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Some unions now angry about PPACA

Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters (AP photo/Ron Edmonds)
Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Firefighters (AP photo/Ron Edmonds)

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Barack Obama helped push the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) through Congress, he counted labor unions among his strongest supporters.

But some unions leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of PPACA — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

"If the workers can get benefits that are as good through Obamacare in the exchanges, then why do you need the union?" Laszewski said. "In my mind, what the unions are fearing is that workers for the first time can get very good health benefits for a subsidized cost someplace other than the employer."

However, Laszewski said it was unlikely employers would drop the union plans immediately because they are subject to ongoing collective bargaining agreements.

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