Your Editor has noted previously1 that if the federal government is going to be ultimately responsible for your health care coverage, then the federal government is going to have both an interest in controlling health care costs and a right to take action to do so, whether you believe that such actions are overly intrusive into your personal lives and choices or otherwise:
By Kendra Alleyne | July 20, 2012
(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) said on Wednesday that Congress ought to look at imposing a federal tax on soda pop.
“We have to address the situation in the marketplace,” DeLauro said at a press conference on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. “Right now, the least expensive beverages are often those with the least value to our health like regular cola or juice drinks that are only 10 percent juice.
“But I will tell you that if you’re paying $3.49 for juice and 79 cents for soda, if you are in a low-income family and you have to stretch the dollar, you don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you what you’re going to buy,” DeLauro said. “You’re going to go for the 79 cents.
“And maybe, quite frankly,” she said, “one of the things that we ought to look at and one of the things we ought to consider is a soda tax.
“Maybe we ought to look at that amongst several other areas that we are looking at in terms of nutrition,” she said.
“Look, the point is: This is a critical, critical issue,” DeLauro said. “We need to work together. And I, really, I beg you for your energy and your interest in all of this right now.”
Or maybe it’s none of your fornicating business.
Public health used to mean that the government would take measures to protect people from communicable diseases, that one person with tuberculosis couldn’t infect everybody in the neighborhood with TB. But if someone on your block is overweight, you can’t somehow catch fat from him. If you are overweight, it is because your individual physical makeup, in concert with your eating habits, has made you overweight. This is your responsibility, not the federal government’s.
The problem is that very well-meaning people like Representative DeLauro somehow seem to think that you can’t be held responsible for your own physical condition, and that the government must somehow manipulate things to make you behave responsibly. It’s for your own good, don’t you see?
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