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View Poll Results: Do you support a tax on cosmetic procedures to fund health care reform?
Yes 9 39.13%
No 13 56.52%
Not sure 1 4.35%
Voters: 23. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-20-2009, 06:34 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
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Unlike some republicans, I really am in favor of everyone having health care and I know it has to be paid for one way or the other, but...that said, something about this just strikes me as fundamentally wrong. I can't put my finger on what bothers me exactly, but I don't like it. It doesn't seem right to me to penalize people by a tax just because they want to have some type of elective surgery. Maybe I'm more of a republican economically than I've realized in the past. I dunno.

And no, I have not personally had cosmetic surgery and I doubt I ever will (don't do pain well)...though I wouldn't absolutely rule it out.

What do you think?

elective surgery is just that.. and that IS a luxury type item..unlike other medical care. Luxury items are taxed and so too should surgeries that are elective or Luxuries.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Arizona High Desert
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Do they tax your casket, too ?
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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"Tampons are medical devices" and you might be taxed on them as well.

(in the Senate version) ... $40 billion fee that Mr. Baucus wants to impose on medical devices. Device manufacturers would pay $4 billion a year in excise taxes

The Innovation Tax - WSJ.com
At my age, that's one tax I will escape.

But I still have my own teeth and I DO brush them.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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elective surgery is just that.. and that IS a luxury type item..unlike other medical care. Luxury items are taxed and so too should surgeries that are elective or Luxuries.
Why now ? For all these years they were not covered under insurance.
No one complained..if they wanted them they paid out of their pocket.

Leave them alone..why go after them now when you've ignored them for years.

The smell of $$$$ I guess.
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Old 11-20-2009, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Sorry, didn't see this posted. I voted in your poll, by the way since you pointed it out.

Yeah, it's a luxury, in a sense, but if someone is coughing up the money to pay for it themselves, that seems like enough to me. It's just seems fundamentally wrong to me. Again, I'm surprising myself by like I said in the OP, finding a bit more "republican sentiment" in myself than I thought I had.

I just think it's wrong to single people out that way if they want to have a cosmetic medical procedure that badly enough to pay for it out of their own pockets.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Unlike some republicans, I really am in favor of everyone having health care and I know it has to be paid for one way or the other, but...that said, something about this just strikes me as fundamentally wrong. I can't put my finger on what bothers me exactly, but I don't like it. It doesn't seem right to me to penalize people by a tax just because they want to have some type of elective surgery. Maybe I'm more of a republican economically than I've realized in the past. I dunno.

And no, I have not personally had cosmetic surgery and I doubt I ever will (don't do pain well)...though I wouldn't absolutely rule it out.

What do you think?
As far as I am concerned having a baby is highly elective. I am all for slapping a nice fat (no pun intended) tax on that type of procedure.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:20 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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Hmmmmm.......this health care funding plan reminds me of a very, very old funny that I've seen several times over the years. It was all about taxation and how the government has taxed everything except a man's.......ummm.....member. It then went on to outline the government's tax plan depending on the.....uh......length.

If you Google it with a few key words you might even find it posted somewhere.
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: NE Ohio
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Unlike some republicans, I really am in favor of everyone having health care and I know it has to be paid for one way or the other, but...that said, something about this just strikes me as fundamentally wrong. I can't put my finger on what bothers me exactly, but I don't like it. It doesn't seem right to me to penalize people by a tax just because they want to have some type of elective surgery. Maybe I'm more of a republican economically than I've realized in the past. I dunno.

And no, I have not personally had cosmetic surgery and I doubt I ever will (don't do pain well)...though I wouldn't absolutely rule it out.

What do you think?
Welcome to Obamacare. They are going to tax anything and everything. This is why you are going to wind up paying far more under this "plan" (scam).
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Old 11-20-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Palm Springs, CA
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Again, I'm surprising myself by like I said in the OP, finding a bit more "republican sentiment" in myself than I thought I had.
I don't think it's necessarily "Republican sentiment". I think it just makes sense to not tax something simply because it's an easy target. Like I said in the other thread, it's similar to having a special tax on expensive food in order to fund government food stamps.

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Old 11-20-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I don't think it's necessarily "Republican sentiment". I think it just makes sense to not tax something just because it's an easy target. Like I said in the other thread, it's similar to having a special tax on expensive food in order to fund government food stamps.
Yeah, I dunno. Even though, as I said, it's unlikely to ever affect me personally, it just bothers me.
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