Here’s What Happened to Workers After Philadelphia Passed a Soda Tax

Pepsi announced last week that it will lay off around 100 employees at distribution plants that supply the Philadelphia area. This is the latest blow for the city’s new beverage tax, which went into effect in January.

  • Everyone likes to ignore why health care costs go up. The dems and the repubs blame each other

    Sugar consumption contributes directly to type II diabetes and other diseases. The direct costs are in the hundreds of billions.

    I am not for the nanny state. But if you add to the cost of health care, you should pay for it.

    • canminuteman

      I don’t need the government to tell me what to eat. I learned how to cook and what a healthy diet looked like from my parents. As a healthy fifty something the results speak for themselves. I will pass the same habits on to my own children..

      Do you think people are consuming less sugar, or just buying it in non taxed jurisdictions?

      The best way to improve peoples’ health would be to get rid of government funded healthcare and get rid of all the rules regarding health insurance. People will only care about their health when they are forced to suffer the consequences of their bad health choices.

      For the government to look after our health and force us to eat the way they want us to eat reduces us to the status of livestock. That is a price too high for me to pay for “free healthcare”.

      • Like it or not, YOU and I, pay a lot more for health care, because of cheap sugar.

        The majority of the crap is eaten by children who have no clue about the long term effects.

        10 year old children with “adult onset diabetes” (type II) is now the norm. You and I get to pay for this.

        You may be smart enough to avoid the problem.

        But putting a junk food tax that reduces children’s ability to consume crap will save countless misery and save you money.

        • Alain

          Government is never the answer whatever the problem may be.

        • tom_billesley

          Children would run about and burn off the excess carbohydrates like sugar. Now they’re too sedentary.

        • canminuteman

          Not in my house it isn’t. If I was responsible for my healthcare, and you were responsible for yours, we could each make our own choices about diet and exercise and deal with the consequences on an individual basis. The solution is not a government mandated diet. The solution is the end of socialized healthcare.

          • All health insurance is based on statistics and actuarial studies.

            If all of the population is to be covered, equally, It is simply impossible to have large portions of the population eating junk food (harmful to health) and not have the average cost of medical insurance go up – for everyone.

            If none of the population ate food “harmful to health” the cost of medical insurance would go down.

            I hate too much government. But I also don’t like $1,000+ a month health insurance. Taxing soda pop to reduce consumption will save me money. And it will also help, dumb fuck kids, who drink the crap like water.

      • Clink9

        If the Gubmint had their way, I would never be able to ride a motorcycle or ski. Or put up my Christmas lights, paint on a ladder, use stairs, drink beer, run with scissors, ……

    • canminuteman

      It’s a mytyh that sugar causes diabetes, google it.

      • Check your computer browser.

        • canminuteman

          “In prediabetes — which can lead to type 2 diabetes — and in type 2 diabetes, your cells become resistant to the action of insulin, and your pancreas is unable to make enough insulin to overcome this resistance. Instead of moving into your cells where it’s needed for energy, sugar builds up in your bloodstream.

          Exactly why this happens is uncertain, although it’s believed that genetic and environmental factors play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Being overweight is strongly linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, but not everyone with type 2 is overweight.”

          http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/basics/causes/con-20033091

          The Mayo Clinic website. I am sure you would accept that as a reputable source. It doesn’t say anything about consuming too much sugar.

  • Spatchcocked

    Two words: Prohibition lite.

  • bargogx1

    The moral of this story is that to both big government and big business, people are nothing but pawns, to be controlled and sacrificed as they see fit.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I don’t know if anyone knows this but the soda companies carved the world into territories.
    Local bottlers bid for the right to distribute soda in their territory.
    It’s like franchising.

  • dance…dancetotheradio