The American Medical Association Wants to Tax Your Pizza
The AMA recently published an article that calls for a "fat tax" to be levied on pizza, soda, and other supposed junk foods. The flat 18 percent tax would, according to the article, deter people from eating high-calorie, low-nutrition foods like pizza and soda. In the long run, the article claims, the tax would save more than $147 million in health care costs. Obesity-related health care costs currently total about 9.1 percent of the total health care expenses in the country.
Lapp of Worst Pizza goes on to criticize the article for being misinformed. Sure, cheap, fast-food pizzas made in chain restaurants aren't exactly great for you. But pizza on the whole is a complete and nutritious food when made properly. Just about every food group is represented on pies (yes, even fruit: mmm, pear and Gorgonzola!), and most nonmeat toppings are quite healthful. According to him, the AMA would be a lot better off gunning for burgers or hot dogs. Not to mention there's a high level of hypocrisy at play suggesting the government tax the foods it currently subsidizes the most: Corn (from which high fructose corn syrup is made) and wheat (crust, duh!) are two of the most heavily subsidized crops in the U.S. today.