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Construction double-cross pulled from health care bill

Posted By Tom Jackson On March 22, 2010 @ 1:57 pm In Construction News | No Comments

The version of the health care bill passed by the House of Representatives last night does not include a controversial provision that aimed to penalize non-union construction companies. [1] The Merkley ammendment, added to the bill last fall, would have forced ¬†construction companies–and construction companies only–with more than 5 employees to offer employee health care plans. All other business were exempt from this rule until they reached 50 employees in size.

The Merkley ammendment was seen as a vote buying bit of graft to the unions from the Democrats and as a way to penalize right to work states and non-union companies.

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[1] aimed to penalize non-union construction companies.: http://enr.construction.com/opinions/blogs/criticalpath.asp?plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&newspaperUserId=e5d6bf65-a8cc-4d60-b270-dbc0dd1a999a&plckPostId=Blog%3ae5d6bf65-a8cc-4d60-b270-dbc0dd1a999aPost%3a0e5b815f-ea99-457e-8d61-7e18ae9b4d72&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest

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