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ObamaCare Tanning Tax ‘Is A Racist Tax’ Says GOP US Congressman From Florida

by David Badash on August 6, 2013

in News,Politics

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ObamaCare includes a ten percent tax on tanning bed usage, designed to combat the costly skin cancer hazards believed to be associated with tanning. But a Florida Republican U.S. Congressman (and veterinarian), Ted Yoho, says it’s racist against white people.

“I had an Indian doctor in our office the other day,” Yoho said at a recent town hall meeting, “very dark skin, with two non-dark skin people, and I asked this to him, I said, ‘Have you ever been to a tanning booth?’ and he goes, ‘No, no need.’ So therefore it’s a racist tax and I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.”

Congressman Yoho should also be careful, coming from the state of Florida, with using the word “disenfranchised.”

But the idea that it’s a racist tax is no more believable than a tax on cigarettes marginalizes smokers or a tax on alcohol marginalizes people who drink. So-called “sin taxes” have been around for decades.



Audio and transcript via Right Wing Watch

Image via Ted Yoho campaign site


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jmichael1001 August 6, 2013 at 3:59 pm

This is clearly a tax directed at both those individuals whose melanocytes produce low levels of melanin and private business owners. I have to agree with the Yoho from Florida. I respect this website, and I was under the impression that it worked for civil rights for all Americans. I'm surprised that Mr. Badash would weigh-in on this issue.

BJLincoln August 6, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I'm sure the tax was made just to make white people pay!

Tanning is very bad for your skin. I don't see it as a racist thing. It's a sin tax. I have been taxed to death for smoking over the years and think it's about time other things that are bad for you are taxed too. Smoking and drinking are not the only things that should be considered a "sin". This guy is just trying to make waves.

MiddleGrounds August 6, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Okay, so they want to tax tanning…big deal. Everything else is pretty much taxed to high hell, why not this as well? Now question is, is it just for the tanning BEDS or the 'spray' tans as well?

davidbrooklyn August 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Yes, I've had enough. Of Florida and Republicans.

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