What does Obamacare and your grocery store have in common? Nothing really, until the FDA decided they wanted to mess with us.
For those who have been on an alien space ship for the last 3 years, Obamacare is the massive health "care" law that is growing more heads than Hydra. Just when you think you have a handle on it, the damn thing grows another head that infringes on personal liberty and steals more money from your wallet.
In this case, Obamacare and your grocery store are now married in a twisted sort of way.
If the Food and Drug Administration gets its way, your trip to the grocery store could get a tad pricier.
Supermarket owners argue a pending federal food-labeling rule that stems from the new health care law would overburden thousands of grocers and convenience store owners -- to the tune of $1 billion in the first year alone.
The rule stems from an ObamaCare mandate that restaurants provide nutrition information on menus. Most in the restaurant industry were supportive of the idea, but when the FDA decided to extend the provision to also affect thousands of supermarkets and convenience stores, the backlash was swift.
The proposed regulation would require store owners to label prepared, unpackaged foods found in salad bars and food bars, soups and bakery items.
We already have the Internal Revenue Service, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Peace Corps and the federal Office of Personnel Management with their fingers in Obamacare. What's one more federal agency and another billion or so in extra hidden taxes?
Yes, I said hidden taxes.
The Supreme Court said Obamacare is a tax, and this will be an additional consumer cost directly tied to Obamacare which means it is a hidden tax.
The FDA says much of ObamaCare is aimed at helping Americans live healthier lives, and these proposed labeling requirements would help them do just that. In the text of the proposed regulation, the FDA states: "[The information] should help consumers limit excess calorie intake and understand how the foods that they purchase at these establishments fit within their daily caloric and other nutritional needs."
Nutritional labels have existed on pre-packaged foods for years now and yet we, as a nation, are becoming fatter. So why will this proposed FDA rule change things?
Obamacare and your grocery store. Just one more stupid government trick.