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Healthy SF’s future unclear as U.S. law kicks in
San Francisco Chronicle

Mayor Ed Lee won’t rule out trying to remove a central underpinning of San Francisco’s groundbreaking universal health care law – the requirement that most employers contribute toward their workers’ medical care – as the city tries to harmonize its rules with President Obama’s national health care overhaul.

“We’re keeping every option open,” Lee said when asked about the need for the city’s employer spending requirement, a provision loathed by some business leaders, celebrated by labor and now the focus of intense maneuvering as city officials try to implement the new federal healthcare law.