play or pay

Hospital staffing A plan in which physicians choose either to provide coverage for their department in a hospital (play) or contribute to a fund for providing coverage (pay)
Managed care A universal health care coverage plan proposed by President Clinton in which an employer would either provide his workers with a basic health benefits package (‘play’), or pay into a government-managed insurance pool

play or pay

Managed care A universal health care coverage plan proposed by Presidents Bill & Hillary Clinton where an employer would either provide his workers with a basic health benefits package–'play', or pay into a government-managed insurance pool. See Clinton plan Hospital staffingA plan in California in which physicians choose either to provide coverage to a department–play, or contribute to a fund for the coverage–pay.
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And, again, it's not hard to see why: Many executives think play or pay is the solution to their health-cost problems.
The play or pay option would allow companies to pay a fixed tax (now a proposed 7 percent of payroll) instead of increasingly costly health insurance.
But if bad for business, play or pay is even worse for employees.