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November 24th, 2009
05:23 PM ET

Documents: Senate health reform proposal includes "Botax"

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The Senate released its proposal for health care reform last week. According to projections from the Congressional Budget Office the bill will extend coverage to 30 million Americans currently uninsured while still reducing budget defects by a projected $127 billion.

But the question has been where does the added revenue come from. According to proposed Section 5000B part of that added revenue is new taxes. Taxes on elective cosmetic medical procedures. Read the passage from page 2045 of the Senate's health care proposal.


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  1. Jo

    If we Tax Plastic Surgery that seems to target females, we should also consider taxing Viagra, Cialis, Testosterone Cyponate, and Flomax. All are considered non medically required most of the time, and used by men, probably most of Congress.

    November 25, 2009 at 1:43 am |
  2. Todd Anderson

    The taxation has begun!

    November 25, 2009 at 1:37 am |
  3. Deborah

    Give me a break. In the real world it would be nice to be able to afford my asthma and other medicines. That you give bo-tax so much play on your news program detracts from the important issues surrounding health care reform and the help Americans really need today. Maybe it's important to some, but when so many are desperate for basic coverage that is affordable, this is silly and insulting.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm |
  4. Bonnie Faulkner

    Taxing ELECTIVE surgery? What next, the air we breathe? Oh, that's right, that's not elective. People–this is just wrong any way you look at it.

    November 24, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  5. Kathy, Andover

    It will certainly be a reliable contribution! They should tax more than 5%

    November 24, 2009 at 9:31 pm |

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