Nickel & Dimed in San Francisco Health Care
Despite a (possibly short-term) victory in court, San Francisco’s Health Access Program faces an uphill struggle to provide so-called “universal” health care to San Franciscans. SF HAP, a.k.a. “Healthy San Francisco”, is the name given to the City’s tax hike on small businesses to fund it’s public health bureaucracy.
Apparently, the tax hike is just not enough. Mayor Gavin Newsom is upset with eight supervisors and their allies who are promoting Prop B, a ballot initiative that will allocate 2.5 cents of every $100 of property taxes for so-called “affordable housing”.
According to Mayor Newsom and other critics (as quoted by the San Francisco Chronicle, allocating this tiny fraction of property taxes to “affordable housing” will force heavy cuts to health care and other services.
If Prop B passes, I’m sure it won’t take Mayor Newsom long to propose another tax hike to fund his unaccountable expansion of the Department of Public Health.
When will San Francisco learn that it can nickel & dime its residents again and again, but it cannot tax us into good health?