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A provision of the Obama administration’s healthcare reform kills two birds with one stone: a 10% tax on UV tanning beds raises money to fund the legislation, while simultaneously discouraging a practice that increases the risk of developing skin cancer.
Even tan addicts are either giving up their habit or switching to safer spray tans: none other than reality TV star Snooki of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame says that she’s scaled back due to the tax, although she can certainly afford it now. According to her, Obama’s presidential rival Sen. John McCain wouldn’t have targeted the cast of her show with the tax.
That’s certainly possible, because McCain didn’t support comprehensive affordable health insurance reform. However, it’s doubtful that he–as a melanoma survivor–was doing it for Snooki and co.’s benefit.