March 24, 2010

Did you know health care reform affects your burgers and tans??

Posted: 08:13 AM ET

The health care bill signed into law Tuesday by President Obama is the nation's most sweeping social legislation in four decades. But it also includes some smaller changes that will directly affect consumers.

These include taxes on indoor tanning services, requirements for restaurants to post calorie information and changes to flexible spending accounts.


There are 540 calories in a Big Mac and 670 calories in a Whopper. Nutritional information will be unavoidable when customers step up to the counter to order.

The health care law requires chain restaurants that have more than 20 locations to display calorie information next to the food item on the standard menu.

The Food and Drug Administration has the task of establishing more specific regulations and determining when these changes go into effect.


Tanning tax

Tanning enthusiasts will have to shell out more to achieve the golden shade. The health care law imposes a 10 percent tax on the service.

John Overstreet, the executive director of The Indoor Tanning Association, decried the new tax calling it, "a crummy, crummy way to make tax policy."

Lawmakers had considered taxing elective cosmetic procedures, but changed the language to tax indoor tanning services instead.

"We've been hit by the recession already," Overstreet said. "A 10 percent tax will be a body blow to the industry."

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mary u from ohio   March 24th, 2010 8:22 am ET

Tanning booths & other luxury are not necessary...
Our Nation has gotten spoiled...
Our nation could of saved alot but letting Gods Sun Tan us.... & by artificial lights....
The reason people are fat cause of laziness... Look back in the day went people were doing yard work & family thing people were healthy..
Hearing bad news all the time puts strain on us... if we heard good news for a change that bring love & hope to people we would have healthy people..

Eddie   March 24th, 2010 9:39 am ET

Good news!! Now some of these people can take care of what they put in their bodies! It will cut back on the obesity in America!! I think the problem people have is their "tans" are gonna cost more money! LOL! Thats a joke......Lay in the sun!! ha! ha!

Ted   March 24th, 2010 11:10 am ET

It is about time fellow americans learn what they stuff into their mouth at McDonald or Burgerking and just may think twice before they put a lot of mayonaise on that already fat burger.
Too bad this law applies only to chains with at least 20 outlets, it should apply to ALL eateries!

As far as tanning goes, you do the same to your skin what you do to your burger, you burn it!
At age 40 your skin looks like you were 60, at 60 you look like you just came out the pyramids where you spent the last 3,000 years!

In Europe people pay around $7 for a gallon of gas. A dollar or two tax on gas would bring a lot of money into the treasury to help to pay the tremendous costs we face and it would still be much cheaper than in Europe. People would cut down on the senseless driving around in the evening and on the weekend, as we did a long time ago when the gas was 19-24 cents a gallon.
Those days are gone forever.

Robert E. Dyer Sr.   March 24th, 2010 11:17 am ET

Dear Mr. King,

I am a 73 year old retired educator who would like to share my elation over the passing of the health care bill.

My wife and I have a combined gross income of about $80,000 dollars per year, which is low compared to many, and I expect the health care bill might decrease our income in order to improve the quality of life for over 30 million people in our society. Although we would enjoy having more money, our philosophy in life allows us to celebrate the progression America has made toward providing the opportunity for ALL Americans to enjoy the opportunities we have.

My comment relates to having a philosophy of life. I DO NOT believe America’s success depends on having democratic, republican, independent or WIG leadership. I believe it depends on having leadership which has a philosophy which results in the improvement of the quality of life of ALL Americans.

I believe our society is divided into two segments – the rich and the poor, the have and the have-nots. Our pundits talk about the “middle class” (the category which I feel my family falls into), but actually, I would classify my family into the “have” category. We have a roof over our head, food to eat, cars to drive, a large television set, health insurance, and enough money to take a modest vacation every year. We are rich!!

With the passing of this health care bill, our income might decrease, but spiritually, we are now much richer!!

Thank you for taking the time to read my comments.


Robert (Bob) Dyer, Sr.

junew   March 24th, 2010 12:00 pm ET

Makes great sense to me to tax things that are bad for your health. The next step should be to reduce the tax on things that promote good health.
As an aside Larry, can you find out when Rush Limbaugh plans to leave the country as promised....or was that just more of the same rubbish he spouts?

Snow White   March 24th, 2010 12:27 pm ET

It's just a new tax grab placed on a smaller industry that can't tell the gov to go fcuk its self. The tax could have been 25% tax on all fast food, anything fried in fat and on soda and chips (big business would not stand for it), or better yet a tax on people that DON'T belong to a gym. The Gov is doing just what we all expect, protecting big business where their campaign contributions come from , and going after the small guy. Like its safer to tan out side in the sun then in a controlled tanning machine, what about all the years and years of studies about the benefit of sun exposure as a normal healthy ( vitamin D machine) a cancer preventative. Do some reading guys.......... This new gov still thinks we all are stupid or helpless.
How insulting!

Vasilisa C. Hamilton   March 24th, 2010 12:47 pm ET

Although he said he is undecided, I believe Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney has every intention of running for president in 2012. He began making his case for a run with the publication of his book.

I am appalled at the way he lied and exaggerated in his comments about health care reform. If he is opposed to big government, I suggest that he get out of it immediately, like Sara Palin did, at least for the time being.

I also enjoyed the panel discussion, and I echo Aisha Tyler's sentiment that Republicans "hate" children as an example of how the Republicans say anything to try to sway public opinion to their side.

If they have such a problem with this country and its government, why don't they just leave the USA? Rush Limbaugh has promised to move to Australia. I'd be willing to make a donation to help bring that about. I know dozens of other Americans who would be willing to do the same.

I think a lot of this is just plain old racism. They fight President Obama tooth and nail over everything. He has tried to work with them, and they won't even attempt to be fair and open-minded.

He conducts himself in a professional, classy, and dignified manner. They and their narrow-minded colleagues at Fox News could learn a lot from him.

Larry A. Staffen   March 24th, 2010 4:10 pm ET

Regarding Michael Moore's offer to President Obama, was he serious or was that all talk? We need someone like him to help out!

Larry A. Staffen

CHM   March 24th, 2010 4:43 pm ET

@Snow White, well said. Hit the small businesses that can't fight back.

@Vasilisa, actually many programs on Fox are less biased than this program.

Kathryn   March 24th, 2010 5:27 pm ET

The Republicans are the ones causing the DIVIDE in the country and if anything happens to the president I hope that they will be able to live with themselves.

This reminds us of when the bill to abort slavery was to be signed.

Kathryn   March 24th, 2010 5:34 pm ET

Good, black will stay black, brown stay brown and white stay white. We ought to love ourselves as we are! He should have added no more rats testicles in the lips and no added jiggles on the butt so flat butt stays flat and shapely butt stays that way too.....oh, don't forget the boobs! We need to remain the size that we are. Maintain some amount of individuality. Everybody starts to look like the next and they do not feel any better.

Kathryn   March 24th, 2010 5:38 pm ET

Republicans are the ones causing the DIVIDE in the country and if anything happens to the president I hope that they will be able to live with themselves quieten black people.

This reminds us of when the bill to abort slavery was to be signed.

Chere   March 24th, 2010 6:04 pm ET

Please take your racist comments elsewhere before you cause some nice white people not to vote for President Obama again. Get over your attitude, it is history. BTW, I am black.

robert (speedy) Gonzales   March 24th, 2010 10:20 pm ET

HATE right or left is the tool of Satan-believe or don't believe we do have eternity before us and it lasts quite a bit longer than the life on the little pill known as earth. Each and every soul on this earth will give account for his or her actions. I am ready are you. My road to eternity states that I am to treat my brother as I wish to be treated... To all-- Good luck with that ETERNITY thing.

A. Smith, Oregon   March 24th, 2010 10:28 pm ET

The Republican Senate Members blocked on ongoing Senate committees going over the already passed Congressional legislation bills.

Among those were Federal funding and assistance for Homeless Veterans.

Present in that committee hearing was Republican Senator John McCain.

AND YES HE and his Republican cronies present, BLOCKED the senate hearing from going forward, preventing HOMELESS VETERANS from receiving federal aid and assistance until Democratic Senators get this hearing back on track.

Among other Senate hearings, all of which were blocked and shut-down by the Senate Republican Party of NO

The sweeping Educational Overhaul of raising the number and amounts of Federal Pell Grants to College Students, and removing wall street banks from issuing Federal Education grants.

This sweeping America's Educational Overhaul saves College students 24,000 (TWENTY FOUR THOUSAND) dollars year over a 4 year period and saves taxpayers 10 Billion dollars which would be used to pay down the federal deficit.

The Republican lawmakers BLOCKED and obstructed that Senate Hearing and stabbed American Students in the BACK once again.

I certainly hope America's Veterans and America's Students remember this come the mid-term and November Election cycles.

Vote in more Democratic members into public service and to serve America as our Lawmakers for a brighter American future.

jack   March 24th, 2010 11:21 pm ET

I think they are both fine ideas. Tanning beds have been implicated in skin melanomas. And, why keep people in the dark about the enormous amounts of calories in commonly eaten fast foods? It may help educate people, and they have a right to know. I am getting tired of big corporations trying to hide things or put them in fine print.

Gerald Jolly   March 25th, 2010 10:23 am ET

When we look into the face of a Crohnic Acoholic JOHN BOEHNER in many ways, we must wonder, "IS THIS MAN FIT AND ABLE TO REPRESENT US"

A man that consumes as much as 40 ounces of Scotch or Burbon everyday, cannot possibly have his wits about him, when adjudicating a piece of legislation in a compatent way.

I believe that John Boehner should surender himself to an alcoholic detoxt center and seek help for his addiction to alcohol, before he is allowed to continue serving the people of the U.S.

Remember that a DRUNK is A DRUNK and will continue to be A DRUNK until he gets help to get over his addiction.

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