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Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Attempt to Help Small Business


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A federal judge has stopped a Trump administration program that was aimed at helping small businesses.

According to Fox News:

WASHINGTON -- 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 plans at issue in Bates' ruling Thursday allow groups of small businesses and sole proprietors to band together to offer lower-cost coverage that doesn't have to include all the benefits required by the ACA, often called "Obamacare." They also can be offered across state lines, an attempt to deliver on a major Trump campaign promise.

The judge recognized that this was an infringement on states rights and it is unclear how the Trump administration will move forward with their healthcare agenda and attempts to help small businesses.