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In divide over healthcare overhaul, two major unions withdraw from a coalition

New York Times, March 9, 2009

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the Service Employees International Union have pulled out of a broad coalition seeking agreement on major changes in the healthcare system. The move illustrates the difficulty of reaching agreement on two of the knottiest issues in the healthcare debate: whether to offer a new government-sponsored insurance option and whether to require employers to help pay for employee health benefits.