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Jack Cashill column: Kids need a pop, not a pop tax

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Cashill:

As Brent Baker reports on his blog, the network news shows seem to be as suddenly keen on taxing soda pop as are America’s ever vigilant health police.

What triggered the networks’ enthusiasm is a recent study which found that very fat people cost the health care system on average $1,400 a year per person more than their trim brethren.

On Monday, both ABC and CBS, likely prompted by the White House, did stories unsubtly advocating a pop tax to cover the additional cost.

“Health officials seem to like the idea of a federal soda tax,” chirped Sharyn Alfonsi on ABC News, “supporters say it could cut health care costs and America’s ever- expanding bottom line, all at once.”

However, unlike many other media hysterias-global warming comes to mind–the obesity problem is real. According to a recent, authoritative study done by the obesity clinic at Children’s Hospital Boston, 16 percent of American children weighed in as obese, two-thirds of those being extremely obese, and another 32 percent were overweight. (more…)