Lost among the Keystone Kops-ish foibles of the Healthcare.gov roll-out is the ubiquitous iron fist of government coercion: comply, or else.
The newest target of the federal “Two Minutes Hate”? None other than trans fats, which may soon be disappearing from your local grocery store’s shelves:
The doctor makes a highly salient point here: we’re ALREADY seeing a tremendous reduction in trans fat consumption, falling from an intake average of 4.6 grams/day in 2003 to only 1 gram/day in 2012.
So why the sudden push to make it illegal?
Are trans fats really a worse health risk than, say, alcohol or tobacco? You’d have to make that conclusion, since the latter are still legal (for now) and trans fats would not be if the FDA’s proposed ban is enacted.
Heck, even marijuana is being widely legalized: are we to believe that pot is a lower health risk than a frozen pizza or microwave popcorn?
Before anyone starts yelling at me, I’m not arguing for the inclusion of trans fats in food, or even against the legalization of pot. In both cases, I’d prefer to err on the side of freedom. However, I’ll further stipulate that overindulgence of either product is likely not the best choice one could make.
As in: MY choice, and YOURS.
How many times have we mentioned that once the Federal Government has an implicit financial stake in everyone’s health by “providing” health care, the logical result would have that same Government dictating what is and isn’t “permitted” in all aspects of our lives? Virtually everything we do has some impact on our health, which then necessitates our Government-As-Health-Care-Provider should (and will) have their say in the matter.
Everyone should be prepared to have Big Daddy Government hectoring us on an ever-widening range of topics. Wow, I can’t wait!!!
But if you prefer, go ahead and believe that those pesky trans fats are the newest, scariest bogeyman lurking in our closets, …or more accurately, our cupboards.
After all, as our president might say, “If you like your freedoms, you can keep your freedoms, …until I change my mind, of course”.