I agree with the premise of most, that the government is not actually interested in getting people to lose weight, rather they are wanting to cash in on what fat people are going to drink anyway.
How is that helping Obesity? Answer: It isn't.
Diet sodas are usually lodaded with aspartame which has not been tested for longterm effects on the body, though many advise against ingesting it. Your body stores it for years. Sugar is bad but I don't drink diet-anything.
How hard is it to buy a juicer and make your own drinks. Fruit has sugar but they are natural, simply sugars which your body, in nature, is designed to breakdown. It's cheaper to make your own drinks too.
Oh right... people are lazy.
For once I'll have to agree with SouthernDemocrat. His point mirrors one Celtic Lord has made, regarding the pricing of health insurance as it applies to employer "group" health benefits. People would likely excercise more personal responsibility if they saw their rates go up with their body fat%, because they would be judged on their individual health. This argument applies equally, if not better, against UHC.
"Loyalty only matters when there's a hundred reasons not to be-" Gen. Mattis
And employers are not now nor have they ever been charged more for heavy employees than those who are too skinny. many however these days do ask if you smoke. But just about never how much do you weigh. A;so remember that being obese allows you to be covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Poverty also contributes to being over weight because contrary to the lies many love to promote it does cost more to eat "right" than it does to to put affordable food on the table.
Once again many are allowing themselves to be drawn away from the central issue which is to me using taxation as a weapon to attack freedom and cement more control by the NANNY state and would be Socialist government. There are sensible answers to all of the problems that we as a society and letting the government dictate your daily choices for you is not among them.
"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murder is less to fear"
Cicero Marcus Tullius
My country is going down the ****ter.
Wow, you know, pretty much everything would have to be included in this ****ed up sin tax bull****. Which is, I'm sure, what they're vying for anyway. More taxes, more taxes, more taxes. Gotta love those ****ers!
If we wanted a completely free market, then taxes to influence people's lives would make less sense, and you would be right.
But you are not bring up how cigarettes need extra taxes in all situations because second hand smoke harms people who do not buy the product.
There should only not be extra taxes on cigarettes if they couldn't harm others, but thats only if smoking was only legal inside of someone's own house away from others.
Will sugar free soda be taxed as well?
It seems rather contradictory to tax a product with zero calories in order to "combat obesity".
Hey, maybe diet soda will get cheaper, while the cost of regular soda goes up!
If it's really about "combating obesity", that would be a great incentive program.
Save me some money at the grocery store, too.