Tanning salon owners say they are getting burned by ‘Obamacare’ tax.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The tanning salon industry is feeling burned by “Obamacare.”
Business owners around the country say the little-noticed 10 percent tax on tanning in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul has crippled the industry, forcing the closing of nearly 10,000 of the more than 18,000 tanning salons in the U.S.
Experts say the industry is overstating the effects of the “tan tax” and that it has been hurt by other factors, too, including public health warnings about the dangers of tanning and the passage of laws in dozens of states restricting the use of tanning salons by minors.
Nevertheless, some salon owners say the health care overhaul will be on their minds on Election Day. Republicans have vowed to repeal “Obamacare” if they win the presidency and retain control of Congress.