Chris Rauber is asking those questions at the San Francisco Business Times, and apparently, so is much of the San Francisco business community. Well summed up by Jim Lazarus of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce:
Among the problem area, according to Lazarus:
- The federal individual mandate is not met by Healthy San Francisco.
- The health reimbursement accounts now used by some San Francisco businesses to comply with the local mandate won’t be available next year.
- Healthy San Francisco, after Jan. 1, will be primarily an “avenue of last resort” for individuals, including undocumented residents, who don’t qualify for other programs. “Some may be willing to stay in the program and pay the penalty” for not having individual insurance, Lazarus speculated.
Not to worry, says Mayor Lee.