So in other words, anything the medical profession thinks is bad for us should be taxed beyond our means? What gives the government the right to tell
people what they can and can't eat.
Fat people, every time they go to see their doctor about something else, get harassed about their weight? That doesn't seem right to me.
Well if you go to the mechanic to get you break pads changed and the mechanic notices that your engine is about to blow up, would you not want him to
A precedent has been set that a fat guy can sue his doctor if his doctor doesn't reccomend fat camp or stomach satpling:
being a fat #er is going to kill you. The government isn't 'telling you what to eat', the proposition is to discourage the consumption of unhealthy
food that is causing an an epidemic.
This is no different from other vice taxes such as are applied to alcohol and cigarettes.
If the argument is against vice taxes, then fine. There are some people who drink soft drink like they should
water, however because soft drink
is so cheap, they don't.
Whether or not this will work remains to be seen. In all likely hood if there is a drop in sales, soft drink companies will just drop their price to
make it more affordable, or introduce 'budget lines', as has happened with cigarettes.
soft drinks are slow acting poison when consumed every day, i can understand why doctors want to discourage it. There are 17 tea spoons of sugar in a
can of coke. Some people have several cans of coke a day and then wonder why they are fat.
Edit: The proceeds of the tax should be used to subsidize healthy food and drink, eg fruit and vegetables. Apply a generaly 'bad food tax' which
subsidizes 'good foods'. this will make it a lot more effective at achieving its goal.
edit on 19-2-2013 by bigdohbeatdown because: (no reason