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Old March 24th, 2010, 03:17 PM   #1
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Tanning Agencies Sue to Declare Healthcare Law Discriminatory

(AP) Dennis Bruce, Staff Writer



Five tanning center industry groups have vowed to file lawsuits over whether the new healthcare bill's tanning tax is discriminatory.



"This tax focuses exclusively on white Americans, as they are almost exclusively the only customers of tanning centers. This is a war on white Americans by President Obama," said Mindy Spritz, owner of a Tarzana, California tanning salon.



The lawsuits will focus on the argument that this tax has a disparate impact on one racial group - white Americans. "Would we condone a tax on afro combs or tamales?" said Maurice Dubois, another Tarzana tanning salon owner.



Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, expressed her disagreement with Ms. Spritz. "While most members of our community do not use tanning services, they certainly can use them."
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Old March 24th, 2010, 03:44 PM   #2
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Sounds like one of those "Only In America" stories!
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Old March 24th, 2010, 05:53 PM   #3
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well, at least the taxpayers won't have to foot the bill for this loser case
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Old April 15th, 2010, 08:34 PM   #4
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I recently read this article, and I found that most of the people disagree in the implementation of 10% tax in tanning. However, I agree if that tax has a dynamic rule in the development in our country.
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Old April 15th, 2010, 08:40 PM   #5
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The tax isn't any more discriminatory than a tax on alcohol or cigarettes. Tanning causes skin cancer. It is bad for you and the government hasevery right to tax that.
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So "cancer" is your litmus? I guess that "soda tax" might be next, that dreaded sugar. Diabetes is a killer too. I wonder would they tax sweet tea too?

But then again, perhaps we should tax hamburgers. Cholesterol and fat are killers.

Why not tax all steak houses? All that meat is unhealthy.

Not to mention let's levy cars just a bit more, cause' lotsa people are killed by cars. Let's get some Obamacare tax on that.



I'm sorry "sin tax" is one thing, but I bet this, like the mandate, are just trial balloons to see just what they can get away with. Tanning, something people can do outside anyway, is hardly a "sin". The tax may be constitutionally sound, but it does not set a good precedent.
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Old April 16th, 2010, 04:07 AM   #7
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Damn always trying to keep the white man white. There should be a beach towel and suntan oil tax too, the coconut scented crisco not sun block (sun block keeps whitey white after all)



I am thinking taxing flip flops would be good too, double the tax if you are a dude wearing them with jeans. or maybe just put them to death (just to beat PN to that punchline )
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So "cancer" is your litmus? I guess that "soda tax" might be next, that dreaded sugar. Diabetes is a killer too. I wonder would they tax sweet tea too?

But then again, perhaps we should tax hamburgers. Cholesterol and fat are killers.

Why not tax all steak houses? All that meat is unhealthy.

Not to mention let's levy cars just a bit more, cause' lotsa people are killed by cars. Let's get some Obamacare tax on that.



I'm sorry "sin tax" is one thing, but I bet this, like the mandate, are just trial balloons to see just what they can get away with. Tanning, something people can do outside anyway, is hardly a "sin". The tax may be constitutionally sound, but it does not set a good precedent.


It's the same as taxing cigarettes and alcohol. If it is also a carcinogen, then it should be taxed as well. Why not? And why not tax soda and crappy sugar foods more? Especially when poor people with diabetes and insured people with diabetes contibute so much costs on to the system? Seriously? Things that are very bad for you shouldn't be left cheap and easy to afford. Tax them. Why the hell not? People pay a lot of tax on cars. And fees. And we have insurance to cover the risks of accidents and that keep the costs from accidents and dangers from driving lower. And people don't pay to tan outside, so it wouldn't be taxed. Tanning booths are contributing to people getting skin cancer, do you deny that it causes skin cancer?
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who are they kidding anyway, it's just going to get passed on to the consumer.



yeah and I'm gonna stop buying beer when the tax goes up again
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I am thinking taxing flip flops would be good too, double the tax if you are a dude wearing them with jeans. or maybe just put them to death (just to beat PN to that punchline )


Taxing flip flops is a great idea! We need a whole 'fashion police' department.



Honestly, there was a woman at the symphony last Saturday night in flip flops!

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