Health Care Reform
Health Reform Law 101
Visit the Health Reform Law 101 website
for help navigating the law.
The U.S. Chamber is promoting strategies and solutions to encourage health care reform that lowers cost, improves quality, expands access to health care, and protects American jobs and the employers who create them.
The Chamber believes helping businesses of all sizes offer affordable coverage to employees will result in lower cost and higher quality care, improving our nation’s health and creating a more productive workforce.
- The United States spends $2.7 trillion a year on health care.
- More than 170 million Americans receive health insurance through voluntary, employer-sponsored plans.
- The government was on the hook for $38.6 trillion in unfunded liabilities for Medicare in 2011 as a result of the entitlements created by the health care reform law.
- Major provisions of the health care reform law go into effect in 2014, including the individual mandate and state health exchanges.
The Chamber’s Plan to Control Costs, Improve Quality, and Expand Access
- Reduce the billions of dollars in additional taxes and other costs imposed by the PPACA.
- Expand access to health care coverage and services by strengthening the employer-sponsored system.
- Support consumer-focused health care and facilitate informed purchasing of services and coverage.
- Allow small businesses to pool risk and purchase coverage at an affordable price.
- Attack Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse, which costs taxpayers tens of billions of dollars each year.
- Enact real medical liability reform to ensure fair damage awards and eliminate frivolous lawsuits.
- Incent wellness and chronic disease management programs in the workplace to improve health and productivity.
- Foster the use of health care IT to improve efficiency, lower costs, and reduce medical errors.
- Realign reimbursement mechanisms to reward providers for quality and coordination of health care services.
For help navigating the new law, visit the Chamber’s Health Reform Law 101 website.
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