Thursday, June 06, 2013

Soda lobby ad

This ad has been playing a lot around here recently. It's paid for by the sugary water industry, as it is afraid that taxes on sodas will hurt sales. Maybe this is all a karmic payback for putting Pepsi logos on baby bottles and giving them to low income, poorly educated young mothers?

5 comments:

Ripituc said...

Let the people decide whether they want sodas or not!

Anyway, did Pepsi really give away baby-bottles of soda?

Maxichamp said...

@Ripituc: In the 1990s, they gave away baby bottles with Pepsi logos. Not very intelligent mothers thought this meant it was okay to feed their babies Pepsi. Yes, this happened.

Taxing soda is not a perfect solution, but if it helps lower obesity rates, then it might be a good idea. I would rather have my tax dollars pay for a teacher's salary than a low income person's costly diabetes treatment from a lifetime of poor eating decisions.

Ripituc said...

The really fair solution would be to exclude eating-caused Diabetes from public-founded health coverage.

Maxichamp said...

@Ripituc: I understand your point. But it's like motorcyclists who crash and don't wear a helmet. If he does not have health insurance or money, do we just tell him sorry, we cannot help because you chose not to wear a helmet?

Or, what if you and your wife want to have a child, but there is a 55% chance that he will suffer from a genetic disorder. Once he is born, and he has the disorder, should you and your wife be responsible for his medical bills?

I don't have an answer.

Ripituc said...

I'd say yes to the first. He chose not to wear a helmet, and wearing it was . The second case is different, you can make them analogous and say well, you decided to have the child.

But of course it is a different type of decision, the emotional cost of not having the child, compared to wearing a helmet...