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Protesting the Bo-Tax in Times Square



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    A handful of New Yorkers yesterday let their outrage be seen as they took to the streets to protest a D.C. proposal to tax boob jobs, Botox and various other forms of elective cosmetic surgery.

    "It's unfair," Sina Mostel, a banker from Forest Hills, told the Daily News. "A lot of people have to save up to get these procedures and to add  a tax is unbelievable."

    Sen. Harry Reid suggested the tax last month as a way to fund the health care bill.

    The "Botax," which could sew up $6 billion over 10 years, would be levied on "procedure that is directed at improving the patient's appearance and does not meaningfully promote the proper functioning of the body or prevent or treat illness or diseases."

    "The tax directly affects me," Irma Cadiz, a 33-year-old mother of two from the South Bronx who is saving up for a tummy tuck, told the paper.

    Among those protesting in Times Square was Park Ave. Plastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Greenberg, who held a sign saying: "Washington leave our boobs alone."

    Opponents of the bill have set up the websit to help people contact their local Senators or Representatives and give them a beautiful earful.