Friday, July 2, 2010

Rogers: tax worse than cancer and mustard gas

The Rogers Newsletter, AKA the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, carried a Mike Rogers press release today entitled “U.S. Rep. Rogers: Get your tan now” about the 10 percent tax on tanning beds that went into effect on July 1 as part of the historic health care insurance reform passed last March.

The Brighton Republican says “the 10 percent tax "kills jobs, hurts women (and) college students." Perhaps someone should tell Mr. Rogers about the harm caused by tanning beds to women and college students, as well as men and non-college students.

In fact, experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyon, the cancer arm of the World Health Organization, “moved tanning beds and other sources of ultraviolet radiation into the top cancer risk category, deeming them as deadly as arsenic and mustard gas."

The good news is they will now have health care to treat the cancer, and people can no longer be denied health care coverage because of the pre-existing condition of cancer.


Colton Andersson said...

how can anyone take this article seriously when you end it with "at least they'll have insurance to cover the cancer". The Cancer they got because they used the beds. honestly this article has no substance. Weak.

Communications guru said...

I agree; it is weak, so why did the P & A print that ridiculous press release? It will hurt woman and college students? give me a break.

Are you denying tanning beds causes cancer? You might want to tell that to a dermatologist or the WHO. That is correct; at least they'll have insurance to cover the cancer. Under health care insurance reform, college students can now be carried under their parent’s policy until age 26.