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Topic Title: Tax on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages?
Created On: 09/21/2009 11:02 AM
 09/21/2009 11:02 AM

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Last week, I read an interesting article in the NY Times about the controversy surrounding proposals to tax sugary drinks. Here's a link: [url=http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/business/17soda.html?_r=1]http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/business/17soda.html?_r=1[/url] Policy makers have floated around the idea of such a tax for awhile becuase of health concerns surrouding sugary beverages. Different studies have found a link between these drinks and Type 2 diabetes, for example. But the idea has really jumped to the front of people's minds because of its potential to help pay for health care reform. A [url=http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMhpr0905723]study[/url] released last week in the New England Journal of Medicine found that a tax of one penny per ounce would raise $14.9 billion in its first year alone. So what do you think? Is a tax on sugary drinks a way to kill two birds with one stone - encourage healthy behavior and help pay for health care reform? Or is the government overstepping its bounds with an unfair tax? I'm not sure -- I'd love to hear some other opinions!

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