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Health Care

In many ways, U.S. health care is the envy of the world--it has helped many individuals live longer than ever and enjoy a better quality of life than previously possible. However, we continue to face the challenge of making quality health care more affordable, more accessible, and more reliable for all Americans.

The Chamber is focused on promoting effective private sector solutions to our health care challenges that will help control costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care.

Check out the Chamber's Health Care Solutions Council report for innovative ideas from the business community.

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Our Position

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.

Through its Health Care Solutions Council, 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

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Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

E.g., 06/24/2015
E.g., 06/24/2015
Letter

This letter has been sent to Senators Scott, Shaheen, and Bennet, in support of S. 1099, the "Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act."

2 days 23 hours ago
Comment

In these comments, submitted to the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service, the Chamber outlines its concerns about the excise tax and urges regulators to strongly consider and evaluate the inconsistencies in terminology within this provision, as well as the inconsistencies in overall Affordable Care Act (ACA) policy that may result without additional flexibility and safe-harbors.

1 week 2 days ago
Letter

To:  The Honorable Joe Courtney

From:  R. Bruce Josten

Re:  H.R. 2050, the "Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2015"

1 week 4 days ago
Letter

This letter was sent to Representatives Guthrie, Cardenas, Mullin and Sinema thanking them for introducing H.R. 1624, the "Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act."

1 month 2 days ago
Letter

To:  Representatives Guthrie, Cardenas, Mullin and Sinema

Re:  H.R. 1624, the "Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act"

From:  Bruce Josten

1 month 3 days ago
Blog
Restaurant owner Scott Womack (center) testified before the House Ways and Means Committee in 2011. Photo credit: Ian Wagreich / © U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The health care law remains a big problem for the restaurant industry.

1 month 1 week ago