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Obama Ties A Ribbon Around Health Care Reform


But, less-noticed, is that the legislation contains a completely separate section, creating sweeping reforms to the student loan industry, removing for-profit lenders as middlemen between students and federal assistance, and saving the government billions of dollars a year.

Ahead of the signing, Obama described these twin achievements--health care, and student loan reform--as "two major victories in one week that will improve lives of our people for generations to come."

Democrats will now continue a two-pronged post-health care strategy: selling the reforms they just enacted while vigorously pursuing a major overhaul of the financial sector on Capitol Hill.

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