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

Above the FoldJan 27, 2021 - 2:00pm
Employee health insurance enrollment forms

Strengthening ESI Should Be Top of Mind for Congress in 2021

Congress should focus on strengthening and reinforcing the current ESI system in the new year.

EventJan 27, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Sharing Solutions Event Teaser

Sharing Solutions: Businesses Combat the Opioid Crisis

Join us on January 26 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT for a series of conversations about best practices for employer-led substance misuse solutions.

SpeechJan 12, 2021 - 12:00pm

2021 State of American Business Address: “Rally for Recovery”

In the face of significant challenges, including a global pandemic and an economic crisis, businesses have adapted to survive ... they have served their communities, and this country ... and they have put forward life-saving, world-changing solutions.

Above the FoldJan 08, 2021 - 10:00am
General Paul Ostrowski, director of supply, production and distribution for Operation Warp Speed.

The Path Forward: Operation Warp Speed Leader Sees Vaccine Distribution for Essential Workers, Elderly Starting Next Week

The latest on Operation Warp Speed from General Paul Ostrowski, director of supply, production and distribution for the program.

Above the FoldDec 18, 2020 - 2:30pm
A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine in Princeton, IL.

The Path Forward: Industry and Government Leaders Discuss Vaccine Distribution

Government and the private sector will be vital to the successful distribution of the vaccine to the American public.

Press ReleaseDec 11, 2020 - 9:45pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds the Emergency Use Authorization of Pfizer’s Pandemic Vaccine

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne P. Clark today released the following statement regarding the Food and Drug Administration decision to grant an Emergency Use Authorization for Pfizer and BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine: 

Above the FoldDec 02, 2020 - 4:15pm
Path Forward: CDC Director 2020

The Path Forward: CDC Director Says Masks are Powerful Tool for Combating Virus

U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark and CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield discuss the state of the pandemic on Path Forward.

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