Judge blocks Trump's small-business health insurance plan

The Virginian-Pilot | March 29, 2019

Judge blocks Trump's small-business health insurance plan
A federal judge has struck down a small-business health insurance plan widely touted by President Donald Trump, the second setback in a week for the administration's health care initiatives. U.S. District Judge John D. Bates wrote in his opinion late Thursday that so-called "association health plans" were "clearly an end-run" around consumer protections required by the Obama-era Affordable Care Act. On Wednesday, another federal judge blocked the Trump administration's Medicaid work requirements for low-income people. The legal setbacks came as Trump unexpectedly pivoted back to health care this week, promising a new plan to replace the ACA, commonly called "Obamacare." But many congressional Republicans don't want to have that fight again. Democrats are gleeful, seeing a chance to shift the national conversation to one of their top issues.

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Zhou Enlai famously (albeit apocryphally) declared in 1972 that it was ‘too early to say’ what the impact of the French Revolution had been. It might, then, appear somewhat premature to raise the question as to whether Brexit has been a success. After all, the UK has not left the European Union yet, and there is a plausible chance that it may not do so.

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Zhou Enlai famously (albeit apocryphally) declared in 1972 that it was ‘too early to say’ what the impact of the French Revolution had been. It might, then, appear somewhat premature to raise the question as to whether Brexit has been a success. After all, the UK has not left the European Union yet, and there is a plausible chance that it may not do so.