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While Democrats await the results of bipartisan negotiations over health care reform in the Senate Finance Committee, one of the proposals put before the committee received a nod of approval from health officials today: taxing soda.listened to arguments earlier this year both for and against imposing a three-cent tax on sodas as well as other sugary drinks, including energy and sports drinks like Gatorade.reports CBS News chief political consultant Marc Ambinder.according to a study published Monday by the journal Health Affairs.ARTICOL COMPLET

The committee -- the last congressional panel expected to produce its own recommendations for health care reform --

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that a three-cent tax would generate $24 billion over the next four years, and proponents of the tax argued before the committee that it would lower consumption of sugary drinks and improve Americans' overall health.

At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "Weight of the Nation" conference today, CDC chief Dr. Thomas Freiden said increasing the price of unhealthy foods "would be effective" at combating the nation's obesity problem,

Freiden said he was not endorsing the tax as a member of the administration but was "just presenting the science," according to Ambinder. He also said policies that would reduce the cost of healthy foods would effectively bring down obesity rates.

Obesity-related health spending reaches $147 billion a year, double what it was nearly a decade ago,

Given that evidence, the argument goes, a soda tax could plausibly pay for health care reform both by raising revenues and bringing down the medical expenses associated with obesity.

 

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Americanii cresc taxele pentru sucurile carbogazoase, ca sa scada obezitatea populatiei


Americanii introduc o taxa pentru bauturi racoritoare, pentru a combate obezitatea. Astfel, toate sucurile carbogazoase vor fi mai scumpe, scopul fiind descurajarea consumului, informeaza, vineri, Realitatea TV.

Americanii cu varste intre 20 si 30 de ani consuma, in medie, cu aproximativ 250 de calorii pe zi mai mult decat media normala pentru un adult. Dintre aceste 250 de calorii, in jur de 120 sunt acumulate exclusiv in urma consumarii de bauturi racoritoare sau alimente dulci", a explicat directorul Centrului federal de control si prevenire a maladiilor (CDC), Thomas Frieden.  

Conform unui raport, doua treimi dintre americani sunt obezi sau supraponderali. Pentru bolile cauzate de obezitate, din banii contribuabililor americani sunt alocate aproximativ 150 de miliarde de dolari pe an.

Pe langa scopul de a-i face pe americani sa slabeasca, o astfel de taxa ar aduce si noi fonduri pentru acoperirea unei parti din cheltuielile induse de aceasta maladie. Frieden preconizeaza ca, din colectarea noii taxe, se vor incasa, in zece ani, intre 100 si 200 de miliarde de dolari.

Masura este asemanatoare celei luate pentru reducerea consumului de tutun, care s-au dovedit a fi de succes, in special in New York, unde marirea pretului unui pachet de tigari a dus la reducerea la jumatate a numarului de fumatori.

In 40 dintre cele 50 de state americane exista deja taxe pentru bauturile racoritoare indulcite si pentru mancarea industriala. Autoritatile din sistemul sanitar american considera, insa, ca taxele deja impuse sunt prea mici pentru a avea un impact semnificativ asupra consumatorilor.

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