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.

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

Projects and Programs

Recent Activity

Above the FoldNov 15, 2018 - 4:00pm
Doctor with patient

Quick Take: Your Primer on Association Health Plans

400,000 uninsured Americans are expected to attain health coverage thanks to AHPs.

Above the FoldOct 25, 2018 - 1:30pm
DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Take Part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, October 27

This epidemic has had a tremendous impact on human lives, the labor participation rate, businesses, and economic growth.

EventOct 16, 2018 - 9:30am to 3:15pm

The Business of Health

The Business of Health is a forward-looking summit where we’ll examine the dynamics of health care and the people, ideas, and innovations that are leading the way by showcasing the power of employer-sponsored health care.

Above the FoldOct 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon (left) and Labor Department Secretary Alexander Acosta speak at the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit.

The Economy and Pro-Growth Policies Have Put Small Businesses in a Happy Place

70% of small business owners are optimistic about the economy.

Press ReleaseOct 03, 2018 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds House, Senate Passage of Sweeping Opioid Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue today released the following statement applauding House and Senate passage of legislation to address the opioid epidemic:

LetterSep 28, 2018 - 8:45am

U.S. Chamber of Commerce - Key Vote on H.R. 6, "Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018"

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the bipartisan H.R. 6, the “Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018.” The Chamber will consider including votes related to this bill in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

LetterSep 20, 2018 - 2:30pm

Opposing the End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Provision in H.R. 6

This letter was sent to both houses of the U.S. Congress, opposing the inclusion of an end-stage renal disease (ESRD) provision in H.R. 6, the opioid package.

Above the FoldSep 17, 2018 - 9:00am
Drug addiction claims 72,000 lives a year.

Chamber to Congress: Pass Opioid Bill

There's no time to delay as opioids are claiming more lives daily, and communities are being undermined.

LetterSep 13, 2018 - 12:30pm

Key Vote on H.R. 3798, "the Save American Workers Act"

This Key Vote letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting H.R. 3798, “the Save American Workers Act.”