The Trump admin­is­tra­tion pro­mot­ed Asso­ci­a­tion Health Plans as an option to help bring down costs with employ­ers band­ing togeth­er with anoth­er form of “col­lec­tive bar­gain­ing” The House Ways and Means Com­mit­tee has pulled this from a health care bill, which sim­ply ampli­fies the neg­a­tive feel­ings about it.  A Fed­er­al judge also struck down the plan in late March, say­ing that asso­ci­a­tion health plans were clear­ly an end run around the con­sumer pro­tec­tions promised under the Afford­able Care Act.  This was done right in Trump’s back­yard, with a DC judge mak­ing the rul­ing, in response to a suit filed by 11 Attor­neys Gen­er­al.  At the same time, Pres­i­dent Trump said at a ral­ly, “We are going to get rid of Obamacare…the Repub­li­can Par­ty will become the par­ty of great health care.”