PLEASANTON, Calif. — Steve Burd, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Safeway here, defended the chain's ability to contain health care costs, in a letter this week to the health section of the Los Angeles Times. Responding to an article several weeks earlier that ran under the headline, "Is It Your Boss' Business?" Burd said Safeway's approach had been misrepresented. "Here are the facts straight from the source," he wrote. "Safeway's 'all in' health care costs for employees ...

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