Justice Anthony Kennedy today denied the motion by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association to prevent the ongoing implementation of the Healthy San Francisco program–including the minimum employer contribution. This is after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the program earlier this year.
As the City, as well as unions and others that objected to the restaurants’ request for a stay, said in their filing: “… the City’s program has become fully operational, the medium and large employers covered by the ordinance have been complying with the spending requirement for 15 months, and tens of thousands of previously-uninsured workers now have health coverage under the City’s program. There is no basis for disturbing this status quo while the normal certiorari process runs its course.”
The next step is to see if the Supreme Court take the case…
UPDATE: Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle write-up.