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senate Bill S. 2600

Should the Obamacare Tanning Tax be Repealed?

Argument in favor

Obamacare shouldn’t have included a 10% tax on indoor tanning services, so this bill repealing that tax should be passed.

Karan's Opinion
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04/19/2018
Yes repeal the damn tax! Liberals what happened to your “My Body My Choice” views! Imagine if the GOP wanted to put a tax on abortion services! Would you support that?!
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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04/19/2018
Lets just do, it right the first time. Repeal the entire ACA COMPLETELY, not piecemeal.
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Michael's Opinion
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04/19/2018
Taxes are for raising funds, not encouraging or discouraging behavior. Let people lives their lives and spend their money how they see fit.
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Argument opposed

People are free to go to indoor tanning salons if they choose and making them pay a 10% tax for those services is wise.

OlderNWiser's Opinion
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04/19/2018
Another example of the stunning hypocrisy and corruption of the GOP and #45. We know tanning beds are harmful to health, yet there are many orange Republicans who now want to cut this tax, as well as all taxes on the wealthy -1% while raising taxes on the rest of us. They want to take food stamps from hungry hard-working people, congratulating themselves on their hard work while collapsed in a tanning bed turning orange. And so the oligarchy goes.
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Monica's Opinion
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04/19/2018
Does 45 want this tax repealed for himself?
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Emily's Opinion
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04/19/2018
I view this in the same light as the tax on cigarettes; it is meant to limit public interest. These taxes were put in place to protect the general welfare. Congress doesn’t have the power to take away people’s right to tanning, but it does have the power to make it less likely people will want to engage in it in order to protect their health.
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      Committee on Finance
    IntroducedMarch 22nd, 2018

What is Senate Bill S. 2600?

This bill — the Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2018 — would repeal the 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services which was imposed by the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare).

Impact

People who go to tanning salons; tanning salons; and the IRS.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 2600

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and cosponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), this bill would repeal the 10% tax on tanning services imposed by Obamacare.

The tanning bed industry has argued that the tax has forced many small operators out of business and some evidence shows a drop demand that could be tied to the tax, although other factors (like competition from spray-tan facilities) could be responsible.


Of Note: Repeal of the tanning tax was included in the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which would’ve repealed and replaced Obamacare had it not stalled in the Senate.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: LuckyBusiness / iStock)

AKA

Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2018

Official Title

A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to repeal the excise tax on indoor tanning services.

    Yes repeal the damn tax! Liberals what happened to your “My Body My Choice” views! Imagine if the GOP wanted to put a tax on abortion services! Would you support that?!
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    Another example of the stunning hypocrisy and corruption of the GOP and #45. We know tanning beds are harmful to health, yet there are many orange Republicans who now want to cut this tax, as well as all taxes on the wealthy -1% while raising taxes on the rest of us. They want to take food stamps from hungry hard-working people, congratulating themselves on their hard work while collapsed in a tanning bed turning orange. And so the oligarchy goes.
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    Does 45 want this tax repealed for himself?
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    I view this in the same light as the tax on cigarettes; it is meant to limit public interest. These taxes were put in place to protect the general welfare. Congress doesn’t have the power to take away people’s right to tanning, but it does have the power to make it less likely people will want to engage in it in order to protect their health.
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    Lets just do, it right the first time. Repeal the entire ACA COMPLETELY, not piecemeal.
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    Less Govt. the better.
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    These tanning systems are documented as causing skin cancer. The tax is the least aggressive action that should maintained. Why do we permit use at all?
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    Taxes are for raising funds, not encouraging or discouraging behavior. Let people lives their lives and spend their money how they see fit.
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    Repeal Obamacare entirely.
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    Tanning is harmful and a “luxury” service. I see no reason for this tax to be repealed.
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    My patients in the NW use this to combat Seasonal Affect Disorder that causes severe depression it is an expensive treatment at $25/ session as is adding additional taxes is cumbersome for many of these patients. Also get your facts straight tanning in a booth is probably safer than the sun with the depleted ozone layer and studies show that it helps with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema as well. As long as it is done with moderation, using proper UV waves & specified lotions.
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    I believe in highly taxing those goods and services that are not good for you. From what I’ve read the type of tanning beds normally used in these businesses are not good for you. We tax many other services so why not tanning beds? And, we need to fund Obamacare care as long as that’s the best we have; not continue to starve Obamacare out of existence.
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    Another ploy to make Americans sicker and distracted from what’s really happening. Please pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
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    I smoke. I am taxed up the (U know what)! Pay your tan tax
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    Yes get rid of it! Repealing it will mean more money Americans can keep in their pockets instead of paying for a forced liberal agenda. Imagine if congress enacted a tax on abortions, the progressive liberals would go absolutely berserk. Liberals say it all the time “my body, my choice.”
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    There is no logical reason to repeal this tax. Tanning beds are incredibly hazardous to our health and should be taxed in order to discourage high uses of them. With or without Obamacare, there should be a high tax on this kind of activity.
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    It’s a puzzling tax. If repealed, this would nullify one of the few taxes that Trump is paying. Keep it!
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    Repeal every part of Obamacare!
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    I’m wondering when the Republican Majority will start making actual laws, instead of spending the bulk of their time overturning Obama-era policies. Sure it happens with every Administration change, but I don’t ever recall it happening at this rate. It’s getting to the point where I’m expecting a bill that prevents fathers from giving their daughters a puppy, because that’s what Obama did when he won the ‘08 election.
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