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Obamacare Fallout: Nevada Tanning Tax Starts Today

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Starting today, the 81,000 Nevadans who visit tanning salons will be getting an unwelcome lesson in Obamacare as a new 10 percent federal excise tax on indoor tanning takes effect.

Sen. Harry Reid voted for Obamacare, which contains 21 tax hikes, several of which violate President Barack Obama's "firm pledge" not to raise "any form of taxes" on families making less than $250,000.  

Small business owners across the country have already been feeling the financial and paperwork burdens caused by the tax, with some shutting their doors and others laying off employees. Industry estimates from the Indoor Tanning Association show that well over half of tanning salon owners are women.  The 130 tanning facilities in Nevada are estimated to employ 473 people.

Reid might try to pretend that he didn't want to support specific taxes in Obamacare, but his argument holds no water: When given an explicit opportunity to strip all tax hikes from the bill that would hit Americans making less than $250,000, he refused. This vote occurred on March 24.

"Senator Reid has some explaining to do," said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Taxpayer advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform has issued an "Obama Tax Hike Exemption Card," a wallet-sized parody card which "exempts" those making less than $250,000 from paying any form of tax increase signed into law by President Obama.  If challenged upon presentation of the card, the cardholder may politely ask: "Excuse me, but are you calling President Obama a liar?"

Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases.  For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at (202) 785-0266 or by email at


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