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Republican Health Bill Would Make It Easier to Sport That Potentially Precancerous Glow

  • American Suntanning Association spent years seeking repeal
  • Dermatologists praised 10% tax when passed, citing cancer risk
A tanning bed at L.A. Tanning in Los Angeles on March 26, 2010.

A tanning bed at L.A. Tanning in Los Angeles on March 26, 2010.

Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

Republicans’ Obamacare replacement will make it easier to sport that beachy, potentially precancerous glow: Their American Health Care Act would do away with a 10 percent excise tax on tanning services.

“That’ll be fantastic. I mean, we’re really hurting,” said Gerald Siano, owner of Bodies in Heat Salon in Bloomfield, New Jersey. “I don’t care what business you’re in, you can’t just give away 10 percent of your profits for nothing.”