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Some Unions Grow Wary of Health Law They Backed

Wall Street Journal (01/31/13) Janet Adamy; Melanie Trottman

Although labor unions were big proponents of President Obama’s health care reform plan, now that the law is being implemented, some unions are rethinking their views. Union officials say many of the law’s mandates will boost costs for their health care plans and make companies with unionized employees less competitive, particularly compared with competitors too small to come under the law’s new mandates. Some unions are advocating that their lower-paid members receive federal insurance subsidies while staying on their union-sponsored plans. However, this would drive up the cost of federal health care reform.