Will Dems add student-loan takeover to ObamaCare?

Ed Morrissey
HotAir.com
3/9/2010

As if they didn’t have enough problems in jamming a government reordering of the American health-care system already, Democrats plan to add another nationalization program to the bill. The Hill reported last night that Democrats want to “twin” the ObamaCare and student-loan bills to get them both passed and off the table:

Senate Democratic leaders have decided to pair an overhaul of federal student lending with healthcare reform, according to a Democratic official familiar with negotiations.

“It’s going in,” said the Democratic source, in reference to the student lending measure.

But leaders may have to reverse themselves if they receive strong pushback from Democratic colleagues who represent states where lenders employ hundreds of constituents.

Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), said no final decision has been made.

“We’re still looking at the options,” Manley said.

The only way this makes sense is if the Democrats want an excuse for a failure to pass ObamaCare. Some of the Democrats supporting the health-care bill already oppose the nationalization of the student-loan industry. Adding them together won’t increase support for either program, but more likely will decrease support for a bill that’s already choking on its own massive size.

Why does Reid need to twin these bills?…The Wall Street Journal reminds Senators just how bad this bill will be..

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