by Javier ManjarresTo almost all but its few remaining cheerleaders, ‘Obamacare’ is a job-killing juggernaut that will be a permanent bane on our health care system as its implementation continues over the next future years. Obamacare takes aim at both the health insurance and healthcare systems, but little has been said about how this law could effect elective surgical procedures that include corrective surgeries and cosmetic surgeries that are not presently regulated by the federal government.
While cosmetic surgery is one of the few fields within medicine that is not regulated, but there has been talk of the feds levying a ‘Botox tax’ as well as other taxes on cosmetic surgeries. I interviewed Dr. Russel Palmer to gain some perspective on how Obamacare will not only affect his practice, but our entire health care system. According to Dr. Palmer, cosmetic medical services have never been taxed, and if they were to be taxed, it would drive up the costs of cosmetic surgery and eliminate one of the last vestiges of the free market within the health care system.
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Russel Seth Palmer, M.D., P.A.
Plastic Surgery-American Society of Plastic Surgery
2699 Stirling Rd. #B101 Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33312