Health care battle over San Francisco health care law scheduled for Friday afternoon 

One of the tensest political battles going on these days is over San Francisco’s Health Care Security Ordinance, the groundbreaking law that ensures the uninsured can have affordable access to health services.

On Friday, at 1 p.m., expect a heated Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee, which is holding a hearing on legislation introduced by Supervisor David Campos that will amend the ordinance. Campos’ proposal would prevent businesses from reclaiming unused money each year in employees’ medical reimbursement accounts. These accounts are one way hundreds of businesses comply with the health care law.

Business advocates are angry about the proposal, saying it would cost businesses $50 million and result in job losses. They have even threatened to withdraw support of November ballot measures should the Campos legislation prevail.

The fight is igniting a battle and energizing ideological bases. Plan C, a more moderate advocacy group, called on its members Thursday to contact Mayor Ed Lee and supervisors asking them to oppose the Campos legislation.

The committee could send the legislation to the full board for a vote as early as Tuesday. Campos says he has six votes to approve the bill. And if it is approved Lee would have 10 days to decide whether to veto the bill. It would take eight votes by the board to overturn the mayoral veto.

This intense political debate comes at a politically sensitive time. Voting for the mayoral election begins Oct. 11. Vote by mail ballots will be sent out on Oct. 10 to registered voters.

The committee meets at City Hall, at 1 p.m., in Room 263.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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