Why taxing cosmetic surgery is a bad idea.
If Congress really wants to learn about the economics of cosmetic surgery, they should commission a study. If it turns out there's no connection between surgery and increased productivity, the case for a tax might be slightly stronger. But if there is a connection, then taxing cosmetic surgery could turn out to be like the surgery itself: a superficial fix for a deeper problem.
Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.
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