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We can't do this to our kids
The government will make $51 billion in profit off of federal student loans this year.
That's five times the money Google made in profit in 2012. In fact, it's more than any Fortune 500 company made last year.
It's obscene. Our government should help students who are trying to get an education, not figure out ways to squeeze more money out of them.
This week, the Senate will be voting one more time on a bill to freeze the interest rate on new Stafford student loans at 3.4% while Congress works out a long-term student debt solution. A majority of senators support the bill, but so far, the Senate Republicans have blocked an up-or-down vote.
I have been speaking out on this issue, and I'm writing today to ask you to join me. Tell the Senate to stop playing politics with our kids' futures and to give the student loan bill an up-or-down vote.
Students owe more than $1 trillion in student loan debt – more than all the credit card debt in the entire country.
But they didn't go on a shopping spree at the mall -- they did exactly what we told them to do. They worked hard, they played by the rules, and they got an education.
Too many of those kids must delay buying a home because they can't save for a down payment. They delay starting a small business because they can't get a loan. They delay putting anything away for their retirement because their exploding student loan debt is making it impossible for them to save. They delay their start on life -- and all the while, the government rakes in more and more profits.
I was ashamed when the interest rate on student loans doubled last week. Not just as a United States Senator, but as a teacher, a mother, and a grandmother. We should do better for our students.
Students don't have an army of lobbyists demanding a better deal. They don't have millions of dollars for a splashy public relations campaign to shame our elected officials and to get the media's attention.
It's going to take all of us working together -- people all across the country saying, "We can't do this to our kids." And that starts with you, right now.
Tell the Senate: Give the student loan bill an up-or-down vote.
Thank you, and keep fighting!
What Republicans want to take away
Elizabeth had an op-ed printed in the MetroWest Daily News today, explaining why it's so important for Massachusetts residents to keep the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare").
The Affordable Care Act is already helping families in the Commonwealth. Together, these reforms make families safer. Better health care coverage means more people will get preventive care — and that means catching serious problems earlier when outcomes are better and treatments are cheaper. Better health care coverage also means that when someone receives a bad diagnosis, the family won’t be crushed financially. And helping small businesses pay for health care premiums also means that they can compete against bigger businesses on a more level playing field.
Scott Brown: "Obamacare is bad law"
Scott Brown doesn't spend a lot of time talking about the issues.
But he is very clear on one position: Scott Brown wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
When Scott Brown ran in the special election in 2010, he promised to be the 41st vote against health care reform. And he's still promising to repeal it.
Take a look at his website:
The Affordable Care Act isn't about politics. It's about making sure people with cancer or heart disease can get health insurance. It's about stopping discrimination against women and people with pre-existing conditions. It's about ending lifetime insurance caps, and closing the donut hole for seniors' prescription drugs.
Every American deserves access to quality, affordable health care.
So tell us, Senator Brown:
- Why do you want to repeal a law that closes the donut hole so seniors can afford prescription drugs?
- Why do you want to repeal a law that lets young people stay on their parents' insurance until age 26?
- Why do you want to repeal a law that gives tax breaks to small businesses who provide health care to their employees?
- And why do you want to repeal a law that prevents insurance companies from discriminating against women?
Massachusetts led the way in health reform, and we will continue to lead to reduce health care costs and ensure a level playing field for middle class families -- whether Scott Brown likes it or not.