Limiting food stamp use on sugary drinks

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Updated: 6/19/2013 10:18 am Published: 6/19/2013 10:18 am

NEW YORK (AP) - The American Beverage Association says efforts by the mayors of 18 cities to stop food stamps from being used to buy sugary drinks won't make the nation healthier.

Mayors from cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used for soda and other sugary drinks. They say in a letter sent to congressional leaders Tuesday it's time to evaluate approaches limiting the use of the subsidies for sugar-laden beverages in the interest of fighting obesity.

The American Beverage Association represents the non-alcoholic, refreshment beverage industry. It says obesity is "a complex health condition that affects Americans of all income levels," not just those on food stamps.

Last year more than 47 million Americans used food stamps. The benefits can't go to buy alcohol, cigarettes, hot food and some other items.

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Cpl js1218 - 6/19/2013 12:53 PM
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As a Veteran with health issues that cap my ability to perform long tasks or arduous activity without causing more issues that is awaiting benefits I have paid into for over 12 years and still gets a middle finger from the VA and SSDI my family utilizes food stamps to supplement what money I physically am ordered not to work to earn, I find this offensive. I drink maybe 3 cans of soda per day, since I'm physically unable to sustain substantial gainful employment I am to be denied what little pleasure I get from Dr pepper? I guess our sacrifice isn't as great as the greed running rampant in our predominately Republican representatives. I still stay in shape, with physical therapy, how is pop even a dad gum issue? I see many people abusing the system, and it is morose nasty as well as sad. But to dictate what someone can or cannot buy with food stamps is Fascist. I can see how energy drinks, coffee/java and abusive behaviors should be punished if seen fit, punishing everyone for even what I say is the majority of people using them incorrectly or falsely is horridly biased. It is spit in the face of a veteran who still struggles to get things done, but I do it. I work hard when I can and take full advantage of anything we can get because living off less than $5000 a year is no easy friggin task.
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