Byline: Marguerite Higgins, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The House yesterday approved a bill that would give major trade associations the power to pool their members nationwide and buy discounted health insurance that is not governed by state regulations.
The House voted 263-165 on the "association health plans," which are backed by the Bush administration.
Similar measures have been introduced in the Congress for the past decade. Several have passed the House, but none has made it through the Senate.
The current bill allows trade groups, chambers of commerce and other business organizations to bargain for health care coverage that crosses state lines. …