18 mayors, including NYC's, call for testing ways to limit use of food stamps to buy soda

  • Article by: JENNIFER PELTZ , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 6:30 AM

NEW YORK — The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks.

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jbpaperJun. 18, 13 6:43 PM

"...opponents have said such restrictions would be paternalistic and might discourage needy people from getting the subsidies." ----- That sounds like a good reason to do it. If it's going to discourage them from getting the food stamps, they probably didn't really need them in first place.

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StevenJun. 18, 13 9:47 PM

This is wrong and a way for the government to control a segment of society. Just because someone is on “food stamps” does it mean they are dumb, can’t think for themselves? Are too stupid to make healthy choices? What’s next? People who receive any type of aid, not be able to drive? I don’t want to pay for their car and gas; you know there is public transportation. This is just wrong!

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pellcreekJun. 18, 1310:30 PM

Interesting how the "RICH" know how the "POOR" should live & eat. Make more financial sense to ban extravagent cell phone plans & cable TV.........Another interesting thought is health insurance, as in my job gives me lots of benefits as in dental, eye, drug & hospitalization coverage. Too bad you don't have a job like mine because you have to pay your own way.........Let's be more creative in our thinking, as in pay your own way, for everyone................

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thedanmanJun. 18, 1311:52 PM

Yet another case of a handful of people trying to tell others what to do. Keep chipping away, america.

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km9173Jun. 19, 13 8:09 AM

They should add heavily processed foods as a target. These foods and sugary drinks are killing Americans and ultimately raising the cost of healthcare and is this case Medicaid.

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lonstarJun. 19, 13 8:11 AM

If you are taking charity (which is what food stamps is) then you take the charity on the giver's terms. We don't let people buy alcohol or tobacco with food stamps, and this seems a reasonable extension to that.

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gophernateJun. 19, 13 9:29 AM

If needy people decide not to get the subsidies just because they can't get sugary drinks, seriously, how needy are they? I would think if they are needy, they would get the healthiest items they could to maximize the benefit. These subsidies are being paid with our hard-earned tax money, we should be able to say what it can buy.

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wallyworldmnJun. 19, 13 9:39 AM

I appreciate that the Mayors want to try to run our lives for us. Gee, thanks for your concern. (not) What I find really troubling about all of this is the fact that the discussion references that nearly one in six people in the United States are receiving food stamps. The problem is not the sugary drinks. Once again, we are only addressing a symptom of a far greater issue. Our country is in decline before our very eyes.

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elind56Jun. 19, 13 9:41 AM

Interesting conundrum for the left. On the one hand, they advocate policy and law that encourages going on the dole because those getting public assistance are pretty much a lock to vote Democratic across the board. On the other hand, in the interest of 'the children' and 'public health' and all that, they advocate for ever-more restrictive bans on how they can spend that free money. Put enough conditions and restrictions on how those funds can be legally used and they could ultimately lose a critical mass of voters who finally decide to shun the welfare state and get back in the workplace so they don't have to live under the heavy hand of a tyrannical benefactor.

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trev_russellJun. 19, 1311:53 AM

This doesn't tell you what you can't buy. Only what you can't use other people's money to buy. SNAP is intended as a supplemental nutrition program, not a supplemental calorie program. Taxpayers shouldn't be paying for sugary drinks, only to have to pay for the long term health care costs associated with their use later on. Just like alcohol and tobacco. Also GOPers: Bloomberg is a Republican.

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