NC Chamber’s Position: The Chamber’s member companies tell us that health care costs are the number-one factor affecting their profitability. The North Carolina Chamber believes the federal health care reform law passed in March 2010 is not the best solution for controlling rising health care costs or for providing greater access to health care for North Carolinians. Read the Chamber’s one-page overview of the final health care law. Meaningful health care reform should provide:
Access to affordable, high-quality health care coverage delivered through the private market and driven by private-sector competition and innovation
Consumer empowerment in health care decisions
Incentives that reward providers based on outcomes and overall care, and reward consumers based on wellness and prevention
Long-term solutions that adequately fund our health care delivery system while preserving the incentives that have made our country the leader in health care innovation
As states and businesses implement changes outlined in the federal health care reform law, the Chamber offers valuable programs for members like our recent Health Care Cost Summit (see highlights here). The Chamber also tracks state and federal health care legislation that will help or harm North Carolina’s ability to remain competitive.