We’ve heavily subsidized corn since the 70’s, which wouldn’t make money without government assistance. That corn is used to make corn fructose (a form of sugar), which is nearly in everything...SO YES, this has to be addressed.
To act like there is no problem and that it’s all personal chose is silly. But I’m not for extra taxes....I’m just against government funds pushing bad food.
Regular sucrose sugar, which corn syrup largely replaced, is itself pricey because of other politics... it doesn’t really cost that awfully much to produce.
Some people consider HFCS a creation of Satan, others are more moderate in their views. The few times I have been able to compare a sugar version with an HFCS version of the same soft drink, the sugar one seemed more satisfying, less likely to leave me wanting more and more and more.