The obesity police are on the march, and they are using health-care costs as their ammunition. This story details how our government is pondering coercing us to eat healthy and lose weight.
The article notes how the director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) “believes that taxing sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks will help cut down on consumption and raise revenues that can be used to fight the obesity epidemic.”
The argument appears to be that such action on the part of the government will drive down overall health-care costs – thereby linking it to the current health-care reform push. That’s nice, who wouldn’t want to lower health-care costs. But, as is customary with government, the means of doing so is to levy taxes and coerce people into making what they (the government) believe to be right and healthy choices.
Paternalism on the part of government comes in many forms. But no matter what the form it takes, it still represents government demeaning its citizens by treating them like children in need of correction.