U.S. Supreme Court Denies Legal Challenge
to Ammiano Healthcare Program

Written by Luke Thomas. Posted in News, Politics

Published on June 28, 2010 with No Comments

Former San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano. File photo by Luke Thomas.

By Luke Thomas

June 28, 2010

Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is breathing a sigh of relief today after learning the U.S. Supreme Court denied a legal challenge to a key provision of “Healthy San Francisco,” a municipal-based universal healthcare program the former supervisor championed from inception when he served on the Board of Supervisors.

The high court’s action today ends a four-year legal challenge by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association, ably defended by the Office of City Attorney Dennis Herrera.

“I am really excited,” Ammiano told FCJ. “It’s truly a green light for the program.  It’s time for the Golden Gate Restaurant Association to stop wasting everyone’s time.”

Luke Thomas

Luke Thomas is a former software developer and computer consultant who proudly hails from London, England. In 2001, Thomas took a yearlong sabbatical to travel and develop a photographic portfolio. Upon his return to the US, Thomas studied photojournalism to pursue a career in journalism. In 2004, Thomas worked for several neighborhood newspapers in San Francisco before accepting a partnership agreement with the SanFranciscoSentinel.com, a news website formerly covering local, state and national politics. In September 2006, Thomas launched FogCityJournal.com. The BBC, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, New York Times, Der Spiegel, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Magazine, 7x7, San Francisco Examiner, San Francisco Bay Guardian and the San Francisco Weekly, among other publications and news outlets, have published his work. Thomas is a member of the Freelance Unit of the Pacific Media Workers Guild, TNG-CWA Local 39521 and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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