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S.F. supes propose change to health care accounts
San Francisco Chronicle

Eighty percent of the $50 million San Francisco businesses paid last year into city-mandated health care reimbursement accounts for their uninsured workers was never used and instead went back to the employers, City Hall officials said Thursday.

Now, Supervisor David Campos and six of his colleagues want to close that perceived loophole, despite complaints from business groups that a change would trigger layoffs by cutting too deeply into employers’ bottom line.

Ted Egan, the city controller’s chief economic analyst, said the change could cost the city about 460 jobs in a year, less than 3 percent of the projected annual job growth expected by 2013.