Shapiro claims victory against rule allowing small business owners to band together for lower insurance rates

Shapiro claims victory against rule allowing small business owners to band together for lower insurance rates

Harrisburg, PA

Judge John Bates of the US District Court in the District of Columbia rejected a Labor Department rule that made it easier for small businesses and some self-employed folks to band together based on their industry or location and buy health insurance.

The rule was designed by the Labor Department to help the small business owner who is the sole worker of the business align with other sole proprietors band together to buy insurance in groups across state lines.

In a post on last night Facebook Sharpiro said, “

We’ve just won in court against President Donald J. Trump’s attempt to undercut the ACA through association health plan expansion.

This victory proves what we’ve known all along – the President can’t subvert the rule simply because he doesn’t like it.

“The Affordable Care Act is the law, and we took action against association health plans to enforce that law and protect Pennsylvanians’ care,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “Association health plans often lead to fraud, mismanagement, and abuse—they are not safe and affordable healthcare that Pennsylvania families can rely on. This court victory proves again that just because President Trump doesn’t like the Affordable Care Act, his Administration cannot get away with illegal maneuvers to ignore the law.”

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