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December 20, 2009

Reidcare Taxes Tanning Salons Too

Oy. Earlier I posted on the phony tort reform in Reid's version of healthcare reform which will make healthcare more expensive. Now let's talk about its tax on indoor tanning. Yes, ReidCare imposes a ten percent tax on ultraviolet tanning at tanning salons.

Tanning causes cancer (except for those studies that say it doesn't; whatever), so Democrats link tanning to healthcare and voila: tax it. Hey, never pass up an opportunity to tax something that idiots will say should be illegal. This is fairly banal creeping socialism: the government should discourage stuff that's legal but not good for you by tax and regulation. In other words, these are mincing steps toward making it illegal. (See Smoking, indoors, in the presence of children, in your own car, etc.)

Entirely facetious observation: isn't the tanning tax going to disproportionately impact Americans of a certain racial type?

UPDATE [DiT]: More Taxes! Here's a comprehensive rundown on additional taxes and penalties (taxes) imposed in the Reid-Obama version of the health bill (via eddiebear).


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posted by Gabriel Malor at 03:45 AM

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