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Thursday, April 3, 2008

MarketWatch on Healthy SF: A Dollar Fee? You Gonna Eat That?

Posted By on Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 10:38 AM

MarketWatch has a delightfully one-sided report on Healthy San Francisco. Our intrepid reporter gushes that restaurant owners are "dishing" the cost of the program out to customers by tacking on surcharges and then invites us to "call it health care a la carte!" Um, no thank you. The executive director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (which is contesting the legality of the program in court) Kevin Westlye, makes an appearance, as does John R. Graham , director of health care studies at the Pacific Research Institute who states authoritatively that we "can’t tax ourselves into good health." Also interviewed is some nameless woman who thinks that eating out is already too expensive. I bet she’s a great tipper. The only proponent of Healthy San Francisco is an unnamed customer who says he doesn’t mind forking over the extra buck. According to the East Bay Business Times, more organizations have been jumping onboard with the GGRA, including the National Association of Manufacturers and the California Chamber of Congress. The fight resumes on April 17, when the case returns to court.-Andy Wright

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