This yuppie hangout in my 'hood, Medjool, has broken ranks with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and joined a brief in favor of the city's requirement that employers pay toward giving their employees health insurance. GGRA struck out with its objections in lower courts, but is appealing the mandate to the Supreme Court. San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco jumped the gun on health care reform and has managed to get most of our 60000 residents previously without insurance into a local program called Healthy San Francisco. According to health economists, writing in the New York Times, the scheme works well without hurting businesses:
A "public option" works if lawmakers will only take the plunge and write smart legislation that subsidizes those who can't pay by making moderate charges on those who can.
Congress: take note of San Francisco's experience.