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Healthcare Reform Reduces Tanning Bed Use

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

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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.

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Republicans Trying To Repeal Healthcare Reform Bill

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

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Less than 48 hours after President Obama and Democrats managed to pass a comprehensive health insurance reform bill, Republicans are already launching an effort to repeal it. The push for repeal is being led by Sen. John McCain, who plans to use procedural maneuvers to extend the length of the reconciliation process in the Senate. After some initial wavering, Senator Scott Brown–the Massachusetts Republican whose election made this process necessary–is also open to the repeal movement. The GOP may even force the new proposals into a separate House of Representatives vote.

Republican Senator Jim DeMint will shortly file legislation to repeal the affordable health insurance law, making it ineffective. However, the prospects of actual repeal are unlikely. It would require a full two thirds of both chambers of Congress to repeal a bill signed into law by the President, a threshold they probably won’t reach. Their best shot is to bog the Senate’s reconciliation vote down with amendments to such a degree that House Democrats who grudgingly voted in favor of the Senate bill become disenchanted (not to mention, further worried about re-election). Then, the parliamentarian, Alan Frumin, is responsible for upholding or rejecting their challenges.

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GOP: The Healthcare Fight Isn’t Over

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

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Democrats may be relishing in their healthcare reform victory, but that doesn’t mean that the controversy is over. Republicans are still steadfast in their opposition of the newly passed legislation, believing that it will negatively impact the quality of health insurance plans in America.

GOP Senator John McCain predicts that public outrage will be further stoked by the process by which it was passed. Democrats will no doubt suffer in the midterm elections for their votes in favor of what McCain considers a government takeover. Protests will pressure Congress to repeal the bill, though those prospects are unlikely.

Already, many state legislatures have passed laws circumventing the individual health insurance mandate–one of the centerpieces of the legislation. Mostly Republican legislatures believe that that portion of the law is unconstitutional, since it involves the federal government requiring the purchase of a product within each state. The legal question will surely make it to the Supreme Court.

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