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

ReportJun 22, 2018 - 1:15pm

Economic Costs of Absenteeism, Presenteeism and Early Retirement Due to Ill Health: A Focus on Brazil

This report provides estimates of the economic cost due to productivity losses arising from absenteeism, presenteeism and early retirement due to ill health. For Brazil these losses equate to a total of 8.7% of GDP as shown in Table ES 1. This puts Brazil towards the upper end of the range for a group of 10 other countries that includes some of its Latin American peers as well as other middle income developing countries from other parts of the world.

ReportJun 21, 2018 - 10:00am

Noncommunicable Diseases in Colombia: A Call to Action

Colombia suffers from a triple burden of disease with a focus on noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.

Above the FoldJun 13, 2018 - 4:30pm
Pills and pill bottle of oxycodone.

Quick Take: Your Primer on Opioid Week in the House

Opioid abuse and addiction has become a nation-wide epidemic. More than 300,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses since 2000.

LetterJun 12, 2018 - 5:30pm

Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis

This letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in regards to the opioid crisis.

Above the FoldMay 16, 2018 - 3:15pm
Combating the opioid crisis

We’re Committed to Combating Opioid Abuse

Such a wide-reaching problem requires all of us to do our part.

Above the FoldApr 27, 2018 - 3:30pm
DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Take Part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 28

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

Above the FoldMar 22, 2018 - 3:45pm
A doctor examines a patient in an exam room in Silver Spring, Md.

One Way to Lower Health Care Premiums by 40%

There is a legislative solution that will stabilize out-of-control insurance premiums for millions of Americans.

Above the FoldMar 06, 2018 - 9:00am
Mary Winnefeld (left) and Admiral James "Sandy" Winnefeld, U.S. Navy (Ret.) speaking at the U.S. Chamber’s event, Combating the Opioid Crisis.

One Family’s Tragedy Should Inspire Us to Fight Opioid Addiction

With a united front, business, government, and communities can successfully combat this crisis.

Above the FoldMar 05, 2018 - 9:00am
Combating the opioid crisis

Collaborating to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Opioids have taken tens of thousands of lives and forever changed communities. Businesses must play a role in combating the crisis.