California Group Wants Government To Disclose Food Stamp Payments For Unhealthy Food

A new report from a California watchdog group is calling for the U.S. government to disclose how much sugary soda and other unhealthy food is paid for with food stamps at a time when policy makers are searching for ways to contain the spiraling cost of diet-related illness, according to Reuters News. For the full story, click here.

Editor’s Insight: The concern about food stamps being used for unhealthy food is not new. Nor is it without merit. The taxpayer naturally wants government assistance to be used to help people stay healthy and become productive citizens.

The problem, however, is that the cost of policing how people use their government assistance vastly outweighs the benefit. This is why the feds nixed a plan by New York City Mayor Bloomberg plan last year to ban food stamp purchases of sugary drinks. 06-13-12 By Elliot Maras