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Latest Health Care Reform Bill Includes Different Beauty Industry Focus

Posted: December 21, 2009

The newly revised bill now includes updates on a cosmetic surgery tax, as well as proposed tax on tanning salons.

The little town of Libby, Montana, isn't mentioned by name in the U.S. Senate's mammoth health care bill, but it's one of the big winners in the legislation, thanks to the influence of finance committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. After pushing for years for help for residents of the area, thousands of whom suffer from asbestos-related illnesses from a now-closed mineral mining operation, Baucus inserted language in a package of last-minute amendments that grants them access to Medicare benefits.

He didn't advertise the change, and it takes a close read of the bill to find it. It's just one example of how the sweeping legislation designed to remake the U.S. health care system and extend coverage to 30 million uninsured Americans also helps and hurts more narrow interests, often thanks to one lawmaker with influence or bargaining power.

Here's a look at some other winners and losers in the latest version of the legislation, which was expected to survive an initial test vote in the Senate before the end of 2009.