You would think that SpaceX put up all that money by its lonesome self when 240 million came from NASA. So, at the best, this is a public/private venture. This is a bit like saying we should have left the interstate highway system or rail system out of government hands and said to private companies, "You build it with your own funds." Never would have happened. Time and again private companies have piggybacked on government initiatives just like the Chinese piggyback on U.S. inventions. Now before any of you go ballistic about government waste, I will concede that point but wonder what cost plus contracts demanded by private companies mean in that context.
On balance, while they would score some debating points, I think they would lose. But, a good thought to get us thinking especially since ORB news is so infrequent. Nice bounce back from recent declines in ORB today.