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Dems urge bold action on O-Care calorie counts
The Hill ^ | August 15, 2014 | Benjamin Goad

Posted on 08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A pair of congressional Democrats pressed the White House Friday to move forcefully on regulations requiring calorie counts on restaurant menus.

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule mandates labels on restaurants, “similar retail food establishments” and vending machines to combat obesity by helping consumers make healthier choices.

The regulations, a requirement of the Affordable Care Act, were first proposed in 2011 and drew hundreds of public comments. The proposal remains under review at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Meanwhile, dozens of lawmakers have argued that the FDA’s proposed rule goes beyond congressional intent, warning that the new restrictions would saddle pizza chains and other restaurants specializing in made-to-order dishes with major new costs.

But Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) are pushing back against that contention, arguing that they essentially wrote the provision, which was based on legislation they’d championed for nearly a decade.

Harkin and DeLauro say the proposed rule doesn’t go far enough.

The regulations, they say, were meant to apply not just to restaurants but to all manner of businesses that sell food, including movie theaters, amusement parks, bowling alleys and miniature golf courses.

The proposed rule, though, limits the new restrictions to businesses that use at least half of their floor space for the preparation, purchase, service, consumption or storage of food.

“As drafted, the definition in the proposed rule excludes many retail food establishments that Congress intended to cover in providing consumers with more information about the nutritional content of the food they buy and consume,” Harkin and DeLauro wrote in a letter to OMB Director Shaun Donovan.

The lawmakers also take exception with the proposal’s language governing the way restaurants determine the nutritional content of their foods.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: Iowa
KEYWORDS: aca; caloriecounts; fda; health; nannystate; nutrition; obama; obamacare; obesity; ppaca; rosadelauro; tomharkin

1 posted on 08/16/2014 8:08:16 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That DeLauro dude is a real pain in the neck.


3 posted on 08/16/2014 8:31:13 PM PDT by jospehm20
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Commie control freaks.

These pig politicians should have their tax calorie consumption stamped on their #ing foreheads.


4 posted on 08/16/2014 8:33:02 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: jospehm20

She’s a pain to even LOOK at!!!!


5 posted on 08/16/2014 8:33:38 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Illegals Are Getting Flat Screet TV's....NOT TB Screenings!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Okay, I give up. How is it constitutional for bureaucrats in Washington DC to dictate what's on a restaurant menu in Boise Idaho?
6 posted on 08/16/2014 8:44:09 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Gene Eric

It’s not enough that you can get calorie booklets at almost any store under the sun.

When will these control freaks realize that it is vain to lead a horse that won’t drink to water.

Well there is one virtue to places like McDonald’s doing this. It becomes obvious that their food isn’t as calorie sinful as many liberals would make it out to be.


7 posted on 08/16/2014 8:45:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Leaning Right

The cancerous commerce clause.


8 posted on 08/16/2014 8:45:57 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: jospehm20

A pain and the neck and the ugliest dude to ever have lived on this planet. The stuff nightmares are made of. Sigourney Weaver wouldn’t even take on that crap.


9 posted on 08/16/2014 8:47:54 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (America is not a refugee camp! It's my home!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

She/it is also among the top 50 Richest members of Congress last I knew.


10 posted on 08/16/2014 9:04:02 PM PDT by matt04
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Half of all Congresscritters are below average.


11 posted on 08/16/2014 9:19:40 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: matt04

Interesting. She didn’t put it into plastic surgery.


12 posted on 08/16/2014 9:22:38 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Illegals Are Getting Flat Screet TV's....NOT TB Screenings!)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

Maybe she did and this is the new-improved version


13 posted on 08/16/2014 9:48:52 PM PDT by digger48
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To: HiTech RedNeck
When will these control freaks realize that it is vain to lead a horse that won’t drink to water.

When the horse stomps them like the snakes they are.

14 posted on 08/17/2014 12:09:19 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

You mean democrats didn’t bother reading the bill they passed? What would Captain Louis Renault say about this???


15 posted on 08/17/2014 12:36:48 AM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Totally agree. Anyone that’s watching their calorie intake knows what they’re getting into when dining out.

Take notice of the Democrat constituents at grocery checkout. All the food is labeled, but the fools are still obese.


16 posted on 08/17/2014 1:57:23 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It’s not enough that you can get calorie booklets at almost any store under the sun.

Heck, my wife has an app for her phone that allows her to check the calories on just about anything edible - even digs down to specific brands/fast food joints.

This is more about exerting even more power and control over those who produce jobs and services.

17 posted on 08/17/2014 2:52:46 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Tol, I don’t mind people beating up the Dems over this, but it’s already done in Europe. You see a calorie count and a price for each menu item. It actually comes in quite handy when trying to figure out whether you actually save money by ordering a larger size (and results do vary).


18 posted on 08/17/2014 4:42:48 AM PDT by BobL
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I remember when the Dems demanded places like McDonald’s list calories. The calories turned out to be not nearly as bad as assumed. Although I only buy from the value meal. Cheeseburger (300), small fries (200) and diet coke (0) only 500 calories. For 3 bucks.


19 posted on 08/17/2014 5:05:10 AM PDT by nhwingut (This tagline for lease)
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To: jospehm20

Heh, she’s not a dude, but she IS a ghoul. A blood-sucking commie ghoul.


20 posted on 08/17/2014 3:21:40 PM PDT by MaggiesPitchfork
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To: jospehm20

That dude is SUPPOSED TO be a lady.


21 posted on 08/17/2014 6:03:03 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Many chefs don’t stick to the exact same recipe every single time, especially at some of your nicer restaurants. It’s impossible to consistently represent an actual caloric count for many such experiences. The state has grossly overreached and must be slapped back into it’s places as subservient to the people.

Also, reduced caloric intake does not always translate into weight loss or healthier diet. There is no scientific evidence to support that simply cutting calories is better for you. Drastic cuts in necessary proteins can be just as devastating as eating too many carbs. Diet effectiveness is extremely subjective to the needs of the individual and their genetic heritage. There is no “one size fits all” solution to health, but that’s been an ongoing debate ever since hillarycare manifested itself as obamacare.

Such epic fail....


22 posted on 08/18/2014 5:01:26 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hubby and I ate at a Panera bread restaurant for the first time ever recently. We went there for a salad. The females at the table next to us finished their meals and went to look at the dessert selections. They came back empty handed and were talking about the calorie counts being a factor in their decision to skip dessert. They said, “that is bad for business!”


23 posted on 08/18/2014 5:16:54 AM PDT by petitfour
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