Bo-Tax passes; Bo-Po Campaign stiffens

Posted on December 10th, 2009 by Gina


Oh, I love a little controversy!  The Bo-Tax, which passed and is now included in the Senate health care bill, has more panties in a bunch than Tiger Woods.  The 5% tax on cosmetic procedures has brought together very unlikely political bedfellows – “L Word” fans who have never worn lip gloss are teaming up with Hollywood plastic surgeons to decry the tax as unfair to women.

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Feminists and movie industry femme fatales are joining arms, (along with their doctors; some for bunions, some for boobs) in the battle against Congress.  The Huffington Post as well as The American Spectator have editorialized against it. Gloria Steinem has spoken out and so has Dolly Parton’s cosmetic surgeon.  It’s impressive fun.

I believe we should just be done with this, for heaven’s sake, and just call it even! Look, we all know that health care reform is coming and that there will be a cost.  This is just a matter of equal burden between the sexes.  Women get 86% of the cosmetic procedures in this country, which amounts to about $12 billion.  It just so happens that current legal pornography, which is consumed by more than 86% of men in this country – is also worth about $12 billion.   So we each pay our fair share.  Women pay to look good, men pay to look AT the goods.

I think calling the new proposal the Bo-Po Tax was a mistake, though.  Maybe we should call it “The Lift Tax,” because whether it’s surgery or pornography, somebody’s getting a rise out of it.

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One Comment on “Bo-Tax passes; Bo-Po Campaign stiffens”

  1. Shava Nerad

    I hope this is all in good fun — but I hope you’ll consider that non-reconstructive cosmetic surgery is a luxury, and we tend to tax luxuries. What you are doing here is just confusing the issues badly.

    This kind of thing muddies the waters and threatens to confuse serious political debate in a way that can deprive people in need of necessary health procedures. It’s not just vanity, it’s a classic “let them eat cake” moment; rich women thumbing their rhinoplasted noses at the uninsured who die young from lack of preventative care before they get a chance to get wrinkles.

    Just because only 14% of the cosmetic procedures go to men is not a reason to punish men. It may be a reason to re-examine the culture that puts women under the knife so much more often, though.

    If your esteem is so low you need a facelift to leave the house, perhaps you should consider counseling instead — I suspect that’s better covered under what I hope will be a comprehensive new health care system.


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