RUSH: The Democrats have come up with a way here that we might seriously make a dent in the annual budget deficit. ‘The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes.’ We could lop off who knows how much money just off Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi alone. And John Kerry, The Lurch, good grief. Now, it’s a 10% excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes. Well, now, wait a minute, unnecessary to whom? I’m sure Nancy Pelosi thinks it’s all been necessary, and I’m sure Plugs Biden thinks it’s all been necessary. ‘The idea was broached in a meeting with OMB Director Orszag in mid-July, after which Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus told reporters he had heard some ‘interesting,’ ‘creative,’ and ‘kind of fun’ ideas.’
So the 10% excise tax on face-lifts, tummy tucks, hair transplants, and of course the resulting surgery you need later in life to make sure you can close your eyes when you sleep, 10% tax. Now, only a Democrat would term any taxes being added or raised as fun. Now, there’s a plastic surgeon in this story, a guy named Roth. ‘Malcolm Roth, vice president for health policy and advocacy at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said the New Jersey tax has only brought in about 25 percent of anticipated revenue since it was enacted in 2004 and imposes ‘another bureaucratic layer.” Now, this Roth guy is a plastic surgeon at a medical center in Brooklyn, and he said it ”would be a discriminatory tax against women,’ noting that 86 percent of patients are female and 91 percent are of working age between 19 and 64. He also disputed the notion it would be a ‘tax on the wealthy,’ noting most patients earn less than $100,000 a year. ‘People put money aside for years, sometimes weekly under-the-mattress deductions’ to get the surgery they want, he said.’ Ten percent excise tax, cosmetic and Botox. Think of the money we could have made just in the 2004 campaign off of Kerry.