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Healthcare Reform Reduces Tanning Bed Use

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Image: elgin.jessica under CC 3.0

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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McCain and Obama Face Off on Health Insurance Reform

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

(Image: Chesi – Fotos CC under CC 3.0)

One of the most famous attendees of the bipartisan healthcare reform summit is Republican Senator John McCain. The Arizona senator and President Obama’s opponent in the 2008 election has been a feisty counterpoint. Some would speculate that some bitterness from the bruising campaign was in play.

John McCain wants each state to be treated equally in any bill, and is concerned with legislative process. He spoke up against the budget reconciliation option the Obama administration is considering to push this health insurance plan through.

At one point, Obama agreed with one of his comments, which took McCain aback with shock. However, there was still some back-in-forth. His presence is slightly puzzling, since he is not a ranking member of relevant committees. Although McCain has previously been known for bipartisan cooperation with Democrats (such as the 2002 McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill), he is currently facing a more conservative Republican primary opponent. Therefore, he may not have the flexibility to compromise, even though there is a surprising amount of common ground when it comes to affordable health insurance.

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