Obamacare shutters 10,000 tanning salons that many people depend on for vitamin D

Thursday, August 25, 2016
By Paul Martin

by: J. D. Heyes
Thursday, August 25, 2016

The longer the Affordable Care Act remains the law of the land, the more damage it does to the U.S. economy, and the more negative impact it has on the lives of Americans. That is especially true when it comes to Obamacare’s impact on employment.

In fact, entire industries are being hampered by the massive, overly bureaucratic law – in part because of its compliance costs, and in part because of the new taxes it imposes. Count the tanning industry among those.

Around the country business owners are complaining about the 10 percent tax on tanning contained in the law, which has since forced the closure of 10,000 of the approximately 18,000 tanning salons in the United States, The Associated Press reports. This means that not only have scores of business owners lost money and employees jobs, but the law isn’t bringing in the tax revenue anticipated to help offset some of the costs of subsidizing low-income Americans who have obtained insurance coverage through the various (and failing) Obamacare exchanges.

Defenders of Obamacare say that owners and the industry are overstating the effects of the “tan tax,” arguing that tanning salons – which have been panned by critics, but which are actually valued sources of vitamin D, necessary for the maintenance of bone density and health – are suffering from public health warnings about so-called dangers of tanning. Also, they claim the industry is being hurt by laws in dozens of states that restrict the use of salons by minors.

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