U.S. Chamber of Commerce 2017 Health Care Policy Recommendations

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 1:30pm
U.S. Chamber Staff Contacts
  • Randel Johnson, Senior Vice President, Labor, Immigration & Employee Benefits 
  • Katie Mahoney, Executive Director, Health Policy  
The Chamber has long championed the invaluable benefits that the employer-sponsored health care system provides to both employees and employers alike. More than 177 million Americans currently rely on the health coverage and benefits offered by employers. The employer-sponsored system must be permitted to allow employers to customize the benefits offered to best serve the needs of their workforce and appropriately manage cost growth in health care. The Chamber will educate stakeholders, the administration and Hill staff about the innovative developments that are occurring in the private sector. Our focus will remain on promoting and advancing thoughtful legislative and regulatory changes to permit greater flexibility in benefit design and coverage that will improve health, reduce unnecessary costs, and reward high-value care.
The 2017 Health Care Policy Recommendations document contains two sections. The first section titled, Correcting the Health Policy Mistakes of the past Eight Years: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Reforms, outlines different health policy mistakes that have been made in the past eight years and suggests opportunities and ways to correct these mistakes. The second section entitled, Promote Private Sector Innovation, details positive policy proposals that go beyond correcting the record of the last eight years. Note that this list will evolve as circumstances dictate and additional proposals are vetted by Chamber members.