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WASHINGTON, Jan 21, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- President George W. Bush proposed "Association Health Plans" and health insurance tax incentives in his State of the Union address Tuesday.

In discussing the importance of health care, Bush noted the major cause for why Americans lack health insurance was the rising costs of health care. The proposed "Association Health Plans" would allow small businesses to form buying cooperatives for care plans, while the health insurance tax incentives would be designed to help lower income Americans.

"On the critical issue of health care, our goal is to ensure that Americans can choose and afford private health care coverage that best fits their individual needs. To make insurance more affordable, Congress must act to address rapidly rising health care costs. Small businesses should be able to band together and negotiate for lower insurance rates, so they can cover more workers with health insurance. I urge you to pass Association Health Plans," Bush said. "I ask you to give lower-income Americans a refundable tax credit that would allow millions to buy their own basic health insurance."

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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