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 FoldMay 20, 2019 - 5:15pm
Health insurance form and stethoscope

End Surprise Billing in Healthcare, but Do It Carefully

Here's a solution that protects the patient while addressing the underlying payment dispute without litigation.

Above the FoldApr 30, 2019 - 9:15am
health

Medicare for All Builds a Risky Contraption on a Cracking Foundation

Policymakers should fix the foundation first, before pondering additional risky reforms.

Above the FoldApr 29, 2019 - 9:00am
A stethoscope on American currency

AHPs Are Key to Valuable Health Coverage

At the U.S. Chamber, we believe in removing barriers that stand between Americans and affordable health coverage.

Above the FoldApr 03, 2019 - 1:00pm
A doctor examines a patient in an exam room in Silver Spring, Md.

Health Insurance for Thousands of Americans is at Risk Because of a Disappointing Court Decision

The U.S. Chamber will continue to work to support this policy in the courts.

Above the FoldApr 01, 2019 - 9:00am
$1 trillion is the estimated cost of the opioid crisis on the U.S. economy.

Businesses on the Frontlines in the Fight Against Opioid Misuse

In 2017 alone, we lost more than 47,000 Americans to opioid overdose.

Above the FoldFeb 21, 2019 - 3:00pm
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks at a health care news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

‘Medicare for All’ isn’t the Health Care Reform Americans Want, Poll Finds

Most voters would rather see Congress focus on lowering health care costs than create a new government-run health care system.

Above the FoldFeb 20, 2019 - 1:00pm
IV drip

Quick Take: Your Primer on HHS’s International Pricing Index (IPI) Proposal

In America, we don’t let the government set prices, so why would we let foreign governments set prices for us?

Above the FoldFeb 11, 2019 - 9:00am
Hospital Waiting Room

Why Drug Price-Fixing Is a Bad Idea

In America, we don’t let the government set prices, so why in the world we would let foreign governments set prices for us?

Above the FoldJan 10, 2019 - 9:15am
State of American Business 2019

State of American Business 2019 Live Blog

President and CEO Tom Donohue outlined the top challenges facing the business community and lays out the U.S. Chamber’s policy priorities.

Above the FoldNov 15, 2018 - 4:00pm
Doctor with patient

Quick Take: Your Primer on Association Health Plans

400,000 uninsured Americans are expected to attain health coverage thanks to AHPs.