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.

Projects and Programs

 

 


Our Priorities

Our goal is to Expand access to and improve the affordability of high-quality health care services for all Americans. 

Priorities

Access and Affordability
  • Enable greater flexibility for businesses as they offer health care coverage to their employees. 
  • Support the expansion of Association Health Plans. 
  • Adopt policies to stabilize the individual and small group markets. 
  • Improve access to meaningful cost and quality information for consumers while protecting the ability of private companies to enter into negotiated contractual arrangements. 
  • Facilitate the adoption of value-based insurance and reward high-quality providers.
Wellness, Innovation, and Value 
  • Facilitate and promote workplace wellness programs. 
  • Protect consumer safety by stopping unregulated foreign drug imports and curbing the opioid epidemic. 
  • Oppose price controls and efforts that reduce contractual flexibility in our health care system. 
  • Oppose the adoption of a single-payer, government-run health care system. 
  • Support reforms that lead to more value-based, quality-focused, and coordinated care. 

     

Our Successes

Recent Successes

Repeal the Cadillac Tax

This 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage threatened the value of health benefits for over 180 million Americans. Repeal is projected to save $197 billion over a 10-year period.

Repeal the Health Insurance Tax

The tax on health insurance raised premiums for small businesses, seniors, and millions of others. Repeal is projected to save $150.8 billion over the next decade.

Repeal the Medical Device Tax

The 2.3% tax on the sale of medical devices hurt the ability of American companies to compete and encouraged businesses to send operations and jobs overseas. Repeal is projected to save $25.5 billion over the next decade.

Improve Treatment of Chronic Conditions

IRS guidance delineated 14 specific medical care services and items as preventive care when prescribed to treat an individual diagnosed with certain chronic conditions. This delineation enables certain individuals to use Health Savings Account funds to pay for these items before the plan deductible is satisfied, which stands to lower costs for 60% of U.S. adults who have a chronic condition.

Remove Administrative Burdens Under Section 1557

Following notice and comment, regulations were revised to remove unnecessary tagline requirements, which is projected to save consumers $3.6 billion over a 5-year period.

Expand Use of Health Reimbursement Accounts

Regulations expanded the ability of employers to put aside money on a tax-free basis to help employees purchase health insurance, which provided employees with greater flexibility and choice in selecting their health care coverage.

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseSep 21, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Report Shows Healthcare Investments Drive Social and Economic Development

U.S. Chamber report shows $20 return for a $1 investment in health interventions  

ReportSep 21, 2020 - 9:00am
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Increasing Social and Economic Benefits Globally: Rates of Return on Health Investments

This study provides insights into the economic and social returns to investments in prevention and treatment for chronic illnesses across 27 countries. The findings project that countries would on average realize a return of $20 in productivity gains and workers lives saved for every $1 invested in cardiovascular disease and diabetes interventions. Likewise, countries could see a return of $22 for every $1 invested in anxiety disorders and depression interventions.

Press ReleaseSep 13, 2020 - 7:00pm

U.S. Chamber Calls Executive Orders on Drug Pricing ‘Flawed and Dangerous Policy’ Coming at ‘the Worst Possible Time’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today after the White House issued Executive Orders on drug pricing.  

Above the FoldSep 08, 2020 - 12:30pm
Healthcare

Washington State Public Option Fails to Deliver Savings to Consumers

Our VP of Health Policy explains why Congress should strengthen employer-sponsored insurance rather than a create a public option.

EventAug 13, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Strengthening Coverage: The Future of Employer-Sponsored Insurance

Please join us for a discussion with business and policy leaders from across the country on the evolution of the employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) market and the future of this important coverage option for 180 million Americans. During the event we will unveil new research insights into the impact of a public option or Medicare buy-in on employees’ coverage.

Press ReleaseAug 13, 2020 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Launches New Campaign to Bolster, Strengthen Support for Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

Protecting Americans’ Coverage Together (PACT) aims to raise awareness of the perils that a public option or Medicare buy-in will have on the current and future workforce

ReportAug 13, 2020 - 9:00am
Cover of the Report "The Negative Economic Effects of Medicare for All and Medicare Buy-In Proposals"

The Negative Economic Effects of Medicare for All and Medicare Buy-In Proposals

This paper discusses recent proposals to expand Medicare and lays out the likely impact such a move would have on various stakeholders. For the sake of simplicity, this paper discusses Medicare for all and Medicare buy-in proposals, but the points apply more broadly.

Above the FoldAug 07, 2020 - 3:15pm
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Coronavirus Live Blog

The latest news and updates related to the coronavirus pandemic, tailored specifically for the business community.

Press ReleaseAug 06, 2020 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber Launches Campaign Opposing Administration’s Most Favored Nation Pricing Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched a campaign opposing the Administration’s dangerous new proposal, known as Most Favored Nation pricing, which would impose foreign price controls on American drugs. The campaign asks Americans to tell the White House to reject foreign price controls on drugs and keep American innovation strong.

Press ReleaseJul 24, 2020 - 6:00pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Executive Orders on Drug Pricing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and Chief Policy Officer Neil Bradley issued the following statement today after the White House issued Executive Orders on drug pricing: