Clare Kim writes at MSNBC:
Freshman Congressman Ted Yoho believes the tanning tax in the Affordable Care Act is “racist,” according to comments at a town hall meeting Saturday in Gainesville, FL. The Republican congressman recounted a conversation he had with House Speaker John Boehner about how the 10% tax for tanning beds discriminates against people on the basis of “the color of [their] skin.”
“I had a little fun with Boehner and told him about the sun tanning tax,” he told his constituents. He goes, ‘I didn’t know it was in there,’ and I said, ‘Yes, it’s a ten percent tax.’ He goes, ‘Well, that’s not that big of a deal.’ I said, ‘It’s a racist tax.’ He goes, ‘You know what? It is.’”
Rep. Yoho explained the premise of the health care law’s “racist tax.”
“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, I said, ‘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.”
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