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Judge strikes down San Francisco’s health insurance mandate

SAN FRANCISCO In a victory for the restaurant industry, a federal judge has overturned a measure that would have required local employers to either provide their staffs with health insurance or pay a per-employee fee to fund coverage from the city. The citywide mandate was set to take effect Jan. 2.

The employer obligation, known as a play-or-pay plan, has figured into a number of state and local proposals to fund universal health insurance coverage. But U.S.

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