Our country's health care system has many strengths: tremendous medical innovation, cutting edge technology and drugs, and world-leading medical institutions. Nevertheless, there are huge variations in quality, cost, and access to care within our system. American patients are increasingly suffering from costly and often deadly chronic diseases that are many times preventable. And even though the United States pays more for health care than any other nation, we aren't getting our money's worth when you consider health outcomes and efficiency of care.
Over five years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), further reforms are needed to achieve lower costs, innovative and high-quality care, and better health for all Americans.
The Chamber is working to achieve greater value in health care, measured by more affordable coverage options and improved access to higher-quality and prevention-oriented care. Many of these solutions are being pioneered in the private sector, as America's employers implement innovative reforms in health care and wellness. By prioritizing efforts to improve the employer-sponsored health care system--which covers millions of Americans--we will use these solutions to drive system-wide changes that can lead to better population health and sustainable health care costs.
The Chamber's health care priorities include:
- Advancing successful ideas from the private sector that reduce costs, advance quality, and improve health
- Promoting reforms that provide relief to employers and employees as the ACA is implemented including:
- Reducing the harm of the employer mandate by restoring the 40-hour work week;
- Repealing taxes that increase premiums and cost jobs such as the 40% excise tax, medical device tax, and the health insurance tax; and
- Improving flexibility for tax-preferred accounts that encourage careful health care spending like FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs
- Raising awareness of the positive effects of wellness and chronic disease management programs in the workplace to improve health and productivity
- Expanding access to coverage and services by strengthening the employer-sponsored system