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.
When you’re getting an allowance from Daddy, you abide by his rules.
I’d rather not have a government that assumes the roles of Mommy and Daddy. It should be optional.
Why not put special ‘food dispensers’ into every household. When you want food, you get on a scale that decides how much will be dispensed to you. It will also keep track of what you’ve eaten that day and adjust the type and portion of food accordingly. It could also be configured to estimate the amount of carbon dioxide you will produce metabolizing the amount of food you’ve been given, and send the information to the government so that they can determine how much extra carbon tax you should be assessed.
Give them cereal and WHOLE milk for breakfast and soup and sandwich for lunch...PERIOD.
No pizza, no chicken fingers....
The gov knock all the fast food places and then serves the same thing in school. Dumb...just dumb...
“Feds look to regulate food similar to tobacco, with hopes of saving money on health care”
This was totally forseeable and would only be shocking if it did not happen.
Idiots wanted gooberment involved in financing health care. Gooberment begins funding health care with our hard earned tax dollars, finds that costs explode, looks for ways to contain costs, finds that smokers cost more money, and then begins to regulate what would otherwise be an individual choice.
Next will be regulating behavior that leads to obesity.
Gooberment never grows smaller or becomes less intrusive without a revolution of some sort.
We need a private health care system, with no gooberment involvement, but I don’t see the sheeple going along with that.
If they didn’t insist on trying to pay for it..they could leave it alone. These creatures are insane.
Way past the time for the states to leave the feds....the 50 should secede..from DC!!!
I'd recommend not giving them any ideas, but this has probably already been considered in some form.
Says it was thought salt was the baddie.
Changing the channel...These people are in reality....selling something.....like poison substitutes
More memorable quotes in the aftermath of O/Care.
From Vladimir Lenin: "Medicine is the keystone of the arch of the socialist state." W/ govt in control of medical care, all the defining, controlling features of socialist govt can be introduced.....one by one.
O/CARE will transfer massive authority to the Obama Admin over the lives of Americans, and their businesses. E-v-e-r-y-thing Americans do is related to health.
FROM O/CARE LAW: Page 58 and 59: The government will have real-time access to an individuals bank account and will have the authority to make electronic fund transfers from those accounts.
NOTE: Socialized health care is impossible without seizing private medical records----BUT the 4th Amendment prohibits seizure without warrants. The Obama govt will do it anyway.
From NEIL MCLAUGHLIN in Modern Healthcare "When Congress passed healthcare reform, reporters joked that the package amounted to a Full Employment Act for health journalists. There were so many provisions and questions about implementing it that it would require weeks and months to sort through it all."
Many of us warned them back then. All I can say now is quitcherbitchen or do something about it. Sit on your arses and think its someone else their after again this time but they will get you sooner or later. Probably sooner. Total control of you lives by government is only a few short months away.
that wont work until we are 'chipped'...
all gubmint, all control, all the time...
Soon we will all be REQUIRED to eat only government approved meals
Then we will all eat Soylent Green.
Some one then needs to tell moochelle how fat she is.
This is why the non-smokers should have opposed smoking bans.
Instead, they welcomed it as progress, because it was something they didn’t like. Now the precedent has been set to regulate behavior in the interest of health.
So, those same people who applauded government regulation of behavior will now have to suffer it themselves.
I’d be glad that the chickens came home to roost if it didn’t affect me also.
Too true! Look at gasoline and electricity prices as a hint of what's to come. We have turned our government and all its power over to our future Masters.
“Medical spending” and “the environment” allow them to control virtually every single area of your life.
They'll claim taxes on "unhealthy" foods will subsidize what they decide are "healthy" foods all while driving up the cost of food people want to eat. The poor will be even worse off and most of that revenue will be shifted into the general fund to be used on wasteful "progressive" schemes.
The idea of what's become called a "Twinkie tax" goes back to at least the early 1940s.
When MObama unveiled her "My Plate" sham, the site included a 7 day sample menu of healthy eating. I calculated what it would cost me to feed one person those meals on two of those days (Days 4 & 6). In one case, $44.42, in the other $49.95.
How many individuals are spending $18K on food per year?
In bizarre contrast, the FDA "food plans" (where they claim what food costs) top out at $4,200 per year for an adult male.
There is a mammoth chasm of a disconnect between their abstract cost claims and what they actually recommend as individual meals.
They are fundamentally unserious about providing cost effective, detailed guidance to those who need it the most.
Poor people are fat because fattier foods are less expensive. The solution is not subsidies! The solution is an economy that isn't anti-job.
Are they going to subsidize 95% lean ground beef, used in the Day 4 sample menu? That costs $7.30/lbs where I am. How do you produce enough ground beef that lean to meet all needs without driving up costs for cattle ranchers who need to worry about pollution regulations from dust clouds if there's a stampede?
These people are dumb as a box of rocks. They work against their own stated goals without know it thus ensuring perpetual failure.
LOL! Once again, Rush was right. He was warning about this over 10 years ago.
Maybe they should ban TV :)
First they came for our lightbulbs, now they want our twinkies....when will it end?
Overeating is a disgusting, filthy habit that should be taxed, regulated, or banned outright.
Good post. But I happen to believe the so-calle “poor” make bad choices about food and their lifestyles and that is what causes their obesity. I see them in the grocery store all the time and with their EBT cards they are spending WAY more than I do on food/necessities. If they have enough government credits to buy a 8 boxes of twinkies and 40 lbs. of frying chicken, they have enough to buy some vegetables and fruit. I just don’t see them doing it.
Your asking to much from this crowd regarding attempts at being “logical”. Not that they really would want to go down that route.
A lot of us non-smokers in AZ opposed the bans. We knew exactly what was coming next. No one listened.
Nanny State PING!
We warned you and a lot of Freepers did not listen.
Burn them all to the ground! These people are all demons.
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