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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

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:

LetterOct 23, 2017 - 12:45pm

Letter to Senator Heitkamp Supporting S. 1978, the "Small Business and Family Health Tax Relief Act"

On October 23, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to Senator Heidi Heitkamp supporting the introduction of S. 1978, the "Small Business and Family Health Tax Relief Act."  

EventOct 18, 2017 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm
A Path Forward on Health Reform: Advancing Priorities and Innovative Solutions Amid Uncertainty

A Path Forward on Health Reform: Advancing Priorities and Innovative Solutions Amid Uncertainty

6th Annual Health Care Summit: A Path Forward on Health Reform. This event will focus on private sector solutions to health care reform.

Press ReleaseOct 13, 2017 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Urges Congress to Address Escalating Health Care Premiums and Market Destabilization

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Randy Johnson issued the following statement in response to the president’s decision to terminate cost sharing reduction payments:

Press ReleaseOct 12, 2017 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Statement on Executive Order Taking Action to Increase Health Care Choices

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President for Labor, Immigration and Employee Benefits Randy Johnson issued the following statement today following President Trump’s signing of an executive order taking action to increase health care choices:

LetterOct 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

Letter to Senator Cory Gardner Supporting H.R. 1859, the "Healthcare Tax Relief Act"

On October 11, 2017, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent this letter to Senator Cory Gardner supporting the introduction of H.R. 1859, the "Healthcare Tax Relief Act."  

Above the FoldOct 04, 2017 - 9:00am
Pass the Healthcare Tax Relief Act

American Families and Small Businesses Are Counting on Congress to Pass the Healthcare Tax Relief Act

The bill, introduced by Sen. Cory Gardner would delay for one year Obamacare’s looming health insurance tax.

Above the FoldSep 15, 2017 - 2:00pm
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Dear Washington: Messages from Main Street on the Health Insurance Tax

One of the biggest challenges business owners face is the rising costs associated with this Obamacare's tax.