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(Sept. 9) -- As he fights a heated battle to get Congress to pass health care reform, President Barack Obama seems warm to another health-related idea: a so-called sin tax on soda and other sugary drinks.
In an interview with Men's Health magazine, Obama called a tax on soda "an idea that we should be exploring."
"There's no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda. And every study that's been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption
The Daily News pointed out that a similar proposal in New York went down in flames earlier this year. Gov. David Paterson proposed an 18 percent state tax on soda and other sugary drinks, but he backed off because of strong public opposition.
Yet there does seem to be some public support for taxing soda -- if the revenue would help pay for health care reform. A May posting on The Atlantic's Web site looked at polling data that shows most people would either strongly or somewhat support such a tax if it were tied to paying for health care.
Originally posted by lucentenigma
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
With this and the talking head on CNN (was watching the plane hijacking) saying that all Americans have a personal responsibility to have health insurance (and will be fined or jailed if they don't) I don't doubt that there will be rioting in the streets soon.
Originally posted by marg6043
Well taking into consideration that soda like cigarettes are life style choices that can affect health I have not problem with a sin tax.
I don't drink sodas and neither smoke cigarettes, I am all for it.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
Another amazingly stupid idea from the President who loves to talk to hear him self talk especially when it’s in front of a camera he can see himself on.
Originally posted by ziggy1706
You know what gets me the most? They wanna tax sugar drinks..suppose poeple just simply stopped drinking coca cola and pepsi, fanta, ect ect ect...yuode think the soda comapnys are going to start hurting big time financially! who was responsable for this? the politicians. so! perhaps soda is that addicitive, they know kids and obese people are going to drink it like water, regardless. seems kinda on the sick side of planning and thinking. I dont understand the health reform..i mean wouldnt it be better to simply encuorage and promote to tstop drinking so much soda? instead, their going to tax it, to make money, and knowing the kid or obese person is still going to consume thier sugary addictive product, and not give a rats ass if they end 8up with diabetes or dead.. thier simply proffiting of of death, and pre knwoledged murder. more or less.
Originally posted by Beach Bum
Wow ! He really isn't as smart as we give him credit. Although I could be
extremely wrong but , I don't think so.