Unions meet with Obama over health care concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka says he hopes the White House will act within a week to address the growing concerns that labor unions have over the new health care law.

Trumka’s comments came after a Friday afternoon meeting between President Barack Obama and labor officials at the White House. Trumka called the meeting a “problem-solving session” but declined to specify exactly what type of fixes were discussed.

The meeting comes days after the AFL-CIO approved a resolution warning the law would drive up the cost of union-sponsored health plans and encourage some employers to drop coverage.

Unions want members to be eligible for the same federal subsidies available to low-income workers in the new health exchanges. The White House has resisted that remedy, saying the law doesn’t allow it.

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