Listen: U.S judge strikes down rule allowing 'skimpy' health insurance plans
"Herbst. Federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule that allowed employers to join together to buy health insurance that avoids Affordable Care Act consumer protections. NPR's Alison kodjak reports it's the second blow this week to the president's efforts to undo the Obama era healthcare law. The judge said the Trump administration's rule allowing more so-called association health plans is quote intended, and designed end-run the requirements of the ACA. He cited the president's own words from an executive order, directing the department of labor and health and human services to write the new rules. Those rules allowed small businesses and self-employed people to create associations for the sole purpose of buying health insurance. As did not have the consumer protections included in the Affordable Care Act. The ruling comes just days after another federal judge struck down work requirements in two state, Medicaid programs. That were encouraged by the"