Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has caved into the ominous presence that’s presented by cosmetic surgeons. Previously, it was stated that a 5% levy would be set against cosmetic procedures. After much deliberation, it’s been removed from the bill. In its place? A 10% tax on indoor tanning sessions.
The American Medical Association among other large entities stated that taxing cosmetic procedures was discrimination against women, being that statistics show that women are the primary patients of elective cosmetic surgery.
I think it’s interesting (read: expected) that the “Bo-Tax” has been abolished; cosmetic surgery is a large vat of bread and butter for far too many physicians — even consultants for elective “plastic” surgery have cried out against receiving their own form of kickbacks.
As the former “Bo-Tax” left provisions for medically-necessary cosmetic surgery (i.e., reconstruction after mastectomy), the new Tan-Tax will allow wiggle room for necessary tanning procedures or as the AMA calls it, “photo-therapy.”
While I think it’s kind of cheesy that the Senate backed away from what was surely a large adversity, I still think it’s a good thing that tanning will be taxed instead. Far more women can spare the $5 or $10 or $25 dollars that a tanning salon requires to fry their skin and innards — the likelihood of making more money (despite a smaller chunk of change) off of this procedure is a bit higher.
Yes, a lot of women go under the knife and it’s a matter of choice, but with the exception of cases such as the former Argentinian model who died of complications, it’s a much less invasive practice than, say, locking yourself in a UV ray-filled capsule and sauteing your skin for thirty minutes at a clip — it’s much more dangerous than a lot of people acknowledge it to be. I, myself, had a skin scare not too long ago.
I was always a sun-worshipper. I never wore sunblock; to the contrary! I’d find the best home-remedies out there for amping my tan up as best I could. Crisco, iodine and olive oil were my favorites to blend together. It ensured maximum bronze-ness. However, after going on holiday to the Dominican Republic, I noticed some (okay, a lot) of white spots on the back of my right shoulder. After visiting the doc and asking what it could be (looked like Vitiligo a’la Michael Jackson, to me), it was found that I had beyond burned my skin — it was even further gone than sun poisoning.
Well, needless to say I gave up tanning that year. The spots never went away and I am unhappy. But yet, I’m much happier that I had a good enough scare that skin cancer had yet to leave its horrid mark on me.
Go Healthcare Bill, go!
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