The Chronicle reported yesterday that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in San Francisco's favor, requiring businesses to continue paying fees that enable their employees to access city health care even as the legality of the program is challenged in court. Six weeks ago, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled city officials could require large and medium size companies to either pay the fee or provide insurance. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association balked and filed a suit saying the program violated a federal law. U.S. District Judge Jeffery Wright agreed and on Dec. 26 suspended payments until the case could be heard. (click 'more')
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