WASHINGTON — Industry groups had mixed responses to Sunday's passage of health care legislation.
Steve Pfister, senior vice president, government relations, National Retail Federation, expressed "extreme disappointment," saying the bill will add labor costs that could result in many retail workers losing their jobs. "NRF will work diligently to maximize the benefits of [the bill's] positive components and minimize the negative impact on American businesses and workers," he said.
Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, called the bill's passage "an achievement that will rank among the highest in our national experience. Aside from reining in insurance company greed, the bill also extends coverage to millions of Americans who would otherwise go without [and] reduces prescription drug costs for seniors while encouraging employers to fulfill their obligation of providing benefits to their workers."
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