The Obama administration and Congressional Democrats want to include a federal takeover of the student loan industry and an "vast" expansion of federal aid to college students (which, of course, will be passed through as tuition to overwhelmingly Democratic college faculty members) as part of a health bill, the Washington Post reports. This seems like another way to demonize, those who vote against the bill -- not only do they want to deny health insurance to cancer victims because they are tools of the health insurance lobby, but they also want to deny college educations to the poor because they are tools of the banking industry lobby.
Senator Harkin, Democrat of Iowa, offered his own explanation for wrapping the student loan issue into health care: "Who knows whether or not we'll be able to get a budget through this year? If we don't, that will be the end of it. If we don't do this now ... I don't know when we'll ever get to it again. This is the opportune time to do it now."