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Student Loan vs. Healthcare Policies

WASHINGTON - SHELDON H. LASKIN
Adjunct professor of law in the University of Baltimore's Graduate
Tax Program, where he teaches state and local tax, Laskin said today:
"One of the ironies of the health insurance reform bill is the two
dramatically different positions the administration and Congress took on
single-payer health insurance as contrasted with single-payer student
loans, which were married together in the reconciliation process. Where
the student loan program was concerned, Congress correctly abolished any
role for the private sector in direct lending to students. In other
words, Congress adopted single-payer student loans. But for healthcare,
Congress retained for-profit insurance companies as the middleman in
healthcare."

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