People wondering when provisions of President Obama’s health care reform will take affect won’t have to wait long. In July, the first of many new taxes will take affect.
In reality neither of the previously mention items are being taxed. Instead the Democrat’s health care reform plan calls for a 10% tax on tanning.
While no specific tanning demographic data exists, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that the tanning tax will disproportionately affect white women.
To bring about distributive change of wealth President Obama once stated he favored federal social programs like welfare and health care over direct reparations because they, “disproportionately affect people of color.”
So, is the new tanning tax a purposeful policy designed to bring about distributive change or is it just another in a long line of sin taxes?
Interestingly enough, while those who tan frequently do have a 1.5 times greater risk of getting skin cancer, a report published in American Society for Clinical Nutrition showed that those same tanners had 25% greater bone density. This means tanning may very well be the number one treatment for preventing osteoporosis. Thus, alleging the tan tax is a sin one may be opening a can of worms supporters of health care reform won’t be able to put back in the bottle.