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Capitol Health Call
February 11, 2004

Bush Announces Tax Credits

JAMA. 2004;291(6):684. doi:10.1001/jama.291.6.684-c

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.