The Business Roundtable said it backs a combination of employer-based coverage, private-market and government reforms, and increased personal responsibility as key tenets to ensuring that every American has access to affordable healthcare coverage.
On Capitol Hill today, the organizationmade up of chief executives whose companies represent more than 10 million employees and provide healthcare coverage for more than 35 million peoplealso called for the general improvement of healthcare through the use of health information technology, transparency, a greater emphasis on wellness and prevention, tax law revisions and medical liability reform.
Healthcare costs are the No. 1 cost pressure facing American businesses, said Mike McCallister, chief executive officer of Humana and chairman of the Business Roundtable. Quite simply, healthcare coverage is out of reach for many businesses, employees and their families, he said. This situation can and must be resolved through bipartisan action now. -- by Matthew DoBias