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 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.

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.

Above the FoldNov 19, 2020 - 10:30am
Vaccine distribution

While the COVID-19 Vaccine is Within Reach, Logistical Challenges and Funding Remain Roadblocks in Distribution

COVID-19 relief packages and a vaccine distribution plan are critical to getting America back on its feet.

Above the FoldOct 14, 2020 - 11:00am
Cost of Shifting Healthcare

More Government Sponsored Healthcare is Not the Answer

Increasing government control over health insurance will have adverse effects on Americans.

Above the FoldOct 08, 2020 - 10:00am
ESI

Decoding the Data-Driven Distortion on Employer-Sponsored Insurance

Our health and economic policy experts explain why Congress must protect ESI for American families.

Above the FoldSep 30, 2020 - 2:00pm
ERISA

ERISA Preemption: A Vital Protection for Health Coverage

Our health policy and litigation experts explain why ERISA safeguards are essential.

Above the FoldSep 08, 2020 - 12:30pm
Healthcare

Washington State Public Option Fails to Deliver Savings to Consumers

Our VP of Health Policy explains why Congress should strengthen employer-sponsored insurance rather than a create a public option.

Above the FoldAug 07, 2020 - 3:15pm
Empty street in Park City

Coronavirus Live Blog

The latest news and updates related to the coronavirus pandemic, tailored specifically for the business community.