After we reported that the bo-tax - a 5% tax on all services considered cosmetic surgery - was added to the current health reform bill to help fund it, an aggressive push from surgeons and lobbyists like Botox maker Allergen lit up cross country.
The main issue at hand? Working class women would be disproportionately affected by the 5% cosmetic tax, and some doctors even told us they thought the provision was sexist.
But good news for Botox addicts - you can relax (if your muscles still move that is) - Congress has chucked aside the 5% cosmetic tax and at the last minute replaced it with a 10% tax on tanning bed sessions to help fund the healthcare bill, citing concerns that tanning booths increase rates of skin cancer.
The tanning tax would raise an estimated $2.7 billion over ten years, according to The LA Times; half of what experts predicted the bo-tax would bring in.
Not a shocker: the tanning industry isn't taking this lying down.
"It's not surprising that one primarily cosmetic business is trying to throw another under the bus by transferring a tax from rich doctors and their wealthy customers to struggling small businesses," said John Overstreet, executive director of the Indoor Tanning Association, in a released statement.
There's one area of wiggle room in the bill: phototherapy performed by a "medical professional" is exempt from the tax. Phototherapy utilizes the "blue light" wave to treat medical conditions ranging from psoriasis to newborn jaundice and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
But before the tanners out there develop instantaneous SAD, remember this: Tanning beds and phototherapy aren't the same thing. While light therapy machines use anti-bacterial blue light, tanning beds use strong UVA and UVB rays that penetrate far deeper into the skin - resulting in that golden bronze color change.