Small Business Owners Furious as 'Tan Tax' Begins

The thirty million Americans who visit indoor tanning facilities each year are about to get an unwelcome lesson in ObamaCare every time they walk through the front door of the tanning salon. That lesson comes in the form of a president and a Congress with a target on the tanners’ wallets: starting today -- July 1 -- the ObamaCare tax on “indoor tanning services” takes effect -- a 10 percent federal excise tax on the retail price of a tan.

The tax is just one of 21 tax hikes in ObamaCare, and the first of ObamaCare’s many pledge-breaking tax hikes to go into effect.

President Barack Obama’s central campaign promise was a “firm pledge” not to raise “any form of taxes” on any family making less than $250,000 per year. But sixteen days into his presidency, he broke that pledge by signing into law a 156 percent increase in the federal excise tax on cigarettes (Perhaps the only American who makes more than $250,000 per year and smokes cigarettes is named Barack Obama). At that time, Calvin Woodward of the Associated Press rightly called out Obama for breaking his pledge.

But Obama and the nanny-staters were just getting warmed up.

When ObamaCare was making its way through the House, it included the much-ridiculed “BoTax” -- a five percent tax on cosmetic surgery. But when the Senate Managers Amendment was released on December 19, suddenly the BoTax was nowhere to be found. In its place was the tanning tax -- slipped into the bill behind closed doors late at night, with no discussion or input from those affected.

Indeed, the tanning tax is a metaphor for ObamaCare in general -- burdensome, expensive, petty, thrown together behind closed doors, and blind to the actual impact the legislation would have on people.