I think a junk food tax would be awesome. It would make people consider twice before buying the stuff, and they would maybe opt for healthier options. The only thing I don't think would be fair would be taxing sodas, as I know many diabetics who drink soda when their blood sugar goes too low. I also would support not allowing those on food stamps to be able to use them to buy junk food.
Unhealthy foods, including those that tend to contribute to obesity, shouldn't be regarded as sacrosanct, since they do contribute to health problems. Taxes on such foods both create incentives for better eating, and could finance better access to health care for the millions who still lack it. Even assuming the Affordable Care Act goes into effect after court challenges, securing funding for universal access to good health care remains a serious long-term challenge, and this approach is one of the tools that can contribute to a solution. The tax need not be overwhelming, since people have the right to consume somewhat unhealthy foods, and cannot be expected to change their habits radically overnight. But anyone proposing that we forsake this approach altogether ought to recommend alternatives for dealing with health care access and financing, and for improving nutrition in the wake of our high rates of obesity and cardiovascular disease.
When buying groceries today, it is nearly impossible to make good choices and still save money. Fresh fruits and vegetables often cost more than their over-processed and unhealthy counterparts. Seeing that there is a quick way to save some cash on their weekly shopping trip, many individuals choose the more affordable option presented, whether it is a healthy choice or not.
Raising taxes on these fat-inducing foods is a good way to wake up consumers to just how bad these foods are for our health. Many people buy junk food because it is cheap so the only way to get people to change their bad eating habits might have to come from higher taxes for those junk foods.
Taxing foods and drinks that contribute to obesity could help decrease this epic problem in our country. The same has been done for liquor and tobacco in many places. Although this may not always discourage the use of these products, we will be getting money from the taxes to help everyone that will benefit from the health coverage. Although it may be difficult to determine which products "contribute to obesity" it will be helpful once a scale is created.
If there were a tax on the foods that contribute to obesity it might help dissuade people from eating them and if not, help defray the extra costs that overweight people put upon the health care industry overall. Overweight people suffer more illnesses related to their weight than healthier, thinner people. These illnesses and subsequent costs to pay for the doctors, prescriptions, hospital stays, etc. are passed on to everyone else. Tax those foods and those people buying them, don't make the costs trickle down to affect everyone.
Since unhealthy food and drinks are a large part of the reason that many people have health problems, it makes a lot of sense that the government should tax those products. They already tax alcohol, cigarettes, and other vices heavily. It is only fair that the food and drink also be taxed. It serves a double purpose -- Not only would it collect needed money to help the health care system, it would also make people stop and think twice before purchasing products that may not be healthy for them. This could encourage healthy eating habits and stop people from having health issues in the first place.
I think that an increase in taxes on soda and junk food could encourage Americans to avoid those foods, and in turn, they would become healthier individuals. Of course, the tax money wouldn't come in as fast if people weren't buying the junk foods, but healthier Americans would be cheaper to insure anyway.
Some food is not very good for people, but they should not pay more for it. Some people are able to control their intake, and would like a small bit of "unhealthy" food, every now and then. The government should step back and allow people to make their own choices.
People don't get fat because they eat too much. They eat too much because they are getting fat. Obesity is a symptom of an imbalance in the hormone insulin which, in turn, is caused by eating grains, sugars and starches, not fats. Science has proved this fact, time and again, and the government has ignored it. If the government doesn't understand the science behind obesity, then they have no idea which food groups are causing obesity. Therefore, they would be penalizing the wrong food groups with extra taxes which, in turn, would force people to continue buying foods that will cause them to become fatter still, and eat less healthy.
It is unfair to tax any food differently. In moderation, chocolate cake isn't going to make you fat. What about people who are thin and have no issues with obesity? Why should they be punished? The government is too involved in things, and would probably not even use the money from the taxes for health care. They tax and spend too much. And, I feel an unfair tax on food and beverages would just be right up there with the other taxes that don't go back and directly help people.
Our government is so far in debt that they should not even be considering increasing their budget to include something so unessential! Increasing taxes on food and drinks is ridiculous! The government should not be controlling out decisions about what to eat. People are obese by their own choices. People should exercise more and eat healthier and often eat less, but this is a person's choice, NOT the governments. Do we really want to live in a country where the government has such significant control over daily things, like eating?
There are people who like to eat fatty or unhealthy foods, but also exercise in order to make sure to burn the calories they took in. Then, there are people who just eat and do not care what any of it does to their bodies. A tax across the board would not be fair to those people who do exercise to maintain their weight.
The least healthy foods are usually the cheapest, this includes instant meals, fast food, and soft drinks. It costs less money to buy a bottle of pop, than it does a bottle of water, and that is at the heart of why so many lower-income families buy them. Most people would love to buy the healthier fruits, vegetables, and organic foods, but they are just out of their price ranges. Even the lean meats cost more money than the fatty ones.
Adding taxes to food and drink items in an already suffering economy is not a good way to add cash to any funds. The government already had a hand in enough of our choices we do not need them deciding what foods to tax so that we will no longer be able to purchase them at a reasonable price because they feel they contribute to obesity.
No, the federal government should not raise taxes on food and drinks to finance the expansion of U.S. health coverage because it will leave people with less disposable income, hurt the economy and employment. The health care plan is unconstitutional anyways and I thought it was paid for?