Thursday, November 19, 2009

Cosmetic Surgeons Complain About 5% Botax in Healthcare Bill

Note how Dr. Haeck says "wealthy, suburban Republican women," as if democrats are targeting republicans. Frankly, I think plastic surgery and Botox is frivolous and I have no idea why women want to look unnatural. It's like an aging sickness.
Don't the Housewives realize how phony they look? Their faces aren't the least bit attractive. Everyone knows who's been under the knife because they usually look odd.
At issue is a proposal in the 10-year, nearly $1 trillion health care draft unveiled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., that would slap a 5 percent excise tax on elective cosmetic surgeries and procedures. The plan, projected to raise $6 billion, wouldn't apply to surgery to fix a deformity or injury, but would include procedures such as face lifts, liposuction, cosmetic implants or teeth-whitening.

The plastic surgeons may have seemed like an appealing bunch to pick on given that they had already been skeptical of the Democrats' overhaul proposal. But they say it will be a blow to countless American women — of every income level.

"The common misconception is that this is going to tax wealthy, suburban Republican women," said Dr. Phil Haeck of Seattle, Wash., the president-elect of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In fact, he said, of the 86 percent of cosmetic surgery patients who are female, 60 percent of them have incomes between $30,000 and $90,000. NPR