Today's Senate vote on a nearly $1 trillion health-care "includes a 10 percent levy on indoor tanning salons, which replaced a previously proposed tax on cosmetic surgery," Bloomberg reports here.
"There are 18,000 to 20,000 places with tanning equipment in the U.S... The tax will probably help drive more salons -- already hurt by declines in consumer spending -- into bankruptcy."
Why? Because plastic surgeons have a stronger lobby, of course. Plus look at the constituents: People who can pay for tummy tucks have more clout than people who can't afford Caribbean vacations.