The SF Chamber of Commerce is holding an “Urban Health Care” meeting to re-define “the uninsured” as yuppies without health coverage. SF has over 130,000 uninsured, mostly working and poor, but the Chamber wants to cover only high-paid technical and skilled employees of the “new” SF.


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Friday, Sept 16, Noon
Ritz Carlton Hotel, 600 Stockton @ Pine

From Chamber’s website on the SF Supervisors’ proposal to require local businesses to provide health insurance:    “… the Chamber has expressed concerns about the prospect of raising costs on companies … . The Chamber’s Health Care Committee is looking at alternatives … (and) with the support of Kaiser Permanente, will host a Health Care Conference on Sept. 16 to initiate a community dialogue on creative approaches to meeting the health-care needs of San Francisco’s rising population of working uninsured individuals and families."
“The fastest growing group of uninsured people last year were middle and upper income adults, individuals who tended to work for small businesses and were either laid off from their jobs or their employers passed insurance costs off to them when the premiums jumped.” SOURCE: US Census Bureau, 2002
WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS in the health-care industry and businesses, both large and small, the Chamber will convene a half-day symposium … to:
  • Develop an understanding of the scope of the problem of the working uninsured, including demographics (e.g. income, age, family size etc), service needs and coverage.
  • Define a rollout implementation plan to test the pilot project.

Keynote Address - Secretary Tommy G. Thompson

Tommy G. Thompson is the former Health & Human Services Secretary and four-term Governor of Wisconsin, and currently chair of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions and a partner at the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Field.

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