ObamaCare includes a ten percent tax on tanning bed usage, designed to combat the costly skin cancer hazards believed to be associated with tanning. But a Florida Republican U.S. Congressman (and veterinarian), Ted Yoho, says it’s racist against white people.
“I had an Indian doctor in our office the other day,” Yoho said at a recent town hall meeting, “very dark skin, with two non-dark skin people, and I asked this to him, I said, ‘Have you ever been to a tanning booth?’ and he goes, ‘No, no need.’ So therefore it’s a racist tax and I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.”
Congressman Yoho should also be careful, coming from the state of Florida, with using the word “disenfranchised.”
But the idea that it’s a racist tax is no more believable than a tax on cigarettes marginalizes smokers or a tax on alcohol marginalizes people who drink. So-called “sin taxes” have been around for decades.
Audio and transcript via Right Wing Watch
Image via Ted Yoho campaign site
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