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.”