While Democrats await the results of bipartisan negotiations over health care reform in the Senate Finance Committee, one of the proposals put before the committee received a nod of approval from health officials today: taxing soda.
If enacted, there will be a three-cent tax on sugary drinks including: pop, energy, and sports drinks like Gatorade. Last time I checked, Coca-Cola wasn't consumed just by rich people. The lower income families, also, consume such beverages.
In addition to taxing the poor again, it is, also, another example of Democrats trying to tell us that they know better than us how to live our own lives.
Like the soda tax, S-CHIP, the $1 per pack cigarette tax that Democrats say will partially pay for government-subsidised health care for children, was an earlier example of Nanny State Law that are designed to force us to do what Democrats deem better for us.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a three-cent tax would generate $24 billion over the next four years, and proponents of the tax argued before the committee that it would lower consumption of sugary drinks and improve Americans' overall health.
At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Weight of the Nation" conference today, CDC chief Dr. Thomas Freiden said increasing the price of unhealthy foods "would be effective" at combating the nation's obesity problem, reports CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder.
Anyway you look at it, this is another tax on those who make less than $250,000 and another possible broken campaign promise for Obama.