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Unions, Obama to discuss taxing health plans

Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2010

President Barack Obama has made clear that, like the Senate, he favors a tax on high-end health insurance plans to help pay for health reform. Obama plans to meet with union leaders over the proposal in the next few days, a labor official told the Wall Street Journal. Unions, who are among the Democrats' most loyal supporters, argue that the plan will punish workers who won excellent health benefits in hard-fought negotiations.