Best Step Forward in Health Care - 2009
Healthy San Francisco
Healthy San Francisco, the city's fledgling universal health care program, is a bold promise in the most uncertain of times. For its 37,000 members — most with incomes at or below the federal poverty level — Healthy San Francisco offers the possibility of regular treatment instead of seeing the doctor only when something is wrong. The program represents initiative at a time when accessible health care is needed more than ever, and so won the city praise from President Barack Obama. Some critics decry an increase in wait times for care, but for those enrolled in Healthy San Francisco, their membership cards afford them one less worry in a worrisome economy. And that should make us all feel a little better.