Whether your health care is insured by a private company or by Medicare/Medicaid, you pay more to subsidize the greater health care needs of diabetic and obese Americans. You are already being taxed or charged higher premiums to pay the costs of sugary soda's damage to our nation's health -- whether you drink the soda or not. A tax on consumption of a product that is quite justifiably identified as having significant health consequences seems fair to me -- the actual users are paying to cover their risk instead of demanding the rest of the society take financial responsibility for their bad habits. (This assuming the taxes go to fund health care provisioning...)
Additionally, 'sin taxes' are shown to reduce demand; users of tobacco, etc., think more about their habit when the feel the pain in their pocketbook. Also, another poster made the point that agricultural subsidies for healthy foods would help the situation. By all means -- remember, heavily subsidized corn makes corn syrup cheaper to sweeten those big liter bottles. Sadly, broccoli isn't subsidized.
I'm a little surprised that Eating Well readers don't, according to most of these comments, see the need for societal changes to address the obesity epidemic. And BTW, my father and husband both fought for America -- a just, enlightened, educated nation to which we all should contribute in our own ways, through hard work, military service, and taxes.
08/30/2012 - 12:26pm
Taxing soda will not solve the problem. In addition, once the government is allowed to do this...where does it ends? Meats have too much unhealthy fats so let tax it to prevent from buying it...see what I mean. Where would it end. It wouldn't.
08/30/2012 - 12:19pm
No more gov regulations
08/29/2012 - 8:26pm
Please move back in with your parents if you are too stupid to make your own decisions.
The govt does not exist so that you can force your opinions on other people. The very idea that you would coerce other people to do what YOU want them to do is disgusting.
08/29/2012 - 8:12pm
The government should simply stop the subsidies on high fructose corn syrup. If we have to have a Farm Bill let's use it to our benefit and make subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables.
08/29/2012 - 12:57pm
I do not feel the government should be in the business of dictating what people should eat or drink. If I wanted that I would move to a communist country. Some bean counter figured out the majority of society that purchases carbonated beverages are middle and lower class citizens, and we make up the majority of America. Just another tax for the middle class, where are the tax breaks I keep hearing about? My family and I drink more water than soda, but I feel if I want to drink a soda I shouldn't be taxed higher because of it. I have to agree with the comment posted by one reader that soda should not be paid for with food stamps.
08/28/2012 - 2:17pm
If you're worried about paying tax on it, don't buy it.
... Just like you shouldn't be buying it in the first place.
08/25/2012 - 5:40pm
I think the government should subsidize healthier foods in order to encourage people to eat them. Part of the appeal of sugar sweetened beverages is that they are cheap: 89 cents for a liter-- bottled water isn't even that cheap. This is a significant part of the issue that is frequently left out of such discussions, which is why there's no resolution about what to do. Fast food is similar: people know it's not healthy, but then again, it's a sandwich side and a drink for about $4.00. Healthy food costs more-- and a big part of that is because the fed subsidizes the wrong things...
08/25/2012 - 4:44pm
Yes it should be taxed. Someone has to pay for the medicial cost. We are killing ourself drinking this junk .it breaks down our body, we run to the doctors to receive drugs, that do additional hurt. Then we wonder what American are over weight, sickly, weak and unmotivated. It all that sugar that our bodies don't need. Treat sugary drinks like we treat cigarettes and cigar products. Don't let a few people be made rich by making us unwell.
08/24/2012 - 7:27pm
There isn't much left that the government isn't taxing or telling us what we can and can't do, EAT OR DRINK. They have alot more important things to be doing if they would only do what they were voted in to do. DO YOUR JOB GOVERNMENT AND STAY OUT MY POCKETS!