Labor Unions Opposes Key Element of Senate Health Care Bill

And good for them.

From The Washington Post, “Union leaders step up fight against excise tax“:

Federal employee union leaders threw the second of a one-two punch at a Senate plan to tax health insurance premiums on Tuesday, saying it would mean significant benefit cuts and higher health costs for workers.

The presidents of the American Federation of Government Employees, the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers joined with the Communications Workers of America, which is leading organized labor’s effort to defeat the proposed excise tax on premiums.

Here’s the news release, “Federal Unions Release Two Reports on the Detrimental Impact of the Senate Excise Tax on FEHBP Health Plans“:

WASHINGTON – Two reports released today by federal unions found that the so-called “Cadillac” tax on higher-cost health plans contained in the U.S. Senate health care bill would actually affect average plans like those under the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP). The reports suggest that the excise tax would result in significant health benefit cuts and shifting of costs to employees, as plans try to avoid the tax.

Many manufacturing companies would also be affected.

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