October 29, 2013

5% on Snacks, Sweets, Sodas

1 Mexico’s Lawmakers Pass Junk Food “Fat Tax”

The lower house of Mexico's congress, the chamber of deputies, has approved legislation that will impose a five percent tax on fatty foods and sugary soft drinks as part of a campaign to reverse a soaring obesity rate that has left Mexico as the statistically fattest major nation on earth. The "fat tax" would be levied on any food that delivers more than 275 calories per 3.5 ounces, and would especially apply to pastries, candies, chocolate, sweet or salty snacks, and puddings. Politicians, food producers and business leaders have criticized the proposed law, which will take effect if approved by the Mexican senate, as an assault on individual rights and free enterprise, but the country's rate of adult overweight and obesity, 70 percent, is viewed as a national health crisis.

More at Globalpost.com | Posted 4 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Mexico Now the World's Most Obese Nation

Tags: Obesity in Mexico, Mexican Fat Tax, Mexican Junk Food Tax, Mexico Fattest Nation, Mexico's Chamber of Deputies

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2 Health Insurance Cancellation Notices in Mail

Some people who purchase their own health insurance are receiving cancellation notices, reports NPR. While President Obama had previously claimed that those who like their health insurance plans can keep them, that may not be true. NPR reports that "likely millions" of people who purchase their own health coverage are receiving letters informing them that their plans are coming to an end because they don't meet requirements of the Affordable Care Act. It's also possible that many of those who are receiving the letters may have to pay more for new coverage. However, it's also possible that some people will end up paying less for better coverage, says White House spokesman Jay Carney.

More at NPR | Posted 4 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Starbucks Won't Cut Benefits for Obamacare

Tags: Affordable Care Act, Obamacare Cuts, Obamacare Health Plans, Health Insurance Plans Cancelled, Healthcaregov

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