September 12, 2009

There's an obese elephant in Obama's health plan

It's clear reading Michael Pollan in the NY Times that obesity, poor eating and the excess calories plied by fast food restaurants are costing Americans billions of dollars, maybe even trillions of dollars.

The real enemy of Americans -- the enemy that will tax us to death -- is American food. Until we address this issue any reform in health care is just moving the deck chairs on the Titanic.

The American way of eating has become the elephant in the room in the debate over health care. The president has made a few notable allusions to it, and, by planting her vegetable garden on the South Lawn, Michelle Obama has tried to focus our attention on it. Just last month, Mr. Obama talked about putting a farmers’ market in front of the White House, and building new distribution networks to connect local farmers to public schools so that student lunches might offer more fresh produce and fewer Tater Tots. He’s even floated the idea of taxing soda. (Read more...)

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