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11/19/2009
Reid Proposes a 5% Tax on Cosmetic Surgery
Senator Harry Reids health care bill included an array of new provisions that are being scrutinized Wednesday night, but one particular tax proposal in particular already has attracted a buzz a 5 percent levy on elective cosmetic procedures that was quickly dubbed the botax.
Reid Proposes a 5% Tax on Cosmetic Surgery

Senator Harry Reids health care bill included an array of new provisions that are being scrutinized Wednesday night, but one particular tax proposal in particular already has attracted a buzz a 5 percent levy on elective cosmetic procedures that was quickly dubbed the botax.
Others suggested it might better be called the seen-in-public option.

Hold the guffaws.

For all the instant punchlines about taxing nose jobs, breast enlargements and facelifts cynics righteously demanded to know if members of Congress had written in an exemption for themselves (they did not) the proposed tax is both serious and controversial policy.

It would raise an estimated $5 billion over 10 years toward the projected $849 billion cost of the health care legislation, and it is certain to be opposed by plastic surgeons and their patients.

The tax would be paid by the patient receiving the cosmetic procedure and collected by the doctor. If the patient fails to pay the tax, the medical professional who performed the procedure would be liable, according to the bill. The tax would be owed regardless of whether the procedure is paid for out of pocket or by insurance.

But the tax would not apply to any cosmetic surgery to correct a congenital deformity or any disfigurement resulting from accident, injury or disease.Some Congressional analysts questioned whether Mr. Reid, who is up for re-election in Nevada next year, would experience any political backlash over the tax, particularly from glamour-seeking constituents in Las Vegas.

http://prescriptions.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/11/18/...

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