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Florida Congressman says tax on tanning beds is racist. Guess chocolate milk is too

August 6, 2013

SaintPetersblog reports that Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Gainesville) told constituents at a town hall event that a provision in Obamacare imposing a 10% tax on tanning bed use was a “racist tax” that discriminates “because of the color of my skin.”

“I had an Indian doctor in our office the other day, very dark skin, with two non-dark skin people, and I asked this to him … ‘Have you ever been to a tanning booth?’ and he goes, ‘No, no need.’ So therefore it’s a racist tax and I thought I might need to get to a sun tanning booth so I can come out and say ‘I’ve been disenfranchised because I got taxed because of the color of my skin.’ As crazy as that sounds, that’s what the left does right. By God, if it works for them, it’ll work for us …” – Congressman Ted Yoho

  • BIANCA MAARIE August 6, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    I am African American ..ie “Dark” and I hv used a tanning bed…racist people trying to divide the country even more…get a tan, pay the tax…get over it

  • Ames August 6, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Where did my comments go?

  • Ames August 6, 2013 at 11:01 am

    How the heck do folks like YooHoo get elected? Isn’t there a basic standard that elected officials have some level of understanding of why a tax, or law, or regulation exists before they make a public statement regarding the matter?
    This particular tax exists as a means for those who use this device to contribute to the considerable potential increase in medical expense from melanoma skin cancer that results from using tanning beds. If folks are willing to subject themselves to this increase in risk, paying an extra ten cents on the dollar of what they spend on tanning is actually a small contribution.
    http://www.skincancer.org/news/tanning/tanning-beds-who-issues-official-warning

  • Ames August 6, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Spelling error, Rick. It’s Rep. YooHoo.