AFL-CIO: Promotes Legislation To Require Health Insurance
As part of a broader strategy to increase its membership rolls and influence the November mid-term elections, "the AFL-CIO executive council wrapped up a two-day meeting [Friday] with plans to urge Congress to broaden health care coverage," the AP/Modesto Bee reports. The labor organization will lobby Congress "to require all businesses with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance for their workers and pay 75% of the premiums." AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said the bill, which "would add health coverage for 20 million workers," will be introduced by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) (Galvin, 2/2).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.