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The Tanning Salon Tax [aka the Boehner tax]

Maybe if John Boehner spent a little less time in the tanning booth the Republicans could have defeated Obamacare.

I don’t like soda taxes.

I don’t like pizza taxes.

And I’d certainly appreciate if they lowered liquor taxes.

Like most Americans, I have a principled opposition to taxes: I don’t like any tax that applies to me. But if it is a tax that you pay and I don’t, well then, I’m all for it. After all, what is more American that opposing taxes but wanting more services?

This is a long way of saying that I’m pretty pumped about the new “vanity tax” passed as part of the healthcare reform bill. The tax, as far as I understand it, will levy 10 percent on customers of indoor tanning salons.

As I don’t frequent tanning salons but could use more government money to pay for my health insurance, this strikes me as a great tax—a win win, as they say.

What’s more, tanning salons always struck me as a little icky. I’m sure they can be used in moderation to good effect. But more often than not, the folks who come walking out of the tanning salon seemingly spent WAY too much time there and end up with a strange orange glow that leaves them looking, well, more Martian than sexy.

Maybe this tax will dissuade over tanning. If not, it’s still more money for healthcare that comes from someone else’s pocket. So I’m all for it.

God Bless America and God Bless ObamaCare!

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