Health care growth is on pace to overtake retail as the largest industry sector in the country. Last year alone, health care added 503,000 jobs – a new record, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Adding jobs is generally good news for the economy, but we view growth of the health care sector with caution. Bigger health care is not necessarily better health care, but it often comes with a higher price tag. And high health care costs put our nation’s employers at a competitive disadvantage compared to other industrialized countries whose health care costs are much lower (and whose outcomes are better). The impact on families is significant as well, as consumers are bearing a greater share of the cost.

The role of health care as a driver of economic growth should not be sector expansion, but rather to deliver exceptional care at an affordable cost. Health care should become a competitive advantage for employers.

Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars

President & CEO at The Alliance
Cheryl DeMars joined The Alliance in 1992, assuming several roles before becoming CEO in December 2006. Cheryl works with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team to establish the strategic direction of the cooperative.

Cheryl participates in a number of national and regional initiatives that align with The Alliance’s mission of controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. She is a board member and former chair of the National Business Coalition on Health. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

Prior to joining The Alliance, Cheryl was a program manager at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She earned a master's degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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