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Plastic Surgery Tax Eyed As Revenue Raiser
National Journal ^

Posted on 07/27/2009 4:30:30 PM PDT by jakerobins

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.

The tax, which has not been officially scored, would plug some of the revenue gap senators are seeking to fill to keep on schedule for a markup the week of Aug. 3. It would target procedures prohibited under Section 213 of the tax code, which deals with itemized deductions for medical expenses not covered by health insurance.

The 1990 deficit-reduction law prohibited taxpayers from taking deductions for cosmetic surgery "unless the surgery or procedure is necessary to ameliorate a deformity arising from, or directly related to, a congenital abnormality, a personal injury resulting from an accident or trauma, or a disfiguring disease."

The law defines cosmetic surgery as "any procedure which is directed at improving the patient's appearance and does not meaningfully promote the proper function of the body or prevent or treat illness or disease."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: biden; botox; hairplugs; joebiden; pelosi; plastic; plasticsurgery; plugs; plugsbiden; stretch; stretchpelosi; surgery; tax
Uh..Oh Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden look out!! LOL
1 posted on 07/27/2009 4:30:30 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins

why not tax...abortions?


2 posted on 07/27/2009 4:32:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (The revolution IS being televised.)
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To: jakerobins

What is it with Max Baucus? It’s like new tax revenue is the Holy Grail for this guy.


3 posted on 07/27/2009 4:37:39 PM PDT by Ranald S. MacKenzie (Its the philosophy, stupid.)
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To: jakerobins

I’m not sure if this is serious or not, but I haven’t laughed so hard in quite a long time. All the Hollyweird people are going to start marching in the streets and there will be riots if this tax goes through. How much will Michael Jackson’s estate have to pay back taxes?


4 posted on 07/27/2009 4:39:34 PM PDT by seawolf101
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To: jakerobins

Tax coffee. Seriously, anyone that would pay more than a buck or two for a cup of Joe certainly wouldn’t mind (or even know).


5 posted on 07/27/2009 4:40:11 PM PDT by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I’m sure the Dems will make sure we are all taxed for Abortions.....The Tremendous Taxes that will be required to maintain the GOV’T RUN HEALTHCARE will be a burdeon on everyone for Generations! My Generation...Gen X so we were once called are completely ruined....


6 posted on 07/27/2009 4:41:51 PM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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To: jakerobins
The law defines cosmetic surgery as "any procedure which is directed at improving the patient's appearance and does not meaningfully promote the proper function of the body or prevent or treat illness or disease."

How is this different from abortion?

7 posted on 07/27/2009 4:42:04 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: jakerobins

Is this proposed tax related to Obama’s remark: “You will not to stop spending money on things that will not make you healthier?” He cannot be talking about the normal sins (smoking and drinking). He needs smokers and drinkers to fund his Utopian plans. I am not sure why spending on plastic surgery would imperil his Utopian dreams.


8 posted on 07/27/2009 4:42:19 PM PDT by businessprofessor
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To: jakerobins

I’m not a strong supporter of taxes, but if they’re fishing with putting balloons up to see which way the wind is blowing, here’s my suggestion. A 50% excise tax on any and all prescription medication advertising. That should certainly raise a lot of revenue. Oh, and same excise tax on any law firm solicitation of people to sue a drug company.


9 posted on 07/27/2009 4:45:32 PM PDT by kingu (Party for rent - conservative opinions not required.)
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To: jakerobins

What’s the definition of “surgery”? Lot’s of cosmetic procedures are not surgical.


10 posted on 07/27/2009 4:46:23 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: jakerobins

What’s next....turning over the sofa cushions looking for spare change?


11 posted on 07/27/2009 4:46:51 PM PDT by justkate
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To: jakerobins

Would this tax apply to organisms undergoing “sex change” operations?


12 posted on 07/27/2009 4:47:43 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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To: jakerobins
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.

Tax clean needles when given to degenerate druggies who could care less about costs bestowed upon society.

13 posted on 07/27/2009 4:49:38 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: jakerobins

This will alienate the core RAT constituency: women!


14 posted on 07/27/2009 4:52:50 PM PDT by freespirited (Honk if you miss Licorice.)
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To: jakerobins

So now the boobs want to tax the boobs??!!!???


15 posted on 07/27/2009 4:56:36 PM PDT by Pablo64 (Political Correctness is a DISEASE. <==> TRUTH is the CURE.)
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To: jakerobins

Must every act be taxed? and if so under what legal theory?!


16 posted on 07/27/2009 5:01:24 PM PDT by CaptRon
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To: justkate

Now that there’s funny. And scarily true.


17 posted on 07/27/2009 5:02:37 PM PDT by CaptRon
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To: jakerobins
I don't know a single person who on deciding on elective surgery, hasn't paid 100% out of their own pocket.

Except maybe Nancy Pelosi...

18 posted on 07/27/2009 5:05:04 PM PDT by Zathras
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To: jakerobins

Having to reach this deep to fund government will teach the government a real lesson, right?


19 posted on 07/27/2009 5:07:04 PM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: jakerobins

If voters want to pay for subsidized healthcare, it should be the general taxpayers who pay for it. NOT other sick people (current system). And NOT people needing cosmetic surgery (proposed system).

You can argue whether or not it’s fair to have government subsidize any healthcare. It think it is fair and a reasonable function of government to an extent.

But to make other health care users pay for indigent costs is just WRONG. It penalizes sick people.


20 posted on 07/27/2009 5:54:39 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: seawolf101
All the Hollyweird people are going to start marching in the streets

Yah, but who's going to look at them -- more than once?

21 posted on 07/27/2009 5:57:43 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|Neda Agha-Soltan - murdered by regime of murder)
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To: jakerobins

22 posted on 07/27/2009 6:54:44 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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Oh great. Let’s kill even more jobs! This industry, whether they like it or not, is part of the economy, and slapping a tax on these procedures will reduce demand and result in people losing jobs. These dems don’t care one whit whether people have jobs or not.

It is almost funny, if it weren’t so despicable, to see these money hungry dems flail about from one tax to the next to try to pay for their utopian health care dream.


23 posted on 07/27/2009 7:37:31 PM PDT by mtrott
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To: CaptRon

Liberals never met a tax they didn’t like.....If they can find the flemsiest excuse for it then they will tax ANYTHING.

“Taxman”-Beatles...

One, two, three, four...
Hrmm!
One, two, (one, two, three, four!)

Let me tell you how it will be;
There’s one for you, nineteen for me.
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Should five per cent appear too small,
Be thankful I don’t take it all.
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

(if you drive a car, car;) - I’ll tax the street;
(if you try to sit, sit;) - I’ll tax your seat;
(if you get too cold, cold;) - I’ll tax the heat;
(if you take a walk, walk;) - I’ll tax your feet.

Taxman!

‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Don’t ask me what I want it for, (ah-ah, mister Wilson)
If you don’t want to pay some more. (ah-ah, mister heath)
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Now my advice for those who die, (taxman)
Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman)
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

And you’re working for no one but me.

Taxman!


24 posted on 07/28/2009 10:49:00 AM PDT by jakerobins ( NO)
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...Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some "interesting," "creative," and "kind of fun" ideas.

Well that says it all. For Dems, thinking up new taxes is FUN. To me, throwing these morons out of office is IMPERATIVE.

25 posted on 07/28/2009 1:10:32 PM PDT by Restore
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