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Unions: Maybe Obamacare Wasn't Such a Great Idea

Nancy Pelosi once said of the Affordable Care Act, "we have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it." Nearly three years later it has finally dawned on some unions that the changes they publicly supported may not be great news for them or their employees. The WSJ has a story worth reading on the change of heart. A quote from one disgruntled Obama supporter captures the mood:

John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, the insurance plan for 260,000 union workers at places including hotels, casinos and airports, recalls standing next to Barack Obama at a rally in Nevada when he was a 2008 presidential candidate.

"I heard him say, 'If you like your health plan, you can keep it,' " Mr. Wilhelm recalled. Mr. Wilhelm said he expects the administration will craft a solution so that employer health-care plans won't be hurt. "If I'm wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law."

It's probably too late for second thoughts now, "severe" or otherwise.


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