Politics

Rep. Allen West Says Tanning Salon Tax is "Racist"

| by Michael Allen

Speaking to a group of mostly Democratic seniors at the Century Village retirement home near West Palm Beach, Florida, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) voiced his opposition to a 10 percent tax on tanning salons that is in Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Rep. West said "You want to talk about something that's really racist? They have a tanning tax. I'm not tanning."

West also told seniors that Medicare and Social Security might end under President Obama: "I'm 51 years of age. If we don't do something, it won't be there for me. Even worse, it might not be there for some of the people that currently are enjoying Medicare and Social Security."