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From the Huffington Post:

Gone from the bill is a tax on cosmetic surgical procedures, including Botox injections. Instead, Senate Democrats are proposing a 10 percent sales tax on tanning salons, to be paid by the person soaking up the rays. The Food and Drug Administration says ultraviolet radiation from tanning can increase the risk of skin cancer.

John Boehner, take that!

By Harold Meyerson  | December 19, 2009; 3:12 PM ET
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Oh please let this stay in the final bill. Boehner should have to pay to look so silly.

Posted by: merrylees | December 19, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Hey it's not his fault, he is 1/3 Oompa Loompa on his father's side.

Posted by: ozpunk | December 19, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

While most tanning salon use is vanity, it is also recommended by skin specialists in the treatment of some skin disorders including psoriasis.

Taxing treatment use is a bit ironic in the context of the bill.

Posted by: AlanBrowne | December 19, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked, SHOCKED, that taxing botox has been removed from the bill.

I guess we know what the price for a Kerry vote is...

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | December 19, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Crap, the Botax was one of the most creative features of the bill. Only it should have been set at about 50%.

Posted by: jimk8mr | December 19, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Nancy P. got the botox tax killed. Would have bankrupted her.

Posted by: capsfan77 | December 19, 2009 5:52 PM | Report abuse

How about a tax on tattoos? We could buy back all of our Treasuries from China, bail out Dubai and still have enough left over to buy everyone free fries twice a week.

Posted by: douglaslbarber | December 19, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

I'll bet the Botox tax made Pelosi's eyebrows raise.

Her face looked tight when she argued against it.

Posted by: Ombudsman1 | December 19, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

I really do believe that Boehner's tan is of the spray on Maaco variety.

Posted by: MikeV2 | December 19, 2009 8:55 PM | Report abuse

have read excellent articles here about Heatlh care issues....

Posted by: obwatch | December 21, 2009 4:02 AM | Report abuse

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