RedTracker| The Senate health care reform bill carries a provision called the Bo-Tax - so called because it would levy a 5 percent tax on cosmetic surgery procedures. The argument is that such procedures are medically unnecessary and should subsidize primary health care for people who need it.
NOW president Terry O’Neill came out against the provision, arguing that Washington is taxing middle-aged women in a society that devalues them for being middle-aged.
Judith Warner picks up the story, in an excellent Op-Ed piece for the NY Times: Bo-Tax Backlash. Warner’s arguments survey current feminism in America with words familliar to A of C readers. Warner give us a good read.