A new “tan tax” is causing a much-heated debate on whether taxing tanning salon patrons is considered reverse racism or a justifiable means to discourage citizens from developing skin cancer caused by ultraviolet rays.

This new tax, which is part of the new health care overhaul bill would charge tanning salon patrons an additional 10 percent.

Several critics of the bill contest that such a tax violates individuals’ constitutional right to equal protection under the law, as most tanning salon patrons are white, whereas others believe the tax is necessary to reduce health care costs.

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