Skip to comments.Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care
Posted on 06/22/2011 5:47:22 AM PDT by xtinct
The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said.
Sebelius comments came at the tail-end of Tuesdays White House press conference where officials showcased nine new photos that must be carried on cigarette packs. Officials used a survey of 18,000 people to find the images that would have the most distressing impact on groups of smokers, including young smokers and mothers of young kids.
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All of it......
When they figure out that old age is the root cause of medical spending we are all goners
Yep, they plan to do just that.
In the dying breath of the Lame Duck Session the Congress and Senate passed HR2748/S.510/HR2751 (FDA food takeover bill) in the name of food safety. They sold this to Congress by saying we were under attack by terrorist who wished to poison our food supply. Not doubt they would like to, but this is a horror or a bill hatched in stealth at night. I have posted many times the Congressmen who voted for it.
The free market stares these government flunkies in the face and their conclusion is: "We need more government control".
Because it's not about health, it's not about cost, it's not about food.
It's about control.
According to the FDA - “There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds,”
So are they going to ban all junk food purchases with food stamps before the next election? ;-)
Junk food might be banned but they will not ban of premium steaks, lobster, shrimp, cookies, etc.
This is another disaster in process. Central “planning” NEVER works.
Remember how high cigarette taxes are, now think of what that type of tax and regulation will do to our food supply. THAT is what we are facing.
“We are just five days away from fundamentally transforming America”
How about this...start with the people already recieving taxpayer paid healthcare.
the ones living off the gubmint are far more likely to be fat and smoke than the rest of us.
And since the largest demographic of the largest people are African-American women, maybe Moose-smell should be havin a chat with her sistahs instead of cramping working-man whiteys style.
Rations and MRE’s.
Prepare for the coming taxes on all the “unhealthy” foods ‘shellie tells us not to eat.
It's for our own GOOD people!
So to SAVE MONEY, the government demands that we do as they say and ignore the Constitution. How nice.
The left’s ultimate goal has ALWAYS been depopulation and the easiest way to control the masses is to control the distribution of food .
Eventually, we will see regs declaring national standards for caloric intake in order to ‘fight’ obesity.
(of course, many government elitists will be EXEMPT from the standards along with the usual cast of government approved minorities)
I’d imagine that those who will be targeted first with strict caloric intake,regardless of weight, will be those of us that reside in Red States and are members of what Congresswoman Jackson calls the Christian Militants.
Is this even a logical argument? If you wanted to save money wouldnt you just cut tht money spent ? ie Obama-care and medicare and allow different levels of insurance coverage per risk?
If you are successful forcing people to be healthy and they live longer then dont they just get similar medical problems at a later age which will cost more in the long run through entitlements.
Watch closely when these people in DC talk about saving money. Most people just believe arguments like this without question.
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