It has begun. The government is talking about giving health care to every US citizen. Now you might be sitting back in your chair and thinking, “good everyone should have health care”, and “yes in a perfect world it would be nice.” We don’t live in a perfect world, and just because it seem s nice doesn’t mean we should do it.

There is going to be a lot of debate on this subject in the coming weeks, and you will hear many different arguments for and against it. Like its basic human rights or why should my tax dollars pay for someone else? No matter what your stance may be there is one thing that we can’t ignore, and that is this thing is going to cost us $1.2 trillion dollars.

Now you might be asking yourself, “Where is that money going to come from?” and that’s where the biggest problem with this comes into to play. The government has no way of paying for this at its current state so there solution is to raise taxes, and their target is so called unhealthy food.

Right now congress is looking into a possible tax on soft drinks. The argument is that those drinks have large amounts of sugar and if a person drinks to much of them, it could cause health complications. So any product that helps contribute to health problems must also provide part of the solution, and that comes in the form of tax.

The tax is being proposed on soda, certain fruit drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks, and ready to drink teas, but excludes most diet sodas. It is said to cost consumers around 3 cents for every 12 oz drink and is estimated to bring in $24 billion a year. That still leaves $1.176 trillion that we need.

It doesn’t take a genius to see where this is going. Since any food eaten in excess can cause health issues that means all food is fair game. Red meat, candy bars, butter, salt, cheese, and the most devastating of all bacon are at risk of taxation.

If this passes through it won’t be long before big brother starts to say that we should just eliminate these foods to cut down on health care expenses. It has already started with the Trans fat ban in New York.

I’m not a huge fan of some of the governments’ policies but for the most part I accept them, but if they try to take away my bacon I will personally lead the charge to Washington. Bacon lovers mount up!

By Sean Brett

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