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Ex-tanning salon owner blames Obamacare for demise of business

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OCONOMOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A former tanning salon owner blames the Obama health care reform law for the demise of her business.

Mari Jo Rislov said she decided to close Rio Tan in the town of Oconomowoc soon after Obama was re-elected last November.

Rislov said she took issue with a 10 percent tax on tanning services in the health law – and after Mitt Romney lost, she knew there was no chance the law would be repealed.

Rislov told the Lake Country Reporter that her profit margin was 10 percent so, “Obama was getting 100 percent of my proceeds.” She did not want to pass the tax onto her customers, but some tanning shop owners have no problem doing that.

Mary Beth Feider said she took ownership of her business just as the tanning tax was being implemented, and she said people don’t mind paying it. Feider said it’s just like a tax on cigarettes or alcohol – and she gives customers lots of specials which help them offset the tax. 

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