Time for a Federal Tax on Soda
Mark Bittman salutes bill being introduced today
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2014 11:33 AM CDT
In this June 30, 2014 photo cans of Coca-Cola soda pop are shown in the refrigerator inside of Chile Lindo in San Francisco.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – A Connecticut congresswoman is proposing a federal tax on soda, and chef and columnist Mark Bittman is throwing his weight behind it. "A well-crafted soda tax is likely to work to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, and therefore obesity, and therefore diabetes, and therefore health care costs, and to raise money for health education about the dangers of overconsumption of sugar," Bittman writes in the New York Times. Berkeley, San Francisco, and Illinois are already considering similar measures, "but a national tax would be much tidier."

Rep. Rosa DeLauro's SWEET Act would raise the cost of a teaspoon of sugar or corn syrup by a penny for manufacturers and importers, and the result would be an extra 10 cents or so for a can of soda. The money would be funneled into ObamaCare's Prevention and Public Health Fund, where it could, for instance, help improve the healthiness of school lunches. If there's one big thing we have a fighting chance of fixing, it's our diets, Bittman writes: It should be,"no pun intended, a piece of cake." Click for his full piece.

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Dec 15, 2014 6:39 AM CST
Don't worry people, this will go nowhere. Only the liberal idiots would think this a good idea and they just got stomped.
Aug 5, 2014 8:42 PM CDT
Obamacare is the government's gateway to controlling every aspect of your life. Now they're going to use it to tax everything and claim it's for your own good. This is just another way the democrats figured they can steal money from the private sector to fund their socialist crap while they act like they are trying to help people. We had Coke, candy, and sweets since the 1940's but we didn't have this obesity problem until recently. It's peoples lazy habits & over indulging in everything that is making them obese. You can't pick a few products you don't like and just start taxing them. It's socialists attacking capitalism. I say dump this socialist nightmare and go back to purchasing the health insurance policies you want and get the over reaching democrats out of your lives. For the record, I enjoy drinking coke and I am not obese...how can that happen?
Aug 3, 2014 12:22 PM CDT
Tripling or quadrupling the cost of cigarettes with all the taxes hasn't done much to stop smoking. It just means the poor have less to spend on food, clothing, shelter and the government gets MORE tax money - which is the real motive behind the bill. Like the gasoline tax that was suppose to be used for the highways, bridges, etc. but ends up in the General Fund and the highways and bridges continue to crumble...