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Senate leaders have withdrawn the so-called “Botax” of 5% on cosmetic medical procedures from the health care reform bill now being considered on the Senate floor.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!

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.