Botox Tax Yanked From Health Care Reform Bill
Senate leaders have withdrawn the so-called “Botax” of 5% on cosmetic medical procedures from the health care reform bill now being considered on the Senate floor. Considering the number of congress members on both sides of the aisle–and their spouses–who avail themselves of injectibles and discreet aesthetic improvements, this is a good move. Wonder who proposed that? Emptywheel Marcy Wheeler will buy you a beer if you find out, and I’ll throw in a bottle of champagne!
But to counteract that loss of funding there’s now the Boehner tax–a 10% surchage added to the cost of using tanning beds.
While this is good news for the millions of middle class Americans–91% of whom are women–who spend their post-tax dollars on Botox, Juvederm, dental bleaching, lasersing and so on and bad new for those fake-bake addicts heading towns melanoma–we still don’t have public option!
Keep up the pressure on your senators. It worked for boob jobs, face lifts and wrinkle removing–it should work for the public option!