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    Does it tax white people disproportionately?

    "The Obama administration is turning up the heat on tanning salons across the country with the passage of its new health care bill.

    To help fund the $940 billion health care overhaul, a 10% tax on individuals receiving indoor tanning services was tacked on, and the initiative is expected to generate $2.7 billion over ten years."

    http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/24/news/economy/...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    Does it tax white people disproportionately?


    http://money.cnn.com/2010/03/24/news/economy/...
    Yes, but the taxes collected off of Michael Jackson's plastic surgeries and skin bleach has more than offset this new tan-tax.
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    Do you think the new tax will change behavior? Will fewer people tan because it costs more, further improving the overall health of our population?

    If we are going to be serious about managing the healthcare of others (since we are on the hook to pay for it) we should be taxing bad food, requiring people to eat well, and mandating minimum daily exercise. Obesity and cardiovascular disease due to unhealthy lifestyles are a major contributor to skyrocketing healthcare costs.

    Food with excessive fat, sugar, and sodium should be identified. All bad food should be ineligable for purchase with food stamps, should have a prominant warning from the surgeon general, and be in plain packaging so it is not appealing to children.

    All food purchases must meet an approved ratio of fruits, vegetables, protein, and starch. This can be tracked on a national health card that is swiped at the grocery store to accumulate monthly food purchase data. Grocery stores will be compelled to refuse the purchase of certain items if the monthly allotment (ration of good to bad) is exceeded.

    Employers should be compelled to put in health and exercise programs, require participation by employees, track participation, and report participation to the government. Participation in exercise programs can be reported on the annual W2 so the IRS monitor and track it. People who show improvement in health year over year receive tax breaks. People who do not improve do not receive the tax breaks. People who digress are taxed at a higher rate. Progress is tracked against a nationally recognized health quality standard.

    All of this health information can also be tracked monitored and enforced at the state and local level to keep it close to the people. States can be ranked by the health of their population and receive additional federal funding based on the their ranking against other states.

    Local governments can get involved by using the health tracking information to further incentivise healthy lifestyles hrough local property taxes. Healthy individuals and families get property tax breaks, unhealthy individuals and a families pay more. By tying this to a car or real estate tax, local goverments can ensure compliance by siezing the property of tax deadbeats.

    This is just a start, but could be an outline for a very successful program to reduce healthcare costs and fund national healthcare.

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    I hope there was LOTS of sarcasm in that post...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoosier View Post
    Does it tax white people disproportionately?
    Absolutely! We could offset that by increasing taxes on fried chicken and watermelon. If that's not enough, tax chitlins as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabireley View Post
    Do you think the new tax will change behavior? Will fewer people tan because it costs more, further improving the overall health of our population?

    If we are going to be serious about managing the healthcare of others (since we are on the hook to pay for it) we should be taxing bad food, requiring people to eat well, and mandating minimum daily exercise. Obesity and cardiovascular disease due to unhealthy lifestyles are a major contributor to skyrocketing healthcare costs.

    Food with excessive fat, sugar, and sodium should be identified. All bad food should be ineligable for purchase with food stamps, should have a prominant warning from the surgeon general, and be in plain packaging so it is not appealing to children.

    All food purchases must meet an approved ratio of fruits, vegetables, protein, and starch. This can be tracked on a national health card that is swiped at the grocery store to accumulate monthly food purchase data. Grocery stores will be compelled to refuse the purchase of certain items if the monthly allotment (ration of good to bad) is exceeded.

    Employers should be compelled to put in health and exercise programs, require participation by employees, track participation, and report participation to the government. Participation in exercise programs can be reported on the annual W2 so the IRS monitor and track it. People who show improvement in health year over year receive tax breaks. People who do not improve do not receive the tax breaks. People who digress are taxed at a higher rate. Progress is tracked against a nationally recognized health quality standard.

    All of this health information can also be tracked monitored and enforced at the state and local level to keep it close to the people. States can be ranked by the health of their population and receive additional federal funding based on the their ranking against other states.

    Local governments can get involved by using the health tracking information to further incentivise healthy lifestyles hrough local property taxes. Healthy individuals and families get property tax breaks, unhealthy individuals and a families pay more. By tying this to a car or real estate tax, local goverments can ensure compliance by siezing the property of tax deadbeats.

    This is just a start, but could be an outline for a very successful program to reduce healthcare costs and fund national healthcare.

    Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by ducknwork View Post
    I hope there was LOTS of sarcasm in that post...
    We passed the healthcare reform bill without sufficient revenue or control over the variable costs. The end certainly justifies the means.

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    Yep...first the tanning beds.....next the sun.

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    Actually it would be an interesting court challenge. One could seriously debate that it is racist and singles out one section of the population based on their race.
    If this were reversed and it taxed blacks rather than whites all heck would have broken loose!
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