When the government is paying for your healthcare, all of the sudden they become incredibly interested in every single thing that you put in your body…from cigarettes to brownies. So, for all of you who thought that “free healthcare” really meant “free”- and were gung-ho on the entitlement wagon that is Obamacare, you might decide that it’s not such a cool deal after all.
Cigarettes are the first to be targeted and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Don’t get me wrong. Smoking is disgusting. But, you have the right in America to be disgusting if you want to. I have a feeling we will begin seeing, on an even larger scale than we have to this point, a great manipulation and regulation by our federal government of everything we are and are not allowed to consume– from brownies, to pop tarts, to cigarettes. Get ready.
The federal government has a growing interest in the eating habits of Americans for the same reason it has an interest in tobacco consumption, said Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
The reason is money, because three-quarters of medical-spending is driven by chronic diseases, such as obesity and tobacco-related diseases, she said.
Sebelius’ comments came at the tail-end of Tuesday’s White House press conference where officials showcased nine new photos that must be carried on cigarette packs. Officials used a survey of 18,000 people to find the images that would have the most distressing impact on groups of smokers, including young smokers and mothers of young kids.
“We want teenagers to understand smoking is gross, not cool,” said the HHS chief. If the public becomes desensitized to the distressing pictures, they’ll be replaced by new pictures, she said.
The regulations are justified, she said, because tobacco causes 443,000 premature deaths, and creates “$200 billion a year in health costs that we clearly could spend better elsewhere,” she said.
But the press questions shifted to food labels when a reporter pressed officials about new food-labeling standards being promoted by the government.
The standards are part of a much larger push by medical professionals to regulate the food sector. The medical professionals, led by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have allied with professional advocacy groups, such as Center for Science in the Public Interest, and with leading Democratic politicians, to blame the food-sector for increasing obesity rates in the American population, and especially among African-Americans.
People like to eat the increasing amount of cheap food produced by the food industry, and the rate of obesity has climbed steadily. In turn, obesity has spiked government and private health-care costs, because fat people are more prone to expensive diseases such as heart-failure and diabetes.