Health Care Top Business Challenge for Manufacturers

NAM White Paper Highlights 78.2 Percent Increase in Expenditures Over Next Decade

Washington, D.C., July 23, 2015 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a white paper today, titled “Shaping Up: Manufacturers Seek Flexible Health Care Options to Reduce Costs,” that examines health care costs, outlook and changes relating to the Affordable Care Act.

“Health care spending and rising costs continue to hurt manufacturers’ competitiveness and inject uncertainty into their operations,” said NAM Vice President of Human Resources Policy Joe Trauger. “Manufacturers need a solution that reduces costs and addresses the inefficiencies and problems that cost manufacturing in the United States billions of dollars a year.”

Key highlights from the white paper include the following:

  • Health insurance premiums have increased steadily over the past 15 years from $6,549 in 2000 to $16,538 in 2014 for a family policy in the manufacturing sector.
  • The employee benefits tax, also known as the “Cadillac” tax, which goes into effect in 2018, is prompting anxieties for manufacturers. In 2023, the 40 percent employee benefits tax will affect 82 percent of businesses.
  • Manufacturers’ average premiums will likely increase to $17,845 per family under their plan in 2015—an increase of $1,307 per policy in one year.
  • Total national health expenditures accounted for 17.2 percent of GDP in 2013, up from 12.1 percent in 1990 and 13.4 percent in 2000.

For these findings and more, including the full white paper and executive summary, visit our website.



The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit