February 7, 2010

Many California health advocates hope a tax on soft drinks will be adopted here as a way to reduce obesity and raise money for the budget. A few months ago there was similar hope in Washington D.C. for a national soda tax as part of federal health reform. Now that idea is dead. The LA Times’ Tom Hamburger and Kim Geiger show in this story how the beverage industry killed the tax proposal in its infancy.

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2 Responses to Soda-popped

  1. jeff

    February 16, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    It’s so disturbing that corporations have so much power and influence over our lives and health. These products are cheap because our government subsidizes corn production. When I was a kid, a soda was between 7 and 12 ounces. Now kids are drinking 32 ounce Big Gulps and 20 ounce sodas. While I can understand why corporations want us to consume more of these products to boost their profits, I can’t for the life of me understand why taxing stuff that is bad for you is a bad idea. People will consume less if they have to pay more.

  2. Mark Murray

    February 16, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Coca Cola realized a $6.82 billion profit last year. The Federal government is not going to take action on this issue. California needs to consider a market-based fee on sugar water with the revenue targeted at offsetting rising health care costs.

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