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Stimulus Funds Used To Fund Fat Tax Study

This one is right out of the “you’ve got to be kidding me” category.

It seems that stimulus funds, you know that 787 billion bill without an “ounce” of pork in it, are funding a study at the University of Illinois (wow, there’s a surprise) to look at “the relationship between fat taxes and food consumption, diet quality, and obesity.”

In reality it is a study to assess the feasibility of taxing soda, under the guise of fighting obesity, to fund health care reform. You remember all the trial balloons that were launched earlier in the year concerning this tax? Well, now taxpayers are funding research to figure out if it is feasible to further tax taxpayers.

And does anyone really doubt the outcome of the study? Really?

This is perfect example of how out of control government has become. Spending money it doesn’t have on a study to see if it can tax you more to make up for some of the money it’s spending that it doesn’t have.  That should be a line in a comedy skit, not a reality.

This also makes the point that government would have no hesitation whatsoever – if it can manage to wrangle the power to do it – in deciding what you should or shouldn’t consume – all in the name of health care dollars – and punishing you if you don’t conform. And, of course, regulators and bureaucrats can’t assume that power unless Congress hands it to them through this health care reform monstrosity.

While you’re noodling over that, you might also consider another voice that came out today in opposition to the present health care reform bill. Dr. Jeffery Filer, dean of the Harvard Medical School said:

Speeches and news reports can lead you to believe that proposed congressional legislation would tackle the problems of cost, access and quality. But that’s not true. The various bills do deal with access by expanding Medicaid and mandating subsidized insurance at substantial cost—and thus addresses an important social goal. However, there are no provisions to substantively control the growth of costs or raise the quality of care. So the overall effort will fail to qualify as reform.

Make sure you read the whole thing.

[HT: Katherine P.]

~McQ

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9 Responses to Stimulus Funds Used To Fund Fat Tax Study

  • Taxing soda will of course simply lead to more beer sales.

  • I could barely get through two lines of that op-ed you linked to. How could Harvard employ such a blatantly racist fear-monger?! He’s probably one of those “tea-baggers” the President talked about…
     
     

  • The various bills do deal with access by expanding Medicaid and mandating subsidized insurance at substantial cost—and thus addresses an important social goal. However, there are no provisions to substantively control the growth of costs or raise the quality of care. So the overall effort will fail to qualify as reform.

    This highlights one of the problems with the health care takeover: the language is vague and almost orwellian.  The various bills in the Congress do not “reform” much of anything.  Rather, they merely create many more federal bureaucracies and force people to pay for something that they really don’t want.  American health care is quite good in that it is advanced, innovative, responsive, effective, and accessible (does anybody but the most brain-dead liberal want to go to another country for treatment if he’s very sick?  Didn’t think so…).  Nobody in Congress or the White House is promising that the health care takeover is going to make the system better: they are not promising that Americans will live longer, healthier lives if it is passed.  This is not a health care reform at all.

    And note the vital phrase:

    addresses an important social goal”

    This whole mess isn’t about making our health care better.  It isn’t even about making it cheaper (spending upwards of $1 trillion in 10 years isn’t saving money).  Rather, it’s about a small group of liberal fatcats in DC getting to decide what care people get and who gets to pay the bill in the name of some loopy social engineering scheme.  They’ve had to dress it up with phony promises of “reform” and “cost savings” in order to try to sneak it past a citizenry that is far more interested in American Idol than their own government, but the goal is to destroy the current system and replace it with something else.  That’s not reform.  And it really has nothing to do with health care.
    What a disgraceful pack of liars.