Pa.'s play-or-pay insurance plan is blasted

HARRISBURG Pa. Restaurateurs and other business operators in Pennsylvania have assailed Gov. Ed Rendell's plan to levy a payroll tax to fund state-subsidized health insurance.

Rendell said he wants to impose the tax on some 100,000 employers who do not currently offer health-care insurance coverage to their workers. Under the so-called play-or-pay plan, employers with more than 50 workers would pay 3 percent of their payroll - called a "fair share assessment"

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