First: Do Now Harm — The S.F. Health Ordinance

By April 1, 2008Briefly Legal, Health Care

From BizJournals:

San Francisco restaurateurs’ legal battle with the city’s novel health plan is gaining supporters.

At least nine groups have submitted briefs to the U.S. Court of Appeals urging judges to halt mandatory business payments to a program designed to provide coverage to as many as 82,000 uninsured adult city residents. The plan, called Healthy San Francisco, is also funded by city money and payments from people who are enrolled.

Groups including the National Federation of Independent Business, the California Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Department of Labor have written the court arguing that the city’s health plan is superseded by a federal law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which restricts local governments from administering employee benefits.

The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has a resource-rich webpage devoted to its opposition to the city ordinance, available here.

The NAM’s news release and amicus brief are available here.

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