Gun-loving Americans made a rush on gun stores after Barack Obama was elected president because they wanted to buy while they still could. Plastic surgeons may see a similar surge in business now that word of the tax plan is out:
Face-lifts, tummy tucks and hair transplants could be hit with a new tax to help finance the trillion-dollar healthcare overhaul plan, according to sources familiar with the Senate talks.
The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some “interesting,” “creative,” and “kind of fun” ideas.
Interesting, creative and fun — that’s the way politicians approach economically repressive changes to the tax code. And that’s why nothing, not even the vanity surgeries of Hollywood liberals, is sacred when it comes to raising money for Obama’s healthcare plan.
[Cross-posted at The Enlightened Redneck]