CDC Chief: Soda Tax Could Combat Obesity - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
To paraphrase Betti Davis In All About Eve a (1950) movie. "Fasten your seatbelts it's going to be a bumpy ride."While Democrats await the results of bipartisan negotiations over health care reform in the Senate Finance Committee, one of the proposals put before the committee received a nod of approval from health officials today: taxing soda.
The committee -- the last congressional panel expected to produce its own recommendations for health care reform -- listened to arguments earlier this year both for and against imposing a three-cent tax on sodas as well as other sugary drinks, including energy and sports drinks like Gatorade.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a three-cent tax would generate $24 billion over the next four years, and proponents of the tax argued before the committee that it would lower consumption of sugary drinks and improve Americans' overall health.
At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Weight of the Nation" conference today, CDC chief Dr. Thomas Freiden said increasing the price of unhealthy foods "would be effective" at combating the nation's obesity problem, reports CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder.
First we heard about the talk of taxes on elective plastic surgery and Botox and now something I predicted many years ago it coming to light. Taxing soda to ostensibly combat obesity. I don't believe it for one minute. I believe there is an all out push to gain more, and more control over the daily lives of
Americans and use any means available to achieve that end.
This will continue and reach into the grocery store and attempt to control through taxes at first your purchases of any item determined by the NANNY state mentality to be detrimental to your health. Fatty foods, those that contain nitrates such as Bacon & Wieners which re under attack already are going to serve as the tip of the iceberg.
I can't tell you everything I believe or I run the risk of having this topic hidden as a conspiracy theory. All I am doing is reporting to the readers herein that taxes being used for more than just raising funds is a reality and is expanding for your own good because you cannot make intelligent decisions on your own.
By paying attention to this expansion we only remain vigilante as we were told we must. As Sgt. Friday would say: Just the facts Ma'am.