This article is about a week old but it is a good topic to discuss.
Tough love for fat people: Tax their food to pay for healthcare
Key among the "interventions" the report weighs is that of imposing an excise or sales tax on fattening foods. That, says the report, could be expected to lower consumption of those foods. But it would also generate revenues that could be used to extend health insurance coverage to the uninsured and under-insured, and perhaps to fund campaigns intended to make healthy foods more widely available to, say, low-income Americans and to encourage exercise and healthy eating habits.
So, what are your thoughts?
Is this okay?
What exactly is a fattening food?
Should we have the federal government dictating our eating habits?
Studies have indicated that the poor may have a higher risk of this behavior. Isn't this really a regressive tax on the poor and middle class?
Do you think Teddy Kennedy will vote for or against it?