House Republicans plan to vote this week on a health care proposal called association health plans, or AHPs (H.R. 525). Considering that Republicans claim to be the party of small government, it's a wonder they keep pushing this big-government idea year after year. It's also a wonder that the Senate Democrats who defeat it year after year don't realize the enormous power AHPs would give federal politicians and bureaucrats.
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