Congress Weighs Soda Tax
A few cents on every can could improve health
By Gabriel Winant, Newser User
Posted May 12, 2009 7:41 AM CDT
New York Gov. David Paterson provoked a backlash recently by proposing an 18-percent tax on soda.   (AP Photo/ John Hickey)

(Newser) – With health care reform expected to run the government around $1.2 trillion, Congress is looking for ways to pay for it. A new idea bouncing around Capitol Hill is a soda tax, reports the Wall Street Journal. “Soda is clearly one of the most harmful products in the food supply, and it's something government should discourage the consumption of,” says a public interest advocate.

A three-cent tax on a twelve-ounce soda (and similar sugary drinks, such as bottled iced tea) would raise only $24 billion over four years, but might also have returns in health savings. Responds a spokeswoman for the American Beverage Association, “Taxes are not going to teach our children how to have a healthy lifestyle.”

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erikwojtylko
Apr 2, 2010 9:27 PM CDT
Maybe our esteemed leaders and representatives should have thought about ways to pay for the new healthcare policy BEFORE they passed it through congress. No, instead, they are gonna pretend to be health nuts to milk even more money out of American's pockets. If I want to drink coke until my arteries explode, that is MY decision. Don't punish me for it by stealing the little money I have left. This is a free country. Remember those crazy tea party people? How they protested about the cost of healthcare reform? Well, its been proven! They are correct! 100% possitive! Now, everything you like will be taxed! You are an ignorant, nieve, twit if you think a 3 cent tax is going to reduce child obesity. Oh, and J6P, that is really cool that you quit, but also take into consideration that the ciggarette tax (also unconstitutional) was considerably more drastic than this one. This isn't for your kids! This isn't for the obese in this country! This is so they dont look like idiots when this country gets eaten by China. This is another example of someone trying to push their opinions on other's. Just like our bible thumping friends that started the inquisition. A bit of a broad contrast, but it IS the same concept.
Chudluv
May 14, 2009 9:54 AM CDT
Two statements in this story that shouldn't have been listed or none of you poster have made comments on...1).With health care reform expected to run the government around $1.2 trillion, Congress is looking for ways to pay for it. 2.)“Soda is clearly one of the most harmful products in the food supply, and it's something government should discourage the consumption of---If you're going to tax said item to raise money to fund programs, you really don't want to "discourage" the use of said item. That is kin to biting off your nose despite your face. Oregon State Government has taxed the hell out of Tobacco products for the last 15 years to fund Health programs and it was just this week that they believe might have taxed it to much. Now they are running around with their heads pulled out of their butts and now going to tax alcohol, which by the way the last tax raised on that was over 20 years, to off set lack of funds from Tobacco products.....
Fondue
May 12, 2009 9:33 AM CDT
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