By Lois W. Stern, Editor-At-Large at Makemeheal.com
This past weekend, the plastic surgery tax bill, dubbed as the Bo-Tax bill was nixed. Three cheers for the defeat of the Bo-Tax bill! No medical procedure, cosmetic or otherwise, deserves to be taxed and put into the same category as a sin tax.
On the other hand, the Senate is now proposing a 10% tax on indoor tanning. Lawmakers are anticipating the Tan-Tax to bring in approximately $2.7 billion over the next decade. That’s less than half the revenue that was expected from the elective cosmetic surgery tax.
Three cheers also for the proposed tax on tanning beds.
It makes good sense to tax any procedure proven harmful to our health. Readers should know that although The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has long classified the use of sun lamps and tanning beds as “probably carcinogenic to humans”, several months ago they moved UV tanning beds to their highest cancer risk category, citing scientific evidence linking indoor tanning to the deadly skin cancer melanoma “sufficient and compelling.”
It makes good sense to tax any activity proven dangerous to our health.
Our government is struggling for solutions to our budget gap, but the Bo-Tax, even the more reasonable tanning bed tax, are minimum solutions to a huge problem. If only our elected representatives could become less partisan and less indebted to the constituents of their individual states, they could rein in expenses in a heartbeat. Want to hear some of my ideas? My earlier article,
5 % Tax on Cosmetic Surgery? You Must Be Kidding!
Come on Washington, You Can Do Better – Much, Much Better
tells it as I see it. I invite you to read it and make your voices heard.
Here’s to good health.
Lois W. Stern, Editor-At-Large at Makemeheal.com, is the published author of two books: Sex, Lies and Cosmetic Surgery www.sexliesandcosmeticsurgery.com and Tick Tock, Stop the Clock www.ticktockstoptheclock.com/ as well as a number of magazine articles. Her Professional Edition DVD is a popular aid to office staff while interacting with their patients. She and Patty Kovacs are the co-founders of http://coast2coastbeauty.com/CURRENT_NEWS.html. Check it out!none