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 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.

Above the FoldOct 25, 2018 - 1:30pm
DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Take Part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, October 27

This epidemic has had a tremendous impact on human lives, the labor participation rate, businesses, and economic growth.

Above the FoldOct 11, 2018 - 4:00pm
Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon (left) and Labor Department Secretary Alexander Acosta speak at the U.S. Chamber Small Business Summit.

The Economy and Pro-Growth Policies Have Put Small Businesses in a Happy Place

70% of small business owners are optimistic about the economy.

Above the FoldSep 17, 2018 - 9:00am
Drug addiction claims 72,000 lives a year.

Chamber to Congress: Pass Opioid Bill

There's no time to delay as opioids are claiming more lives daily, and communities are being undermined.

Above the FoldAug 30, 2018 - 2:00pm
Health insurance illustration: calculator, money, syringe, pills, bills.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the Health Insurance Tax

Many Americans will face a $20.3 billion tax hike starting in January 2020 if nothing is done.

Above the FoldJun 25, 2018 - 9:00am
AHPs

A Health Care Victory for Small Businesses

The Chamber applauds the administration for its new rule expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs).

Above the FoldJun 13, 2018 - 4:30pm
Pills and pill bottle of oxycodone.

Quick Take: Your Primer on Opioid Week in the House

Opioid abuse and addiction has become a nation-wide epidemic. More than 300,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses since 2000.

Above the FoldMay 16, 2018 - 3:15pm
Combating the opioid crisis

We’re Committed to Combating Opioid Abuse

Such a wide-reaching problem requires all of us to do our part.

Above the FoldMar 22, 2018 - 3:45pm
A doctor examines a patient in an exam room in Silver Spring, Md.

One Way to Lower Health Care Premiums by 40%

There is a legislative solution that will stabilize out-of-control insurance premiums for millions of Americans.

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.