Bloomberg, what a jack ass. He should pay more attention to running the city rather than trying to tell other people how to live...But like most statists, he just can't help himself....No wonder people are fleeing the NE.NY judge halts Bloomberg ban on large sugary drinks
Americans are so enamored of equality that they would rather be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.
Alexis de Tocqueville
There are very few people alive who won't avoid the purchase of healthcare services as much as they possibly can. People don't consume certain foods/beverages because they want to screw the healthcare system. Mostly, they consume them because they taste good and they cost less than many healthy choices.
This bylaw was struck down for the simple reason that it treated the same product differently in two different settings. You could buy a bottled beverage in the local grocery store but you couldn't buy the same product, the same size, next door at the McDonalds. It was also struck down because it was created by an unelected body that was not accountable to the public - the Bloomberg appointed health board.
I find it remarkable that some people in a free society think it's okay to have a single person or a small group of people dictate to over 8 million people in metropolitan New York what size softdrink they can purchase.
Any free society must have rule of law. A lot of my political philosophy derives from understanding existence requires opposing forces in all things and laws that organize creations. In a broud spiritual/physical sense that means if there is light there must be darkness and laws organize each. Obedience to laws that organize light bring blessings and freedom, obedience to laws that organize darkness brings misery and slavery. So if there is good health of the body then there is bad health, laws pertaining to each, freedom is obedience to healthy nutritional laws, you avoid disease, have ability to live live like you want and not be enslaved by sickness and disease. The purpose of government is to protect freedom. Laws should mirror the laws found in nature of, speaking broadly, that of light, anything good. Shuld companies be able to have the "freedom" of massively polluting the environment or should laws be against it to protect the real freedom of everyone having clean air to breathe and pure water to drink. Obviously a no brainer real freedom here requires laws that restrict the negative actions of the polluting companies. The food and beverage industry knowingly designs foods that takes out key nutrients in order to keep the feeling full mechanism of the body out of the way and loads it with corn syrup and sugar so kids and everyone else get addicted to the sugar highs. This drastically increases demand and profits. We know these processed foods cause high rates of all kinds of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. Weakens the people of the nation. For example cancer, I have read where some doctors think pretty much most healthy people produce cancer cells but that the immune system in a healthy person destroys them before they spread. But sugar causes the immune system to sleep for up to 8 hours. So a diet high in sugar causes a weaker immune system. So we let these companies get pretty much all of our kids addicted for life to these products and lessen their freedom throughout life with weaker bodies and millions of people suffer horrible painful deaths from all the diseases from the diet. So yes, I would like to have government pass laws that turn the entire food and beverage industry to whole foods and water/natural juices. People will have the freedom of course to buy whatever whole foods they want, and they can create anything unhealthy they want in their own kitchens. load up on the lard, grease, whatever. But businesses should not be able to sell these things.
If you are against regulation of the food and beverage industries do you think they should be allowed to put anything in the food, cocaine, rat poison, etc? Are you against rules of behavior at your job, I mean that is restricting your "freedom". Do you have a problem with laws of gravity" It restricts your freedom from jumping off a cliff.
I actually think life is a gift. We didn't create it so suicide is wrong. and should be illegal also. I'd be a big hit at Libertarian rallies. Freedom to do anything and everything we want YEAH!!! Too bad there must be cause and effect. Boo!
It would be an entirely different discussion if, like with smoking, it was determined that the product itself is inherently unhealthy and its sale should be regulated in all locations equally. With smoking, as an example, you can't freely buy 20 cigarettes individually yet not purchase a package of 20 cigarettes because if you smoke all 20 you do more harm to yourself than if you smoke just one.
I may be far more in line with your position if you were to be in favor of banning certain levels of sugar from all products - but then you'd have the good folks in Louisiana after you - I'm strongly opposed to any attempt to limit consumption of a legal product.