Health-care costs loom large in U.S. auto talks


By Jui Chakravorty DETROIT, June 21 (Reuters) - It has been said only half-jokingly that General Motors Corp. is actually a giant health-insurance provider - just one that happens to make cars. But as U.S. automakers gear up for watershed contract talks with the United Auto Workers union this summer, the $10 billion price of covering more than 2 million auto workers and retirees is expected to be the most serious issue on the table. GM alone spent $4.8 billion on health care in 2006. ...

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