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. 


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

Above the FoldNov 24, 2020 - 9:15am
Elderly couple wearing masks.

This Thanksgiving, Let’s Celebrate the Goodness

We can begin to dwell on the tremendous blessings that have risen up out of this challenging year.

Press ReleaseNov 20, 2020 - 3:00pm

U.S. Chamber: Most Favored Nation Drug Pricing Harms American Innovation and Investment in New Medicines

The U.S. Chamber will challenge this flawed and harmful policy

Above the FoldNov 19, 2020 - 10:30am
Vaccine distribution

While the COVID-19 Vaccine is Within Reach, Logistical Challenges and Funding Remain Roadblocks in Distribution

COVID-19 relief packages and a vaccine distribution plan are critical to getting America back on its feet.

Above the FoldOct 14, 2020 - 11:00am
Cost of Shifting Healthcare

More Government Sponsored Healthcare is Not the Answer

Increasing government control over health insurance will have adverse effects on Americans.

Above the FoldOct 08, 2020 - 10:00am

Decoding the Data-Driven Distortion on Employer-Sponsored Insurance

Our health and economic policy experts explain why Congress must protect ESI for American families.

Above the FoldSep 30, 2020 - 2:00pm

ERISA Preemption: A Vital Protection for Health Coverage

Our health policy and litigation experts explain why ERISA safeguards are essential.

EventSep 28, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Erasing the Stigma

Erasing the Stigma: Ending the Opioid Epidemic

Please join us for a convening of government and private sector stakeholders to share public-private strategic solutions to end the addiction crisis.

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
GIHE investing in a healthier tomorrow cover

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.