Health Care


Ninety-eight percent of NAM members provide health care benefits to maintain a healthy workforce, attract and retain talent, and because they believe it is the right thing to do for their employees. Manufacturers strongly support proposals to reduce soaring health care costs, improve the efficiency of the current system, and enhance the quality of care. Employees are spending more of each paycheck on health care and the rising costs of premiums paid by employers continue to erode any gains in wages.

Manufacturers continually rank rising health care and premium costs as a top business challenge. The past few years under the ACA has made it more difficult and costly to provide these important health care benefits. The NAM and our members believe a combination approach of successful legislation and administrative actions will help release the stranglehold the ACA is having on employers around the country.

Employee Benefits Tax


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Escalating health care costs continue to be one of the top concerns for manufacturers

Despite recently enacted two-year suspensions of the employee benefits tax and the anticompetitive tax on medical devices, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to impact manufacturers by adding costs and making critical health care services and treatments even more expensive for employees of manufacturers. Recent increases in health care premiums have deepened the frustration. Competing to Win outlines a detailed roadmap for the President and Congress as to what NAM’s policy agenda is.

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Manufacturers Seek Flexible Health Care Options to Reduce Costs

Health care spending continues to be one of the top issues for manufacturers and small businesses. Insurance premiums have risen for many firms, and provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have exacerbated such increases for some businesses, particularly small and medium-sized entities. Despite such frustrations with pricing pressures, manufacturers see the benefits of offering health care options to their employees.

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Press Releases

  • 06/22/2016
    Rising Health Care Costs Continue to Challenge Manufacturers
    NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued a statement after the House Republican Task Force on Health Care Reform released a white paper to improve and update our health care system.
  • 12/30/2015
    2015: A Year of Historic Victories for Manufacturers
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement after a year of historic victories for America’s manufacturers and job creators.
  • 12/18/2015
    Timmons: This Is an Historic Victory for Our Country
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement after Congress passed historic spending legislation with many key manufacturing priorities including significant business tax relief, an end to the ban on crude oil exports, a two-year delay of the Cadillac tax, a repeal of onerous Country-of-Origin labeling requirements and new rules to ease the public–private exchange of cybersecurity information.