A New Group Opposing Food and Beverage Taxes

By July 21, 2009Health Care, Taxation

A coalition recently formed to fight back efforts to finance health care legislation through taxes targeting soda or snacks, Americans Against Food Taxes. The group is upfront about its members and messaging, as one sees in the website’s “About Us” section:

Americans Against Food Taxes is a coalition of concerned citizens – responsible individuals, financially strapped families, small and large businesses in communities across the country – opposed to the Government’s proposed tax hike on food and beverages, including soda, juice drinks, and flavored milks. The coalition has twin primary aims: 1) To promote a healthy economy and healthy lifestyles by educating Americans about smart solutions that rely upon science, economic realities and common sense; and 2) To prevent the enactment of this regressive and discriminatory tax that will not teach our children how to have a healthy lifestyle, and will have no meaningful impact on child behavior or public health, but will have a negative impact on American families struggling in this economy.

The coalition ran a TV ad during the Sunday morning news shows and there’s a print ad campaign, too.

Of course, it’s not just the federal health care bill that could hit the consumers with a new tax. Here’s today’s front page of The Washington Examiner.

Here’s the story: “D.C. Council members float tax hikes, wage freezes

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