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Obamacare repeal could spur tanning salon resurgence


Landlords might see a resurgence in the number of tanning salon tenants interested in taking space.


Salon operators are hopeful that the undoing of Obamacare will include the undoing of some onerous regulations that have burned their businesses in recent years.


The number of tanning salons across the U.S. has halved since 2010, to about 9,500 locations, according to The American Suntanning Association. The Association blames the closings on the "tan tax" included in Obamacare, plus other state and federal efforts to regulate indoor tanning.


The bill Republicans proposed this week to repeal Obamacare would abolish the tanning tax. Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee were firmly opposed to the tan tax in a hearing on the bill this week. Rep. Jason Smith (R) of Missouri asking why Democrats had not proposed a tax on ice cream or, the sun, if they felt taxing tanning bed use was appropriate.



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