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AFL-CIO Resolution Calls for Changes in Obamacare Provisions

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 12:31 PM

By Dan Weil

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The AFL-CIO may vote on a resolution at its convention Wednesday calling for changes in the Affordable Care Act to help ensure that union workers can retain the non-profit healthcare plans that they currently have.

The draft resolution, which has sparked heated debate within the union, does praise Obamacare for its goal of insuring all Americans, but it also says that it could be "highly disruptive" to union collectively-bargained insurance plans, known as multi-employer or Taft-Hartley plans, according to The Hill.

The AFL-CIO executive committee was set to consider the resolution Wednesday morning and put it before the full conventions Wednesday afternoon.

Specifically, the union takes issue with a provision in the law that it says "will effectively use taxpayer dollars to subsidize employers that refuse to take responsibility for providing their employees' healthcare." The resolution notes that non-profit plans could end up being taxed to help offset costs to insurance companies.

According to The Hill, union officials want non-profit plans to be eligible for subsidies as well to ensure that companies don't dump their current insurance plans and force union workers to choose coverage from the insurance exchange marketplaces created by Obamacare.


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