Taxing Sugary Soft Drinks

It seems the old idea of taxing sugary soft drinks is once again back in the headlines as a way to pay for health reform, while fighting obesity at the same time.

 

 

It seems the old idea of taxing sugary soft drinks is once again back in the headlines as a way to pay for health reform, while fighting obesity at the same time.

A group of doctors, nutritionists and economists says a penny an ounce tax on sugary drinks could raise almost 15 billion dollars a year for health programs.

Harvard School of Public Health Dr. Walter Willett says, "It's only fair that people consuming these beverages help share the cost of the diseases that they're putting upon themselves."

The impact these drinks may or may not have when it comes to our health is up for debate. The questions I have...do you think a so called "Sugar Tax" should be implemented on soft drinks to help pay for health care?

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  • by Ron Location: NC on Sep 24, 2009 at 05:34 PM
    If they can PROVE their case...tax it...if not...like Marie said, we are already way over taxed.
  • by Marie Location: Bath on Sep 21, 2009 at 07:09 AM
    Are you kidding? If someone needs a sugar fix do you really think this will stop them? They'll just make a gallon of extra-sweet tea or kool-aid or whatever. And while we're at it, let's just tax everything. Are your fingernails too long--we'll tax 'em. Are your feet too big--we'll tax 'em. Makes just about that much sense to impose another tax on a drink for which we already pay sales tax. Give Americans a break.
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