Soda Tax Weighed as Way to Finance Health Care Commercial
This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held the first ever conference on obesity titled “The Weight Of The Nation.” Obesity is a serious public health crisis, and according to new numbers released by the Journal of Health Affairs, spending on obesity-related health costs has doubled over the last decade, reaching a staggering $147 billion a year.
The beverage-tax proposal in addition to soda would apply to drinks that many Americans don’t consider unhealthy — such as PepsiCo’s Gatorade and Kraft’s Capri Sun — based on their calorie content.
Health advocates are floating other so-called sin tax proposals and food regulations as part of the government’s health-care overhaul. Mr. Jacobson also plans to propose Tuesday that the government sharply raise taxes on alcohol, move to largely eliminate artificial trans fat from food and move to reduce the sodium content in packaged and restaurant food.
The beverage tax is just one of hundreds of ideas that lawmakers are weighing to finance the health-care plans. They’re expected to narrow the list in coming weeks.
“When it comes to health-care spending, we are on an unsustainable course that threatens the financial stability of families, businesses and government itself,” Mr. Obama told reporters.
This short commercial is from Americans Against Food Taxes. However, the coalition list reveals an impressive group of corporations who are backing the initiative, including 7-11, American Beverage Association, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, and Yum! Brands. Keane admits that most involved in the group have business interests they anticipate to be affected by a soda tax.
In this TV ad, Americans Against Food Taxes portray drinking soda as a healthy, natural, fun and family oriented activity, and a soda tax as an affront to both families watching their budgets and “the simple pleasures we all enjoy.”
I want to hear your comments on a soda tax; and what you think about drinking soda.