Since I posted a poll about the proposed elective cosmetic tax, over 40 responses came in, and almost half of them said the tax would discriminate against women.
Meanwhile, surgeons and a few politicians in Texas are hoping the tax gets dropped before passage of the healthcare reform bill. The Houston Chronicle spoke with these locals:
“Elective cosmetic surgery is perceived as a luxury good and is therefore an easy target for reformers looking for means of funding health reform,” said Devon Herrick, a health economist at the Dallas-based National Center for Policy Analysis.
“My hunch is the provision … will get stripped before passage, Texas Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston.”