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A tax on nips and tucks angers patients, surgeons

New York Times, November 30, 2009

In the healthcare bill being debated in the Senate, a tax—which would be paid by the customer but collected by doctors—would be levied on any cosmetic surgery that is not necessary to address deformities arising from congenital abnormalities, personal injuries resulting from an accident or trauma, or disfiguring diseases. The proposal has outraged plastic surgeons, who say they are being singled out because of an outdated perception that people who have cosmetic procedures are well-to-do.