerful, and is not working for ordinary Americans ... You know, this country just does not belong to a handful of billionaires.
In July 2015 Sanders introduced legislation that would incrementally increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2020. On November 10, 2015, Sanders joined striking Senate cafeteria workers at a "Fight for $15" rally in Washington DC and voiced support for the movement.