Trillions Spent on Healthcare, Tax Soda

According to a new report, Americans spent $2.2 trillion on health-related costs in 2007, roughly $7,500 per person. Illustrated in Health Affairs, health spending accounted for 16.2% of U.S. gross domestic product in 2007. And at 6.1%, this is the slowest growth rate since 1998. Researchers attribute the broader use of cheaper generic drugs for the decline; Reuters reports.

What did you expect? More active, healthier living! Now, with healthcare expenses raging into the trillions, it’s no wonder why politicians, like New York’s Governor David Paterson, are proposing taxes on hurtful foods, like soft drinks. And in this video New York’s Health Commissioner, Richard F. Daines, MD explains how the soda tax would work. Just ignore the stuff about milk.

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Joel Fuhrman, MD - January 7, 2009 8:48 AM

Soda today is like cigarettes were 50 years ago.

Selling sweetened non-nutritive liquids should be seen for what it is, a addictive, life-threatening habit that should be prohibited for minors and with health warnings on the product.

Natalie - January 8, 2009 2:45 PM

I work in an upscale restaurant and am frequently horrified by the unlimited refills of Coke that parents demand for their children.

I just wish that the NY health commissioner or Dr Fuhrman were being appointed Surgeon General rather than another friend of Big Pharma.

The hardest thing is being seen as an extremist by those around me for simply wanting to be healthy and following Eat To Live.

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