Court upholds San Francisco's health care program

SAN FRANCISCO Potentially clearing the way for statewide insurance mandates funded by employers, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld this city’s employer-subsidized health care program, ruling that it does not violate state and federal laws regulating employee benefit plans.

The unanimous ruling on Tuesday overturned a lower-court decision last December that the Healthy San Francisco program placed an undue burden on small

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