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  • Obamacare Hits Small Businesses Tomorrow With Arrival of Tanning Tax

    Thanks to a new tax that takes effect tomorrow, some small-business owners will get a first-hand look at Obamacare’s impact.

    “The first present we get under this new health care law takes effect this week — and that is the tanning tax,” lawyer and small-business advocate Karen Harned said yesterday at The Bloggers Briefing, hosted by The Heritage Foundation.

    The tax will hit small-business owners particularly hard, said Harned, who directs the Small Business Legal Center of the National Federation of Independent Business.

    Approximately 19,000 “mom and pop” small businesses might be affected by the new tax — and those businesses will likely spend an average of more than $74 an hour to comply with federal tax paperwork burdens, according to a factsheet distributed by the NFIB.

    “It’s really not about the big guys,” Harned said. “It’s about the little guys, and we really do think small-business owners got the short end of the stick by far with this law.”

    The tanning tax is only a tiny part of the health care bill — a mere 26 lines in the 906-page law. Of far more concern is the individual mandate to buy health insurance.

    “We believe the individual mandate, in particular, is unconstitutional,” Harned said. “Quite frankly, we view this as not just a health care issue anymore. I do not think it’s a stretch to say, if the government can require you to buy insurance simply because you’re alive, then, if they want a healthier society, they could require you to buy a gym membership. If they want a cleaner society, they could require you to buy a car every five years.”

    That’s why, Harned said, the NFIB on May 14 joined 20 states in their lawsuit against the federal government challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare. She has high expectations for the case.

    “We are hopeful this is a case the Supreme Court will take on to address the fundamental issue of what is the scope of Congress’ power to regulate all of us,” she said.

    Cross-posted on the Washington Examiner’s Opinion Zone.

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    12 Responses to Obamacare Hits Small Businesses Tomorrow With Arrival of Tanning Tax

    1. Mike Brownfield Mike Brownfield says:

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    2. fred martin says:

      why hasn't anyone mentioned the tax on tanning salons as being discrimanation against whites.

    3. Billie says:

      More discriminating mandates of obamacare. Intimidated by white women who'd rather have a glow to their complexion.

      What's wrong, Mr. President? Why is it so hard for you to grasp fairness?

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    10. BSUTOWSKI, CLEVELAND says:

      DISCRIMINATION! THIS TAX IS VERY DISCRIMINATORY, AGAINST WHITE PEOPLE. BLACK PEOPLE DO NOT USE TANNING BEDS,

      DUH DUH!

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    12. MikeR says:

      As a local tanning salon owner http://www.thecaribbeansun.com it has impacted our business in a huge way. Obama care is the most unfair tax out there that is putting the cost on White women and most of the women salon owners. The industry is always getting bad publicity and now Obama Care.

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