Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Taxes: the new 'expert' quack cure
NY Post ^ | October 29, 2009 | TREVOR BUTTERWORTH

Posted on 10/29/2009 3:56:17 AM PDT by Scanian

Once upon a time, health care was simple: If you had a cut or hemorrhoids, you reached for a leech. There was no medical problem that couldn't be solved, in theory, by applying leeches to the body and letting the wild bloodletting begin. Now, it seems, some public-health experts have found a modern equivalent that will drain America of all its nasty public-health problems: tax increases.

Thomas Frieden, the former New York City health commissioner who's now director of the Centers for Disease Control, has hailed taxes on sugary sodas as a painless way to reduce obesity -- despite much economic research to the contrary.

Now, Dr. Lloyd Sederer, medical director for New York's state Office of Mental Health, and Eric Goplerud, director of the Center for Integrated Behavioral Health Policy at George Washington University, have waded in: In a Washington Post op-ed, they claim that imposing heavy taxes on alcohol would reduce both the harmful effects of heavy drinking and help pay for health reform. To sex up the unattractive prospect of more taxes, they argue that a tax of just "3 cents per beer would cut youth gonorrhea by 9 percent."

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: alcoholtax; obesity; sodatax; stds

1 posted on 10/29/2009 3:56:18 AM PDT by Scanian
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Scanian

More taxes and more spending. It’s the liberals’ cure for everything.


2 posted on 10/29/2009 4:34:44 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Scanian

Tax soda to reduce soda drinking. If true, and it evidently is true:

Tax incomes to reduce achievement.

Tax investments to reduce investment.

The Marxists have once again implemented their agenda in the full light of day.


3 posted on 10/29/2009 5:01:08 AM PDT by the anti-mahdi
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blood of Tyrants

There was no medical problem that couldn’t be solved, in theory, by applying leeches to the body and letting the wild bloodletting begin.

think of it this way, Obama is the Democrat Party’s head leech, he’s going to bleed all of us until all that’s left is a Demo Party with subjects too poor to climb out of the pool of blood.


4 posted on 10/29/2009 6:12:39 AM PDT by scgator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson