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 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.

TestimonyFeb 15, 2018 - 10:00am

Lisa Allen Testimony at House Education and Workforce Committee Hearing on "The Opioids Epidemic: Implications for America’s Workplaces"

Lisa Allen, President and CEO of the Ziegenfelder Company of Wheeling, West Virginia, testified on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce before the House Committee on Education and the Workforce at a hearing entitled “The Opioids Epidemic: Implications for America’s Workplaces.”   

SpeechJan 10, 2018 - 9:00am

2018 State of American Business Address

U.S. Chamber President Tom Donohue's remarks on the State of American Business as prepared for delivery on January 10, 2018.

CommentJan 02, 2018 - 3:45pm

Comments to the IRS Regarding Information Reporting Requirements

On January 2, 2018, the U.S.

LetterDec 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Letter to Chairman Brady and Ranking Member Neal on Bills Introduced to Delay PPACA Taxes

On December 14th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to House Committee on Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady and Ranking Member Richard Neal regarding bills recently introduced to delay PPACA taxes imposed on health insurance premiums, medical devices, businesses, and consumers.       December 14, 2017  

LetterNov 02, 2017 - 1:15pm

Key Vote Alert! Letter to Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Supporting H.R. 849, the "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017"

On November 11, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this Key Vote Alert! letter to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 849, the "Protecting Seniors' Access to Medicare Act of 2017," which would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

Press ReleaseOct 26, 2017 - 2:30pm

U.S. Chamber Statement on Opioid Epidemic Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Randy Johnson issued the following statement today after President Trump declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency: