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Soda Tax Weighed to Pay for Health Care
Wall Street Journal ^ | May 11 | Janet Adamy

Posted on 05/12/2009 2:35:48 AM PDT by PghBaldy

Senate leaders are considering new federal taxes on soda and other sugary drinks to help pay for an overhaul of the nation's health-care system.

The taxes would pay for only a fraction of the cost to expand health-insurance coverage to all Americans and would face strong opposition from the beverage industry. They also could spark a backlash from consumers who would have to pay several cents more for a soft drink.

On Tuesday, the Senate Finance Committee is set to hear proposals from about a dozen experts about how to pay for the comprehensive health-care overhaul that President Barack Obama wants to enact this year. Early estimates put the cost of the plan at around $1.2 trillion. The administration has so far only earmarked funds for about half of that amount.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based watchdog group that pressures food companies to make healthier products, plans to propose a federal excise tax on soda, certain fruit drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks and ready-to-drink teas. It would not include most diet beverages. Excise taxes are levied on goods and manufacturers typically pass them on to consumers.

Senior staff members for some Democratic senators at the center of the effort to craft health-care legislation are weighing the idea behind closed doors, Senate aides said.

The Congressional Budget Office, which is providing lawmakers with cost estimates for each potential change in the health overhaul, included the option in a broad report on health-system financing in December. The office estimated that adding a tax of three cents per 12-ounce serving to these types of sweetened drinks would generate $24 billion over the next four years. So far, lawmakers have not indicated how big a tax they are considering.

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To: PghBaldy

"The Best Stuff on Earth - to Tax"

61 posted on 05/12/2009 4:20:28 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: Ancient Drive

Nah, the CBO informed the congress that 22 million NEW smokers would be needed to fund all the goodies in SCHIPS bill, but congress passed the bill anyway. They knew additional taxes on ~something~ would be required.

62 posted on 05/12/2009 4:21:20 AM PDT by LSAggie
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To: libertarian27
I remember when Snapple was sold (I believe to Quaker Oats) and they did make some changes, going from sugar to HFCS, and the flavor changed. I stopped drinking Snapple because it just wasn't as good as it was in the past.

I may give it another try, if I can find it at a convenience store - So far, I haven't found it at the local Quik Trips.


63 posted on 05/12/2009 4:25:12 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: PghBaldy

Obama secretly raised the ever lovin crap in taxes on cigarettes and no one is peeping a word. Gas prices are rising-it is okay... he will tax the ever loving crap out of everyone and everything to pay for his marxist radical dream and we will all be up shits creek without a paddle.

64 posted on 05/12/2009 4:27:09 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: DivaDelMar

Hey, we still have the liberal staple tofu...yechhhh

65 posted on 05/12/2009 4:28:13 AM PDT by Merlinator (One Big A$$ Mistake America)
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To: MarkL

I saw a commercial recently that said they are back to real sugar in Snapple - but, as the article states - they will be taxed too.

Of course, I’m allergic to Aspertame, so I will be oppressed.

66 posted on 05/12/2009 4:30:28 AM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Life, Liberty and the Department of Happiness)
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To: NoObamaFightForConservatives

Carbonated drinks contain CO2. Can you say GLOBAL WARMING!!!. Tax the HELL out of it or BAN THEM ALL, Pepsi, Coke, BEER, WINE etc.

67 posted on 05/12/2009 4:32:28 AM PDT by Not a 60s Hippy (They are SOCIALISTS, not Progressive, Liberal, Left Wing, Democrats, Special interest groups.)
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To: PghBaldy
Long long ago Fedgov created a new tax, on quart bottles of distilled spirits.

Thus the “fifth” was born, which evaded the tax for a decade or so.

If they tax “soda” there will soon be a new popular drink, with a lower price, that won't be called “soda” nor will it have sugar.

Economics and market choice are a clever combination, allowing producers to make stuff people wish to purchase.

68 posted on 05/12/2009 4:44:41 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: PghBaldy
*** So far Obama got me on the cig tax ***

Roll your own.
My state (IL) raised the cig tax when the Feds did and I said enough is enough.

A simple 'Job' brand rolling machine is under $3.00.
A 6oz can of Zig-Zag 'original' tobacco, which makes well over a typical carton of 200 cigs is under $20.00, and that comes with 200 papers.
These taste just like my Camel non filters :-)

There's also pre-rolled 'tubes' with filters, but for that you need a different machine (it slides), like from 'Gambler' that's about $5.00. I found the 'Top' brand filtered tubes don't taste too bad. 'Almost' like Camels.

There are also bigger quantity bags of tobacco, but I haven't tried those yet. There's also, 'light' and menthol tobacco.

Naturally it'll take some practice (I ruined the first hand roller I bought, duh) but after a week or so, you'll be rolling a perfect cig.

And DON'T try hand rolling a smoke like Bogey does in the Maltese Falcon. We Americans lost that finger function after WWII ended. Plus, Bull Durham is out of business and you can't buy those little cloth bags any more ;-)

69 posted on 05/12/2009 5:03:30 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: PghBaldy

Pop goes the taxes

70 posted on 05/12/2009 5:07:00 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: RU88

Candy, chips, and pretzels soon to follow.

71 posted on 05/12/2009 5:08:25 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: PghBaldy

I propose a tax on government. ;-)

72 posted on 05/12/2009 5:09:07 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: Glenn

What you aren’t thinking about is if they get away with this then maybe something YOU enjoy that others wish you didn’t will be next.

73 posted on 05/12/2009 5:12:03 AM PDT by leapfrog0202
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To: Merlinator

Oh yummy! NOT!

74 posted on 05/12/2009 5:16:17 AM PDT by DivaDelMar (CRAm member-- (Conservative Republicans Against mcCain) Think you're entitled to my vote? CRAm It!!!)
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To: DooDahhhh
Quit buying any sodas & kick their butts!

Stop filing tax returns and kick their butts into oblivion!

75 posted on 05/12/2009 5:18:55 AM PDT by unixfox (The 13th Amendment Abolished Slavery, The 16th Amendment Reinstated It !)
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To: Pinkbell
I disagree completely with the Rats’ plan, but I understand why they would scam folks and use their ignorance as an excuse to tax something considered unhealthy and high calorie. They figure that we're too stupid to decide for ourselves whether or not to consume unhealthy and/or high calorie foods/beverages and think that they have an obligation to protect taxpayers from a product that MIGHT add more weight which may lead to obesity and problems associated with that even if that isn't the case for all consumers of these products. That in turn means the government will have a perfect excuse to raise taxes to pay more for health care.

Hell. It worked for the smokers. And we are simply laughing our butts off with a look on our faces that say, "We TOLD you so."

I have to go tend to my tobacco garden now. BBL.
76 posted on 05/12/2009 5:21:26 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: PghBaldy
Soda Pop Tax Weighed ti Pay for Health Care

Fixed it.

77 posted on 05/12/2009 5:37:20 AM PDT by DManA
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To: DooDahhhh

And when people stop drinking pop, they’ll have to tax something else. Everyone here should know the dems will not stop at just one source to pay for this farce.

78 posted on 05/12/2009 5:49:37 AM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: PghBaldy

This is just more “soak the poor”, like cigarette- and gasoline taxes. Those b———s riding around in private jets and air-conditioned limousines couldn’t care less about the poor. Or anybody else, for that matter.

79 posted on 05/12/2009 5:49:47 AM PDT by RoadTest (For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus - I Tim 2:5)
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80 posted on 05/12/2009 5:51:07 AM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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