Healthy San Francisco: Poor Prognosis
The program is expected to cost $200 million annually, a figure which California Conservative has a few choice thoughts about.
Quick math: $200MM/82,000 = $2,440/per person/annually.Unfortunately it's not that simple. On average, health care spending in the US is on the order of $6,500 per person. Thus, to insure those 82,000 would cost over half a billion dollars. That doesn't include the inevitable expansion of the program, considering it doesn't exclude on the basis of immigration status.
Now, let’s say we’re just talking about only needing a checkup, basic yearly physical. Throw in dentist and optometrist visit. What does that come to? $300/per visit = $900. Let’s round it up to $1000. That leaves $1,400+ being applied elsewhere. Where? More bureaucracy
And now we've reached the crux of the situation. San Francisco could not manage to impose such massive tax increases at once. So, the program has been initiated with very limited coverage. I anticipate that every year the city will add to the list of services, all at a cost to taxpayers.