Nearly 30 of the nation's largest labor unions have comeout in opposition to Wednesday's passage of the $829 billion health care planby the Senate Finance Committee.

According to reports, newspaper ads trumpeted the factthat Capitol Hill lawmakers would have to make significant changes to theproposal or else they would urge their members to mobilize and defeat itspassage when it goes to a vote before the full Senate.

The groups oppose a number of items in the legislation,particularly the "Cadillac tax," which would mandate a tax on themost expensive insurance plans. A number of union health care contracts wouldbe affected, they claim.

Organized labor has rallied for the creation of a"public option," a government plan that would compete with privateinsurers.

The plan cleared the Senate committee by a vote of 14-9.

 

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