A federal court in Los Angeles has upheld a San Francisco health care program in which all for-profit employers with more than 20 employees to offer them some form of health insurance.
The law was being challenged by the local restaurant association, but according to the 3-judge panel, it does not act in violation of federal laws in place to regulate employee benefit programs.
Originally the law had been shot down by a lower court who had initially ruled that the ruling meant that there was undue financial pressures being put on struggling businesses.
The law would also insure that all non profit companies with more than 50 employees would benefit from the for-profit businesses, who would also have to set aside money for the Healthy San Francisco program.
“This is a pioneering program that is having tangible results and making a big difference in the lives of tens of thousands of workers,” said Tim Paulson, executive director of the San Francisco Labor Council.
How are restaurants paying for their contribution to the program? Out of pocket? Yeah right, try charging an exter 3% or more to each bill paid by a patron.