Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Soda Tax

While he says that he was "just presenting the science," CDC chief Dr. Thomas Freiden seems to approve of the proposal for a three-cent sales tax on soda and other sugary drinks - pointing out that increasing the price of unhealthy foods "would be effective" at combating the nation's obesity problem. Considering obesity-related health spending reaches $147 billion a year, double what it was nearly a decade ago, the $24 billion the tax is estimated to generate over the next four years could certainly come in handy.

What do you all think about a soda tax? or sugar tax? Will vending machines start taking pennies?

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