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 FoldSep 08, 2017 - 11:30am

Congress Running Out of Time to Halt Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax

Unless Congress takes action soon, millions of seniors, families and small businesses across the country will get hammered by a new tax.

Above the FoldSep 07, 2017 - 1:30pm
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Republicans, Democrats, & Independents Agree: Lawmakers Must Fund Cost Sharing Reductions

If the administration chooses to stop making cost sharing reduction payments, we know what will happen: the costs of coverage will soar.

TestimonySep 06, 2017 - 5:30pm

Statement to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on Stabilizing Premiums and the Individual Market for 2018

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (the “Committee”) held 2 hearings on “Premium Stabilization and Helping Individuals in the Individual Insurance Market for 2018”.

Above the FoldSep 01, 2017 - 9:00am
Labor Day 2017

Thank You, American Workers

To honor American workers on Labor Day, and each day, we must advance a robust free enterprise system.

Above the FoldAug 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Registered Nurse checks on patient at Timpanogos Regional Hospital in Orem, Utah. Photographer: George Frey/Bloomberg

CBO Confirms the Devastation of Terminating CSR Payments

Insurance premiums will rise 20 percent next year if President Trump scrapes cost sharing reductions (CSRs).

Issue BriefAug 15, 2017 - 5:00pm

Two Things Congress Could Do to Stabilize the Insurance Market & Limit Premium Increases

On August 3, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this white paper to all members of Congress in regard to cost sharing reduction payments and the health insurance tax.

CommentJul 31, 2017 - 2:15pm

Comments to Treasury on Executive Orders 13771 and 13777, Review of Regulations

On July 31, 2017 the U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Treasury in response to the agency's request for information regarding the Review of Regulations, generally, and on recommendations for Treasury Department regulations that can be eliminated, modified or streamlined in order to reduce burdens, specifically.   

LetterJul 25, 2017 - 10:15am

Key Vote Letter to Senate on Motion to Proceed on H.R. 1628, the "American Health Care Act"

TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. SENATE: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges you to support the Motion to Proceed to H.R. 1628, which would allow the Senate to begin consideration of the health care legislation passed by the House earlier this year. The Chamber will consider including votes on the Motion to Proceed in our annual How They Voted scorecard.

CommentJul 12, 2017 - 6:00am

Comment Letter to HHS on Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the ACA

On Wednesday, July 12th, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted comments in response to the Department of Health and Human Services request for information on Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare choices to Empower Patients.

Above the FoldJul 11, 2017 - 11:45am
A doctor examines a patient at a clinic in Gaithersburg, Md.

Why Undercutting Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage Would Be a Bad Idea

The Senate shouldn't undermine how most Americans get health coverage.