November 30, 2012
More and more young people are experiencing hypertension and childhood obesity, and because of which are seemingly becoming more prone to various diseases (Should Government Tax Sugary Drinks?). Many take a stand on the issue, as New York for example no longer allows the use of trans fats in their restaurants. Still the cost of unhealthy food has remained nearly the same, while the cost of a high yield diet has soared beyond that of the rate of inflation (Should Government Tax Sugary Drinks?). The idea has been presented that the government place a tax on unhealthy food, such as America’s favorite – soda pop! Various valid points have been made in relation to how this “sin” tax could help to benefit our financial deficit and better influence the people (A Tax That Invests in Our Health). Others object, saying that the tax is a form of discrimination, separating us about our assumed character and wellbeing (Does This Tax Make Me Look Fat?). Though the answer seems so clear to some at first how to go about imposing such taxes, it is important that the complexity of the situation is recognized to see if the tax would be effective enough to be worthwhile. Taxing the population in prospect of raising money to go towards our government has many different sides, but just how effective would it be to make an extra profit from soda, and where exactly the money would be used most effectively. It Casebook it is stated “A recent study by Cornell University, for example, indicated that the annual cost of treating obesity is now $168 billion. That amounts to 16.5 percent of the country’s total medical care expenses” (Should Government Tax Sugary Drinks?). Despite even the most creative ideas such as Jan Brewer’s proposition to charge all overweight Medicaid patients and additional annual fee of fifty dollars, the taxes and fees could not begin to pay for people to administrate them, never the less cause any significant impact on our financial...
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