Federal student loan takeover attached to health care bill -- what could go wrong? 

Well, Democrats may be lacking votes but they're certainly not lacking in chutzpah:

Democratic Congressional leaders struck a tentative agreement on Thursday that breathes new life into President Obama’s proposed overhaul of federal student loan programs.

The deal would bundle the bill into an expedited budget package along with the Democratic health care legislation, which would allow for both measures to be passed by the Senate on a simple majority vote. Without the deal, the student loan bill would have been unlikely to pass because it lacked the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster.

I can't imagine that this will be viewed as anything other than an arrogant move, and one that would diminish the chances of health care reform being passed even more.

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