President Barack Obama has enjoyed strong support from labor unions. But he's now facing the wrath of some labor leaders who argue that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which they supported, is threatening the jobs and health benefits of their members.
As those unions see it, the White House and congressional Democratic leaders didn't pay sufficient attention to union-backed multiemployer health plans when they drafted the 2010 law.
Often called “Taft-Hartley” plans for the 1947 federal law that defined the rules under which they operate, these health plans are jointly sponsored by labor unions and employers.
They have enabled employers with unionized workforces, particularly smaller firms, to offer health benefits and have given workers more incentive to join unions.