Health Care Reform

The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce supports comprehensive health care reform, enabling basic coverage at reasonable costs. However, the Chamber opposes employer mandates, minimum required coverage levels and the imposition of additional tax burdens on businesses and individuals. The Chamber does not support a government-run health plan, which would be an unfair competitor with private plans.

The Chamber supports creation of an insurance cooperative for small businesses, making insurance portable and the elimination of the bans on pre-existing conditions. The Chamber supports reform to the fee for service payment method, supports caps for malpractice awards and supports more efficient use of health information technology.

Reform to the ailing health care system in the United States is needed. Reform must be comprehensive and coverage competitively available to all US citizens that wish to purchase it. But health care reform must not come at the detriment of the business community.