Should the Obamacare Tanning Tax be Repealed? (S. 2600)
Do you support or oppose this bill?
What is S. 2600?
(Updated April 18, 2021)
This bill — the Tanning Tax Repeal Act of 2018 — would repeal the 10% excise tax on indoor tanning services which was imposed by the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare).
Argument in favor
Obamacare shouldn’t have included a 10% tax on indoor tanning services, so this bill repealing that tax should be passed.
People are free to go to indoor tanning salons if they choose and making them pay a 10% tax for those services is wise.
People who go to tanning salons; tanning salons; and the IRS.
Cost of S. 2600
A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.
In-Depth: Introduced by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and cosponsored by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), this bill would repeal the 10% tax on tanning services imposed by Obamacare.
The tanning bed industry has argued that the tax has forced many small operators out of business and some evidence shows a drop demand that could be tied to the tax, although other factors (like competition from spray-tan facilities) could be responsible.
Of Note: Repeal of the tanning tax was included in the GOP’s American Health Care Act, which would’ve repealed and replaced Obamacare had it not stalled in the Senate.
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