Soda Taxes Covering Health Care Costs

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10/28/10

Soda Taxes Covering Health Care Costs

What if there was a way that led to healthier eating and expanded health-insurance coverage at the same time? President Obama and administration have about a $1.2 trillion plan. This federal proposal will place an excise tax on soda, certain fruit drinks, sports drinks, and ready-to-drink teas. The taxes will help pay for a fraction of the cost to expand health insurance. Most people can agree that this appears to be a win-win situation.

Now a day, Americans’ overall physical health and having decent health care coverage plans go hand in had. The government is constantly pressuring food companies to make healthier products to improve the people’s well being. A sin tax will be placed on soda due to the fact that by consuming sugar-sweetened drinks can lead to obesity, diabetes, and other ailments. According to the article, “ Soda Tax Weighed to Pay for Health Care” by Janet Adamy, the office estimated that adding a tax of three cents per 12-once serving to sweetened drinks would generate $24 billion over the next four years. The tax would not only generate revenue, but would lower soda consumption. This will reduce health problems and save medical costs. Mr. Jacobson is quoted in the article saying, “Soda is clearly one of the most harmful products in the food supply, and it’s something government should discourage the consumption of”. The tax should hopefully discontinue the sales of soda in school districts, teaching children how to have a healthy lifestyle. Soda taxes contribute to numerous benefits.

The sin taxes placed onto unhealthy foods seem to have a promising future. Although the manufacturers of the products disagree, the health of the average person will benefit. A soda tax is just one main idea the lawmakers have come up with to help finance health-care plans. These taxes clearly have more positive effects than negative.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124208505896608647.html

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