One of the provisions of the upcoming health care law that goes into effect in 2014 is to provide subsidies for low-income workers without employer coverage as a way to help them buy private insurance. Key here is that in the law, these subsidies were designed only for low-income workers without employer coverage.
Union leaders say many of the law's requirements will drive up the costs for their health-care plans and make unionized workers less competitive. To offset that, the nation's largest labor groups want their lower-paid members to be able to get federal insurance subsidies while remaining on their plans. Never mind that the law as written does not allow for this subsidy.
This article seems to summarize the situation fairly well: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...912570432.html
This attempt to circumvent the intent of the law has, fortunately, not gone unnoticed. Here's a letter written to the administration, insisting that the law be followed: http://www.finance.senate.gov/newsro...c-8f9b28809432