In his State of the Union address in January, President George W. Bush
touted three health care initiatives geared toward making insurance more affordable,
including controversial "association health plans" that allow small employers
to band together to purchase insurance. Last year, a bill exempting such plans
from state regulation stalled in Congress.
Advocates, including many business groups, say that association health
plans will eliminate the insurance gap that leaves many employees of small
businesses without coverage. They argue that the pooling of customers will
drive premiums down.
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