Health care reform targets...vending machines?

Tell me this isn't a government operation.

Steve Bartin at Newsalert found a little codicil that will make purchasing those Fritos you get everyday a little more bizarre. The actual language reads:

‘(viii) VENDING MACHINES.-In the case of an
18 article of food sold from a vending machine that-
19 ‘‘(I) does not permit a prospective pur20
chaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel
21 before purchasing the article or does not other22
wise provide visible nutrition information at the
23 point of purchase; and
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1 ‘‘(II) is operated by a person who is en2
gaged in the business of owning or operating 20
3 or more vending machines,
4 the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in
5 close proximity to each article of food or the selec6
tion button that includes a clear and conspicuous
7 statement disclosing the number of calories con8
tained in the article.

The government wants you to feel very guilty everytime you munch, or nosh, or nibble, on food that they think you don't need, or shouldn't be eating because it makes you fat, or is manufactured by a Republican (that last is not yet a reality).

Chances are, manufacturers are going to have to change their packaging so that the calories are displayed on the front of the item in great big numbers. This will make snacks more expensive not only from vending machines, but in stores as well.

Welcome to your government run health care system.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky


Tell me this isn't a government operation.

Steve Bartin at Newsalert found a little codicil that will make purchasing those Fritos you get everyday a little more bizarre. The actual language reads:

‘(viii) VENDING MACHINES.-In the case of an
18 article of food sold from a vending machine that-
19 ‘‘(I) does not permit a prospective pur20
chaser to examine the Nutrition Facts Panel
21 before purchasing the article or does not other22
wise provide visible nutrition information at the
23 point of purchase; and
1516
1 ‘‘(II) is operated by a person who is en2
gaged in the business of owning or operating 20
3 or more vending machines,
4 the vending machine operator shall provide a sign in
5 close proximity to each article of food or the selec6
tion button that includes a clear and conspicuous
7 statement disclosing the number of calories con8
tained in the article.

The government wants you to feel very guilty everytime you munch, or nosh, or nibble, on food that they think you don't need, or shouldn't be eating because it makes you fat, or is manufactured by a Republican (that last is not yet a reality).

Chances are, manufacturers are going to have to change their packaging so that the calories are displayed on the front of the item in great big numbers. This will make snacks more expensive not only from vending machines, but in stores as well.

Welcome to your government run health care system.

Hat Tip: Ed Lasky