Saturday OPEN THREAD!! Forget Bloomberg’s Soda Ban. Who’s Up For a Fat Tax With Subsidies for Healthy Foods?
I’m expecting that Michelle Obama will weigh in on this soon! After all, if Denmark, France and Hungary all agree…
From the Daily Beast:
Americans are fatter than ever—more than a third of adults are now clinically obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s not just a health crisis; it’s an economic one, costing taxpayers almost $150 billion in 2008, according to the CDC. Third-party medical costs for obese people are $1,429 higher than for average-weight individuals, because obese people tend to have more health problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
So what’s the best way to tackle our ever-expanding national waistline? Probably not by banning the sale of soda bottles larger than 16 ounces, as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg discovered last week. Within days of Bloomberg’s proposal, critics were calling this the worst of the nanny state.
But a study published in the British Medical Journal last month found that the key to reducing obesity may lie in a long-debated approach that has never fully taken hold in this country—the fat tax. The study, which considered the results of research from around the world, found that, to be effective, a fat tax should meet three requirements: It should be at least 20 percent, it must apply to a wide range of unhealthy foods (not just sugared soda, for example), and the government must simultaneously offer subsidies for vegetables and other healthy foods—literally giving us the carrot with the stick.
If you get a chance, read the entire article. It provides a pretty good idea of what the left has in mind.
Nanny-statism at it’s finest, isn’t it?
I couldn’t find an open thread for today, so I’m posting one.