Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Plastic Surgery Tax?

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, Congress Daily reports.

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.

And that's just the start, wait for Obama's power freaks to decide that plastic surgery is a low priority procedure and waiting lists start to form.

The country is, therefore, likely to get uglier under Obama.



  1. "interesting," "creative," and "kind of fun" ideas.

    They want to play mad scientist like Bernanke. Great.

  2. It's completely logical. Wouldn't the plastic surgery market be a good example where a market for health care actually works? Of course we have to tax it.

  3. Here come the back ally facelifts!

  4. Wenzel,

    This is just more evidence of your right-wing nutjobbery.

    I think "reasonable people" can agree (via democratic, majoritarian consensus) that plastic surgery is not a right, as other forms of healthcare are, but rather a privelege. And when it comes to providing plastic surgery for one 17-year-old spoiled bimbo girl, or basic primary care for one hundred of the countries most under-served, it seems obvious, "reasonable people" might agree, that there is more QALY-utility in opting for the primary care for the many versus the personal aggrandizement of the few.

    I am so offended.